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How To Remove Front Door Panel 98-02 Lincoln Town Car

Created on: 2011-04-27

Learn how to remove the interior door panel on your 98-02 Lincoln Town Car with this 1A Auto instructional video

  1. step 1 :Remove the door panel
    • Unscrew the door lock
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the door pull.
    • Remove the two screws now exposed.
    • Continue to the bottom of the door panel and remove the two screws there.
    • Pry up the window switch panel and disconnect the wiring connectors.
    • Use a putty knife to unclip the door panel.
    • Disconnect the now exposed wiring connection and set aside your door panel while you perform other maintenance.
  2. step 2 :Install the door panel
    • Locate the fastening pins on the door and line them up with the panel.
    • Connect the wiring harness connections.
    • Line up the door panel and clip it into the door.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to secure the door panel with the four screws.
    • Install the door pull handle.
    • Screw the door lock knob back on.

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    Complete Torx Bit Set

Installation Video
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Brought to you by Your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my twenty-plus years' experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from The rights parts installed correctly. That's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video we show you how to remove and replace the door panel on this 2000 Lincoln Town Car, same as any '98 to '02. Tools you'll need could vary; this vehicle had been apart a few times so it required a Phillips and a flat blade and a Torx bit driver. I believe you should be able to just do this with a Phillips screwdriver if your car has not been previously molested. Door panel removal; it's fairly simple. On this vehicle this door panel's been taken apart a bunch of times so some of the fasteners may be different for you. As well as, for example, it has a screw here, which I believe most cars probably don't. The reason it has a screw here I believe is because so many of the pins in behind to hold it are broken. The way we'll start is remove your door lock knob just by unscrewing it. In under here should be two- on this vehicle they're Phillips screws. Just put your screwdriver up under there. Now this other Phillips screw up in here. This pulls out and then right in here you'll see there's another Phillips screw; it goes into the door panel.

As you can tell I've been fast forwarding when I get to the monotonous stuff. You remove that screw and then there's another screw next to the rear side of the pole. At the bottom there's two more Phillips screws. It's a little indent in the carpet. Put your screwdriver in there, twist it a little bit, you'll get to the screw. This car has a little Torx screw here. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be there or not. I'm going to remove it. This may not be on all cars. And there is another screw here but this is broken on my car so I know there's no screw in there. Then what there is there's a series of clips. You want to work your hand underneath here and there's one clip right here. Get your hand as close to those; you can slide your hand underneath and you slide it over and you feel it getting tighter and tighter. Then you give a good pull and get that clip out. Then come up here on the top now you give a good pull; another clip there. On these vehicles there's more clips. There's clips in the middle and more on the edge, but like I said, this vehicle's been apart a few times. Actually, before you pull the door panel off you want to pull your window switch up in the front and then pull it out. There's a series of harnesses that just have little tabs. You press the tab pull the harness down; okay this gray one, tab you have, pull it down. The tab here on the black one; another tab here for the brown one.

Now pull the panel away and there's a few more harness connections back here: a couple of small harnesses with a black and white connector. Press a little button here; pull that apart. There's a blue connector here that has a tab on it that you pull the wires on the blue connector, pull the tab out. It's hard to see. Your break connector here; again big tab. Pull it apart. Oops. Looks like that screws not all the way out. Okay, and your door panel is off. With the door panel off you can see there's a whole bunch of different places here, here, here, here, here and all up here. Those are the different places where there would be pins. My door panel like I said is pretty broken. Looks like this car has been apart a few times so most of those pins weren't holding anything. The only things they were holding were here, down here, and up here.

Reinstalling the door panel is pretty much a reversal of the procedure. First we're going to reconnect some of the harnesses here. Let's see, the black one, reconnect the black one. Get the panel close, blue one, and this gray one. Keep in mind my panel doesn't have hardly any of the tabs it should have to hold it. Put it up here; get my lock through. There are some tabs that are longer that go into holes to locate everything. I've got my front one in here. Then I pull all my harnesses through; make sure they're not getting caught up anywhere.

I have to make sure that we get these brackets through. I'm going to start by doing this screw which probably you may not have, because it holds everything in. Put this screw down in we have here. Very carefully feed this screw in. This strap you need to have just a regular pole on one side it's kind of a domed pole and that you want to be on top. It's a pole with a notch in it, as well. It goes on top. Make sure that it goes around the bracket in there and pull it. With these you want to make sure you're right up against there and you feel in, get it started; make sure you can't pull it out so it's in the right spot. Same thing with this one. Get it in the right spot here. I just speed up through finishing that screw and then give it a quick test. The locks back on, and if you have a screw down here you can reinstall that as well. The switch panel; back that in; lock into place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • Complete Torx Bit Set

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