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Pelican Technical Article:

911 Door Panel Removal

Bob Tindel


1 hour1 hr






Flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, stiff putty knife, metric Allen key set,

Applicable Models:

Porsche 911 (1965-89)
Porsche 912 (1965-69)
Porsche 930 Turbo (1976-89)

Parts Required:

White Lithium grease

Performance Gain:

Mechanical components under interior door panels get greased and lubricated

Complementary Modification:

Replace the door panels

The procedure described below is for a 911SC, but other models are similar.

There may be some minor differences in other year models, but this is how I removed the door panels on my 1983 911SC:

1. Remove door lock button and window sill. The sill is held by two screws, one on each end. The rear screw is under a small plastic plug.

2. Remove the rotary unlocking knob. Pry the cover off the center of the knob and remove the Phillips screw.

3. Disconnect the main door latch. This little linkage is under the door pull handle, and snaps into a small plastic coupling.

4. Gently pry the window switch from the door panel (stiff putty knife works well--be careful not to bend the little metal bezel in the panel that the switch snaps into). Disconnect the wires, after noting which wire connects to which terminal.

5. Remove radio speaker grills.

6. Remove door pockets. There are three machine screws along the bottom edge of each pocket, one sheet-metal screw on each end, and one sheet-metal screw in the center under the pocket lid. Also remove the small plastic door-pocket bracket near the front of the door.

7. Remove the door pull handle. These are held by four allen-head screws, two at the top and two inside holes near the bottom of the handle.

8. Make sure any remaining screws/bolts holding the panel are removed. Then carefully pry the plastic retaining clips loose. Again, a stiff putty knife or scraper works well.

9. This is a good opportunity to inspect the inside of the door to make sure the drain holes are clear, and that there is no rust. Also a good time to lubricate all of the mechanical linkages in the door.


Comments and Suggestions:
Ed Comments: I can't get the drivers door to open. The door handle on the outside is tight but does depress. The inside one seems frozen. How do I get the door open?
March 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove the door panel and manually release the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nevadasmith Comments: I have a 1973 911 Porsche Targa. I need to replace the front seat belts. They both come up from the rear and thru a slot in the rear panels. How do I remove the panels and get the seat belts thru the slots? Thanks. Also what is the best book that I can get to work on my Porsche.
March 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove the screws from the upper portion of the interior panel, disconnect the speaker if equipped. Be careful not to mix up screws as they are usually a different length. Disconnect the seat belt and slide the pieces of belt through the trim panel. As for repair manuals for that car the factory really did a great job back then. If you're serious about keeping your car on the road look for a second hand or reproduced set of Original Factory Repair Manuals aka Shop Manual. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Ron Comments: My driver side door will not close on my 1980,911SC. I can turn the locking mechanism with my hand but the door will not close. I was on the freeway and the door opened and when I tried to close it the door pull started to pull from the panel and the door would not close all the way. It will not close at all now. Do you think the door is out of alignment? The door pull has almost slipped off of the metal attachment screwed to the door panel.
June 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the door is not properly aligned with the body, the hinges must be damaged. I would check that the latch is functioning normally. Then repair the door hinges. You may have to visit a body shop if metal work is needed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
OttoBob Comments: #2 above - After removing the Phillips screw and removing the rotary knob, then turn the large plastic plate counterclockwise to remove it... don't remove the small circlip like I did, because I broke it, and it was not necessary.
May 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Dave at Pelican Parts Comments: Pictures can be found in this thread:
November 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks Dave. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mholbrook38 Comments: Stock speaker grills do not need to be removed. The speakers are screwed to the metal inner door structure. In my case, removing the grills resulted in 3 of 4 plastic posts being broken.

While you are in there, check all those allen bolts that fix the window regulator to the inner door structure. Lock tite them if you find them loose.

Lubricate your window regulator and door check.
November 20, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts

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