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How to Remove Rear Door Panel 09-18 Ram 1500

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How to Remove Rear Door Panel 09-18 Ram 1500

Created on: 2018-04-09

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a door panel. Door panels need to be removed to access the inside components of the door, like the window regulator or exterior door handles on 16 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry out the trap door behind the door handle
    • Remove the Phillips screw behind the door handle
    • Pry out the door handle bezel
    • Remove the five plastic Phillips screws from the door panel perimeter
    • Pry off the window pillar trim piece
    • Pry up the window switch
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harness
    • Pull the door panel up and off
  2. step 2 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Feed the wiring harness through the panel and insert the panel onto the door lock
    • Press the door panel into place
    • Connect the wiring harness to the window switch
    • Press the window switch into place
    • Slide on the door handle bezel
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the bezel
    • Press on the trap door
    • Press on the pillar trim

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

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

We'll open up the door, and here we have the door panel. We are going to start at the door handle right here. With a small, flat-tipped screwdriver, we're going to pop this little secret panel out. You'll pop it from the top down, and then there's a Phillips head screw right behind it. We're going to go ahead and remove that. With that same flat-tipped screwdriver, you can poke in here and pull out, and you want to pull from this side because right here hooks on to the back. We'll pull that out.

Around the door are these five plastic, they look like T20 Torx screws, but they're actually made out of plastic. And to get them out, you have to be very gentle because they are plastic, and, usually, the whole thing turns, but once you get them loose, then we'll have to pull this out, as well, once we get to that point.

Now we need to pop out these little plastic retainers, and we're going to do that with a trim tool, which you can actually buy at We'll have to get it in behind there first, though. There we go. You can see, once you've pried on it, it pops right out. They often fall on the ground as you're trying to do this. There we go. There's the second one. Up at the top, we have this trim piece, and this thing just pops off with three little push pins. We have to take out the window switch next, which you can use the trim panel tool to remove, and when we'll want to unplug it by pushing down on this tab and then sliding the connector out. Now, we're going to pull the door handle or door panel up, and it should come right off.

We're going to put the door panel on. We're going to start with the window switch, feeding it up through here, and the door lock up on this corner. It's a little tricky to find or trickier than expected. There it is. We'll plug the window switch in. Now, we're going to slide the door handle bezel over the door handle, doing the back first and snapping it into place, and then we have the Phillips head screw that goes in the center. After the screw, we have this little cap that covers the screw. All right. Now, we're going to put these little push pins in all the holes, and we'll follow those up with the screws. All right. Now, you'll see the bottom of this trim panel has these two, little pins that line up on the door panel, so you want to make sure you line those up, and it just snaps right in.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

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