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How To: Remove/Replace 3rd Gen Door Panel

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by BigRondo, January 13, 2011.

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    1. BigRondo

      BigRondo USMC 1371 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      It is a beautiful thing! :p:
       
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      i had this dang door panel off so many times looking for the wire shorts that i can do it in my sleep. But this write up is right on the money. wish it was here when i first started the electrical fix. Good job.
       
    4. BigRondo

      BigRondo USMC 1371 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Thank you. I'm happy to help out. :D
       
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      Hi,
      Anyone got a 3rd gen rear door panel removal steps....i need to change out the outside right rear door handle.
       
    6. BigRondo

      BigRondo USMC 1371 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      This IS the write-up. The procedure is the same for the 4 doors. The only difference is the driver door having more switches & the rear doors not having the lock/unlock switch.

      Follow this write-up and you will fine. :thumbsup:
       
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      OMG! What an awsome resource this site is. I just found a broken wire in the door boot that I would never have even looked for if I hadn't found this forum. I had the door off and the wire spliced and put back together in less than an hour. Can you imagine what the dealership would have charged? My windows work great now and I know where to find help I something else goes wrong......
       
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      BigRondo USMC 1371 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Welcome aboard!! :salute:

      Nice job on the fix! :D:thumbsup:
       
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      Great instructions!!! I love the flatware tool. Are you required to remove the door panel to access the wires in the rubber tube at the door and finder? I just wanted to make sure before I pulled the driver side door panel. Thanks for the assistance, Mach1
       
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      Thank you. :thumbsup:

      The flatware tool is very versatile. :p:

      If you take off the door panel & remove the speaker, then you have great access to the wires in the rubber boot on the door side.

      It helps to know what wires you are looking for. I have the shop manuals & wiring diagrams and can assist. Let me know. ;):thumbsup:
       
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      I am trying to get my keyless pad working on the drivers side door. It was lighting up late this afternoon but when I entry the code nothing happens. I have two codes one the used car dealer gave me (Ford plastic card) with the owners manual.
      When I could not get the keyless pad to work, I remove the right rear passager seat belt / shoulder belt cover to get to the CPU unit and it was a different number and it does not work either.
      I know there was a service bulletin issued by Ford that the control under the drivers seat had a grounding issue. This can result in a number of locking and window issues.
      If the keyless pad lights are coming on when it is not raining. Could I have a keyless pad issue? How do I get the pad off to verify if water is creating the issue? HELP!
      Thanks in Advance. :)
      I need to know the color of the wires.
       
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      windows only work when door is open

      so we have a 2003 explorer that the windows will work only when the door is open. soon as you shut the door, none of the windows work - is this likely a bad wire somewhere between the boot at the hinge or inside the door?
       
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      yea that is definitely a bad wire. most likely in the boot, but removing the door panel and speaker will make it a lot easier to get to the broken wire.
       
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      windows only work when door is open

      yep, just got thru the process of removing the door panel and voila! peel back some electrical tape and thar she was, black wire severed. now for the tricky part of making a splice right there between the door and the front quarter panel.... I am really starting to love this forum! now if my nissan titan forum could just be so helpful!!!
       
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      Nicely done. :D:thumbsup:

      Take your time splicing the wires. See if you can pull the broken wire into the door & into the cabin. Then splice a jumper wire between the 2.

      Good luck with the fix!
       
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      waaaaahoooooo!!!! another glorious victory!!! replaced blend actuator door, now I have fixed the windows, I feel like a man again. now if I could get my wife to share in that notion....
       
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      It isn't gonna happen. :p:
       
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      just beat her.. just kidding, don't do that.
       
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      I know this is old, but the pics no longer work on this walkthrough
       
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      Welcome aboard!! :salute:

      Sorry about the missing pics. I'm working on getting that sorted.

      I'll send some stuff tonight when I get home tonight.
       
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      Thanks so much! 2 broken black wires! Took slowpoke here much more than an hour - but its all better! Now perhaps I can try some other items. Baby Steps!
       
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      I need to replace a faulty door lock actuator. These instructions were super clear about taking off the door panel - thanks! But as a repair novice, what do I do about the foam noise panel on the inside? Can I carefully remove it and reglue it back on?
       
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      I need to do this....Anyone have pics that work?
       

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