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Old 11-06-2009, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2006 Taurus and I am trying to remove the interior door panel.
I see the 4 screws that are on the perimeter of the lower, bigger panel. The two that are where the handle is. And the one that is on the thin panel at the top of the door.
However, after removing all 7 of those screws, the panel did not come off.
I didn't want to muscle it off in fear that there was something I wasn't aware of.

I'm doing this because my door slammed extremely hard a few weeks ago, and now I hear a chirping/squeaking sound from the passenger side door when I drive at high speeds and there is road vibration.

Any pointers or suggestions?
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There are "Christmas Tree" clips behind the door panel that hold it to the metal door structure. You can either take a flatbladed screwdriver to pry the panel off, or you can go out to an auto parts store and buy a door panel remover, which looks like a screwdriver with a "fork" on the end. That's much easier to use to pry off the door panel, and there's less chance that you'll mess anything up if you use the removal tool.


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Old 11-06-2009, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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'06 Taurus:

Front Door Trim Panel Printable View (116 K
NOTE: RH shown, LH similar.


Item Part Number Description
1 N56903-S424 Front door trim panel cup screws (2 required)
2 W705133-S300 Front door trim panel screws (5 required)
3 — Front door trim panel

Removal and Installation

Disconnect the battery ground cable. For additional information, refer to Section 414-01 .
Remove the 2 door trim panel cup screws.
Remove the 5 door trim panel screws.
NOTE: To release the door trim panel, pull outward on the bottom of the door trim panel.

Remove the front door trim panel and disconnect the electrical connectors.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So based on that picture, seems like you have removed all 7 screws. What I would do is pull the bottom corner (or which ever corner that seem the loosest) up and see where all the christmas tree connectors are. Then get a long screw driver or better a forked screw (like mentioned before) and get as close to the closest christmas tree connector as possible. Then use a jolt impact motion to pop it free. Keep going around until it all comes loose.

You could just grab the corner and start pulling with impact motion. But chances are you will break one or two of the tabs holding christmas tree connector (ask me how I know), which could cause a little squeak later.
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