How to Take Off the Door Panels on a Ford Expeditionby Allen Moore
If the window regulator, window motor, door lock actuator, latch or any other internal door component in your Ford Expedition is malfunctioning, you will need to remove the door panels before you can address the problem. You should always use care when removing interior trim, as it can break easily and is often expensive to replace. Anyone with basic automotive repair experience can take off the Ford Expedition's door panels in less than a half hour.
Pry the window switch bezel off the door panel, using the trim tool. You can purchase a trim tool at just about any automotive parts retailer for a minimal price.
Unplug the window and door lock switch wiring harnesses from the underside of the switches by hand.
Pry the front, upper triangular trim piece off the inner A-pillar, using the trim tool.
Remove the screw located behind the triangular trim, using the Philips screwdriver.
Pry the small trim cover out from behind the inner door handle, using the pocket screwdriver (there is a slot in the trailing edge of the panel where you can insert the screwdriver tip for removal purposes).
Remove the screw located behind the window switch bezel, using the Philips screwdriver.
Pry the courtesy light lens, located at the lower rear corner of the panel, with the trim tool. Remove the screw located behind the lens, using the Philips screwdriver.
Lift the door panel up and off the door. Disconnect the courtesy light bulb wiring from the socket before moving the panel away from the door.
- "Ford Expedition 1997 Through 2009: Haynes Manual;" Ken Freund; 2009
- If so equipped, the driver’s door will require an extra step prior to taking the panel off. Pry the mirror switch out of the door and disconnect the switch by hand.
Things You'll Need
- Trim tool
- Philips screwdriver
- Pocket screwdriver
Allen Moore's career includes awards in poetry and creative fiction, published lyrics, fiction books and nonfiction articles as well as a master certification in automotive service from the Ford Motor Company. Moore is a contributing writer for RF365.com and various other websites, a ghostwriter for Rainbow Writing and has over a dozen works of fiction currently in print.