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Front Door Panel Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, door panel clip tool, T25 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Door panel, vapor barrier, vapor barrier seal, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Access to items behind door panel

Complementary Modification:

Replace vapor barrier

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, window regulator, door latch and door mirror. In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the front door panel on your Volvo V70. I suggest having extra door panel clips on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing. You can also use this tech article to simply replace your interior door panel with a new one. Often times the lined area near the armrest sags, and replacement is the only way to repair this issue.

This tech article covers the front. See our tech article on rear door panel removing, should you need access to what is behind your rear door panels.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, window regulator, door latch and door mirror.
Figure 1

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, window regulator, door latch and door mirror. In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the front door panel on your Volvo V70. I suggest having extra door panel clips on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing. You can also use this tech article to simply replace your interior door panel with a new one. Often times the lined area near the armrest sags, and replacement is the only way to repair this issue.

Working at the inner pull handle of the door panel, use a small pick and remove the small plastic cover.
Figure 2

Working at the inner pull handle of the door panel, use a small pick and remove the small plastic cover.

Then remove the T25 Torx screw under the cover.
Figure 3

Then remove the T25 Torx screw under the cover.

Next up you have to remove the trim cover (red arrow) at the inner corner of the door panel.
Figure 4

Next up you have to remove the trim cover (red arrow) at the inner corner of the door panel.

Pull the trim cover straight off to remove it.
Figure 5

Pull the trim cover straight off to remove it. It has three clips that will detach as you pull it away.

Working at the inner release handle of the door panel, pull the trim cover straight off.
Figure 6

Working at the inner release handle of the door panel, pull the trim cover straight off. Most times I use a small plastic lever to detach the trim cover along the upper edge, then wiggle the bottom out. There are four clips that secure it to the door handle.

Using a door panel clip tool, release the door panel clips (red arrows).
Figure 7

Using a door panel clip tool, release the door panel clips (red arrows). I like to start at the lower corner. I then work my way around the door panel, releasing all the other clips.

Once the door panel clips have been disconnected, lift the top of the door panel straight off the door.
Figure 8

Once the door panel clips have been disconnected, lift the top of the door panel straight off the door.

Pull the door panel back enough to access all the electrical connectors.
Figure 9

Pull the door panel back enough to access all the electrical connectors. Disconnect the power window switch electrical connectors by pressing the release tabs (red arrow) pulling the connectors straight out of the switch.

Then, disconnect the power mirror electrical connectors, by pressing the release tab (red arrow) and pulling the connector straight out.
Figure 10

Then, disconnect the power mirror electrical connectors, by pressing the release tab (red arrow) and pulling the connector straight out.

Then, disconnect the tailgate and fuel door release electrical connectors, by pressing the release tab (red arrow) pulling the connector apart.
Figure 11

Then, disconnect the tailgate and fuel door release electrical connectors, by pressing the release tab (red arrow) pulling the connector apart. Once all the electrical connectors are disconnected and detached from the door panel, remove the door panel from the vehicle. You can now service items behind the door panel and repair them as needed. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all the wiring as it was before.


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