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FNG: How do I get the door panel off?

Cyclepsycho

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96 XLT
Hello,

I'm a new guy here and this is my first posting. I just picked up a 1996 XLT in nice shape. The previous owners babied it, at least according to the pile of receipts that came with it and I'm happy to make it a member of the family.

I'm a motorcycle guy for the most part
http://cyclepsycho.com but also work on my 4 wheeled rigs when I can. My Explorer's rear driver's side door lock does not engage. You can hear the lock motor spin but I suspect that the rod that connects the lock mechanism is not connected. So my question is this:
How do I remove the door panel to repair this? Are their clips or screws or what?
I don't want to get to aggressive and break something off (not that that has ever happened before) so I'd appreciate it if you could help me out here.

Thanks
 






jssong

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im not positive, but i believe you first remove that plastic piece around the door handle. then the screws behind that. then unclip all the clips that go around the edge of the door. but i do believe there are some more detailed instructions if you use the search button. welcome to the site.
 






X~FACTOR

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'97 XLT 4-dr SOHC
There is a tool that you could get in Auto parts store specially made to remore trims including door panels. I don't have a picture of it but it looks like a flat screw driver with 2 angled heads.

Ohh, welcome to the site.:)
 












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