Removing Car Door Panels On A Toyota Camry - 1997-2001

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Toyota Model: Camry
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Start:


On a Camry it's important to open the window before removing the door panel. If the window is left up the door panel can bump into it when it's removed.
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We popped off this upper piece by prying straight outwards with a flat pry bar.
Then we pried off this little plastic cap with a tack puller.
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We removed the screw with a #2 Phillips screwdriver.
There was another plastic cap in the middle of the armrest. There was a Phillips screw behind this cover.
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We removed two screws from underneath the armrest, as well as the screw from behind the cap.
There was another screw near the front of the panel.
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Finally, there were two screws at the bottom of the panel.
The Moment Of Truth:

Then we slipped a thin flat pry bar behind the door panel and pried away from the door. We started at the rear.

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We advanced forward along the underside of the panel, all the way to the front.
Back Up:

We needed to pry off the trim ring around the door release handle. This was kinda tricky, even for experienced body mechanics.

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This trim ring needed to be contorted to separate it from handle.
We lifted the panel up slightly (about an inch) and pulled it away from the door.
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The power window/door switch module needed to be removed from the door panel. There was one simple tab at the rear of the module.
The switch assembly wiring was disconnected by pressing a tab in the center of the connector.
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The back view of the Camry front door panel.
A close-up shot of the snap-clips that hold the door in place. There are 4 of these clips.
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A close-up of the lip that connects the door panel at the top. MANY door panels use this method for securing the top area.

Back Door:

We pried off the little triangle-shaped cover.
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We removed the screw for the door release trim ring.
There was a screw hidden behind a cap on the forward side of the door pull. This was hard to see from outside the car.
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Tricky Stuff:


It would be easy to miss this special fastener on the rear edge of the door panel.
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We pushed on the center of the pin.
Then we used a tack puller to pry on the outer ring, and the entire pin came right out.
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Finally we slipped a flat pry bar underneath the door panel and pried away from the structure. It's important to start at the rear bottom corner, then work upwards, and then towards the front.

Source:http://www.bodyshopzone.com/archives/trim/door_panels/Toyota/Camry_2000_front/removal_f4.html