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How to remove the door panel on a 993
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How to remove the door panel on a 993


<1 hour






Philips screwdriver, 5mm socket, ratchet.

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Performance Gain:

Interior door panel access.

Complementary Modification:

Speaker repair or upgrade.

How to remove the door panel on a 993

The pictures and the procedure of this DIY is based on the 993 door panel with the factory 10 speaker hi-fi option, there maybe some minor difference in procedures to take off the door panels of a none 10 speaker hi-fi optioned 993.

(1). Use a philips screw driver to remove the door panel screw around the bottom and the side of the door panel, and remove the screw inside of the door pocket.  The below pictures will show the approximate location of these screws.


(2). Once you have removed all the screws the bottom portion (speaker panel) of the door panel should pop right off easily.  If it doesn't come off do not force it off, check for additional screws.  Once the internal speaker box is exposed you can unscrew the screws that hold the speaker box to the door.

(3). Pull the speaker box forward and disconnect the connection to the back of the speaker box. 

(4). Pull on the door handle and pop the door handle hinge up to release the door handle.

(5). Unbolt the three 5 mm (I think that is the right size) allen bolts on the door handle

(6). Now the door panel is ready to be pop out.  There are two strategic spots where you would apply the pulling force to remove the panels, and that is on the either side of the panel.  The below picture shows you where the plastic pop rivet is located at on the door panel.

(7). You will have to unplug the windows switch from it's wiring harness when you remove the door panel at the same time.   When re-installing the panel you can install the panel first and plug in the windows switch later.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Kent Comments: I have 993c4 and my passenger side speaker works on and off any suggestions to fix would be appreciated.
Kent Williamson
January 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove the speaker and check the connection, if ok, the speaker may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tim Comments: I have a 993 cabriolet 1996. The door has jammed solid - the lock itself is free and locking/unlocking. I have sprayed copious wd40 in to the latch and tried to dismantle the door from the inside but no use. Any ideas I have tried pulling and pushing it from inside!
December 31, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try holding the lock in the unlocked position, then unlatch the door. Do this from inside the door. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jim Comments: Jim from above 12/10/15 - sorted! the actuator pin in the door lock mechanism has seized - removed door handle / lock assembly, liberal use of Plusgas freed pin off, cleaned polished n greased pin and all working as the good Doctor envisaged! Reassembled and all working fine.
October 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Jim Comments: Hi Pelican type guy - I have a problem with the door handle / latching mechanism on my '97 993C4S; - I opened the door 'normally', pulling the external trigger but now the door won't latch closed and the trigger remains in the fully retracted position and feel 'limp' - i.e not connected. I can't get the door to close and latch and the trigger remains ineffective - thoughts???
October 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The door latch may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jim Comments: I have a '95 993 C4, the passenger door speaker is not working, can it be repaired, are there replacements available? If so, at what price?
July 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can replace it. I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
LGR993 Comments: Dear all

I have a problem with the passenger seat of my 1997 993 Carrera 4S: it only moves forward partially. Only the right side moves. The left side stays stil ! Can any one help me on this?

Best regards

Luis Portugal
June 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check if something is jammed in the seat rail. If it is clear of obstruction, check if the drive cable is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
993 C4S Comments: Is there a similar description available how to remove, or better, adjust the door panel toppers? I have different gaps to the dash driver vs passenger which I would like to adjust.
March 13, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They are not adjustable. The panel is held on by trim panel clips. You could have some broken ones, causing the panel to sag. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Franklin356 Comments: Does Pelican offer the innermost smaller door panel clad in black vinyl, driver's side? I think it"s part no 9935550930205T
February 8, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, it is located here: ?pn=OEM-9935550930205T&catalog_description=Genuine%20Porsche%20Part%3A%20DOOR%20TRIM%20BLACK%0D - Nick at Pelican Parts
Stewart Comments: If you look at the included picture what I am looking for is the black speaker grill on the lower part of the door panel. These are supposedly from Porsche and were an upgraded option when purchasing the car
February 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I understand what you're referring to now. The upgraded speaker package was option M490, and the speaker grilles you are looking for are part number 993-555-777-00-01C - available these days only in black. You can punch this number into our search engine to order them (they are Genuine Porsche). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Stewart Comments: Does Pelican offer the factory 10 speaker hi-fi replacement grills for the front doors as both of mine are in need of replacing, Thank you
February 22, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe - I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to though. My sales guys can probably look it up if it was a Genuine Porsche option. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
993CAB Comments: Thank you - the guidance was very helpful. My 993 is an early production 1995 Cab. I purchased a set of Carbon Fiber Door Inserts, which are larger than the OEM pieces. It appears these are made for the 1997 - 98 models. These do not seem to fit. Am I correct in assuming that these cannot be made to fit my car? If these indeed will not fit are the carbon pieces available for my car? Any suggestions or help will be appreciated.

August 29, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It might be that the cabriolet has differently sized sills, I'm not sure... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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