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How to Remove Front Inside Door Panel 08-12 Ford Escape

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  1. step : Removing the Front Door Panel (0:32)
    • Pry off the trim around the mirror switch with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
    • Remove the trim door behind the inside door handle with a pick
    • Remove the T30 star bit from the door handle
    • Pry up the door pull cover with a pick
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door pull
    • Remove the three Phillips screw on the side edge of the door panel
    • Pry the mirror switch up with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Pry out the door panel clips from the door panel with a trim tool
    • Remove the door cable from the handle
  2. step : Installing the Front Door Panel (3:54)
    • Connect the door cable to the handle
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Press the door panel into place and clip it in
    • Tighten the three Phillips screws to the side edge of the door panel
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the door pull
    • Replace the door pull trim
    • Tighten the T30 star bit to the door handle
    • Press the door handle trim into place
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Press the mirror switch into place

Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to remove and reinstall the front inside door panel on this 2012 Ford Escape. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to 1aauto.com.

All right. We're going to remove this cover right here. This is for the switch for the mirrors, and I'm just going to use the trim tool to go behind here, pop this out, just like that. To disconnect the mirror switch, just push down right here and slide that out. Next I'm going to take a pick tool, and you just want to take this cover off behind the inside door handle. Just gonna pull it forward and pull that cover off.

Next, we're going to take this screw out, we're going to use a T30 socket extension in a ratchet. Take that screw out. This little cover that's right here, we're just going to remove that. Use a little pick tool, slide underneath here, and pull it out.

Next is a screw down here. I'm just going to use a Phillips head screwdriver to take this screw out. Take that screw out. There's some screws along here on the side right there. Take those two screws out, just use the Phillip's head screwdriver. There's another screw that's right here on the front of the door. Just use a Phillip's head screwdriver, take this one out.

I'm going to take a trim tool. Now, normally, you'd pry underneath here, pry up here and then pry up here, this vehicle has two clips right here and right here and on this vehicle, these clips are broken, so normally you would have to struggle a little bit more to get this piece off, but just keep in mind, this goes straight up. Take those clips off and I'm gonna disconnect the electrical connectors right here. Just push on this tab, slide it out. Push on this tab, slide it out.

I'm just gonna take a trim tool, go in between the door panel and just pry out. There's clips all around the door holding it on. Just like that. Just be able to grab the door panel and just slide up. There's a cable that's attached right here to the front--I'm just going to slide this out, just like that and then slide the cable up, slide the retainer out, and then there's a connector right here--just disconnect this connector. Just push the tab and slide it down.

All right, we'll take this door panel. We're gonna slide these wires through here, or at least get 'em in that area. Reconnect this electrical connector for the door locks. Line that up, lock it in place. We'll take this, I wanna get this retainer through the slot right here, just like that and then we're gonna slide this cable to the side and then lock it in right there, just like that. I'll take the door panel and make sure those wires are right there. Take this lock rod. We want this lock rod on here. Line that up and then at the top, make sure you pull that wiring harness out. The top of the door panel you want to slide into place up here. That looks good. We'll get the door pins to line up, all the way around. Just apply a little pressure. Just like that.

I'll take this screw and use a T30 socket extension in a ratchet, tighten this up. Snug that down, not too tight 'cause it is plastic. Take this little cover, this is gonna line up in here and just press it in place, just like that.

Right. Now we're going to install these three screws. There's two on the backside here, one goes on the front side right here. Just take a Phillip's head screwdriver, get this started right here. Before I tighten it up, I'm just gonna get 'em all started. All right, those are all started, so now I'll snug 'em down.

For reinstalling this trim piece, take the electric connectors, line 'em up, lock it in place, just like that. Then there's some tabs that should be right here. On this vehicle they broke off, they go right there and right there. You're gonna want to line those up and then with them lined up, just push it down. Then we'll take this Phillip's head screw and the screwdriver and get that started. Now we'll take this cover and slide it into position.

Now, we'll take the electrical connector, get this lined up, lock that down and then line these two tabs up; retainers. You might have to pull this out a little bit. Right there. Lock it in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set


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