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How to Replace Rear Door Panel 98-01 VW Passat

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How to Replace Rear Door Panel 98-01 VW Passat

Created on: 2012-01-31

If you need to access parts like the door lock actuator, window regulator, or exterior door handle, this video will show you how to remove the door panel

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Remove the trim panel on the door handle by separating the clips with a screwdriver
    • Take out the two Phillips screws
    • Remove the T25 Torx screw from the bottom of the door
    • Using a door panel clip tool or a putty knife separate the clips around the door
    • Slide panel up and off
    • Undo the clip at the top to separate the cable
    • Press the tab on the harnesses to release the door panel
    • Pull on the tab to disconnect the light
  2. step 2 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Reconnect the door light
    • Reconnect the wire harnesses to the door
    • Reconnect the cable to the back of the door panel
    • Push the lock into place
    • Hit the panel to reset the clips
    • Replace the two Phillips screws in the door handle
    • Replace the T25 Torx screw in the bottom of the door
    • Replace the door handle panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Putty Knife

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Door Panel Removal Tool

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T25 Driver

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In this video, we show you how to remove and reinstall a rear door panel on this 2001 Volkswagen Passat, same as any '98 to '01. The tools you'll need for this repair: a flat-blade screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a T25 Torx driver, and a door panel clip tool, or a putty knife will work if you don't have a door panel clip tool.

To start, put the screwdriver up in here. Push nice and firm. Then you twist Okay, this little clip came out. We'll put it back on. Okay, there's a Phillips screw there, a Phillips screw there, and then a T25 Torx screw right under there. Okay, and I'll just speed up as I remove those three screws. Okay, take a door panel clip tool. Okay, move it in between here, and you can slide it until you hear the clip. Pull it out. Okay, slide it right onto that clip. Same thing up here Okay, you saw my screw come out. I pretty much have all those out. Slide the panel all the way off. I reach in behind, and there's a little clip that you kind of pull up on and then slide your cable back and then off. Okay and then unhook it. There's a couple of harnesses right here. Just press the tab, pull it out. Same thing here. You've got to squeeze two tabs. Okay, and then down here, there's your light. Kind of pull up on the tab and disconnect it. Okay, just to show you, here's your cable. When it's in there, it's kind of like this, so you have to reach in and pry this back, okay, and then pull it off.

Okay, to reinstall, bring your light right up and plug it right in. Okay, plug your connectors here in Okay, this is where your door handle goes. Pull out on your door handle a little bit, hook in the cable. Okay, and then pull the cable back. Put the cable into the groove and then slide it forward to lock on. And then make sure you put your lock button in. Okay, lift it up, push it against the window and down in. Okay, now hit it and get the clips reset. Put your two Phillips screws back in. Now, we'll speed up here as we put the Phillips screws back in and the T25 screw in the bottom and your trim panel here.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T25 Driver


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