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Replacing door lock switch

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Bymet, September 29, 2010.

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      Hello to all
      I am new to your web site & need a little advice

      I have a 96 Explorer XLT & need to replace the drivers side door lock switch. Any tips on how to get to the switch? Does that panel simply pop off?

      Thanks

      Jim
       
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      Careful though- the front door switch panels hook in differently- pop the panel off (remove 2 screws by the door handle and the door handle surround trim, it pops off)

      Then pull the panel off (same clips hold it on)

      The top triangle section of the panel by the mirror has a L-shaped tab that you have to lift up to release. (Circled by yellow below)

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      Once all of the white clips are released, you will have to push the bottom of the panel straight up to release the top edge from between the black rubber window trim. Most likely it will feel like it is stuck, but it's just gunk and crap holding it in that channel. You may have to push pretty hard before it lets go, that's why you need to be mindful of that L-clip up top. It helps to push the back half up first, then do the front.

      Then the switch pod and door handle slides through the back of the panel.
       
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      Jim,

      Right. The arm rest that the master switch is slid into place in (from the back) doesn't come off - it's part of the panel. You have to take off the whole panel and your master switch will be able to slide out from the panel and stay plugged into the door. Unplug from door, replace with new switch, slide back into panel, and install.

      The white clips are christmas trees - you're not familar with them? They are plastic little things that push and connect plastic panels together. You can get a flat blade screwdriver and slide it inbetween the door and the panel until you find a tree, then (as gently as you can) pry it off. Or, they make a tool that you can buy for 5 bucks from the auto store that works well. Once you get all of these off, you will be able to slide the whole panel up and off of the door. Make sure when you go to put the panel back on that none of the christmas trees are stuck in the door still - take them out of the door and slide them into their grooves in the panel before you go to put it back on.
       
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      The door panel fasteners are attached to the panel and are just pushed into place. A big slot screwdriver or special panel tool will work. Gently pry the panel away from the door starting in the lower corner. Once you can get your fingers in there you can gently pull on the panel to help pop it off along with the screwdriver. Remember the panel wraps around the top of the door so lift straight up once the trees are out. You might be able to pop the trees, reach under to disconnect the harness and drop the switches out without lifting the panel completely off the door.
       

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      Thanks guys for your help. I've got the tool to get them off so I should be OK.

      Jim
       

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