Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Door Panels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 16

This is a general procedure. Depending on vehicle and model, the order of steps may need to be changed slightly.

  1. Remove the inner mirror control knob (if manual remote) and remove the inner delta cover from the mirror mount.
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  3. Remove the screws holding the armrest and remove the armrest. The armrest screws may be concealed behind plastic caps which may be popped out with a non-marring tool. If the door has a pull handle or grab handle, remove it also.
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  5. Remove the surround or cover for the inside door handle. Again, seek the hidden screw; remove it and slide the cover off over the handle.
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  7. If not equipped with electric windows, remove the window winder handle. This can be tricky, but not difficult. Install a piece of tape on the door pad to show the position of the handle before removal. The handle is held onto the winder axle by a spring clip shaped like the Greek letter omega: ;gV. The clip is located between the back of the winder handle and the door pad. It is correctly installed with the legs pointing along the length of the winder handle. There are three common ways of removing the clip:
    1. Use a door handle removal tool. This inexpensive slotted and tooted tool can be fitted between the winder and the panel and used to push the spring clip free.
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    3. Use a rag or piece of cloth and work it back and forth between the winder and door panel. If constant upward tension is kept, the clip will be forced free. Keep watch on the clip as it pops out; it may get lost.
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    5. Straighten a common paper clip and bend a very small J-hook at the end of it. Work the hook down from the top of the winder and engage the loop of the spring clip. As you pull the clip free, keep your other hand over the area. If this is not done the clip will vanish to an undisclosed location, never to be seen again.
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  9. In general, power door lock and window switches may remain in place until the pad is removed. Some cannot be removed until the doorpad is off the door.
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  11. If the car has manual vertical door locks, remove the lock knob by unscrewing it. If this is impossible (because they're in square housings) wait until the pad is lifted free. Check the door liner for any remaining screws or attaching bolts. Some will have a screw or two at the front edge of the pad at the top and bottom; remove them.
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  13. Using a broad, flat-bladed tool-not a screwdriver-begin gently prying the door pad away from the door. You are releasing plastic inserts from plastic seats. There will be 6 to 12 of them around the door. With care, the plastic inserts can be reused several times.
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  15. When all the clips are loose, lift up on the panel to release the lip at the top of the door. This may require a bit of jiggling to loosen the panel; do so gently and don't damage the panel. The upper edge (at the window sill) is attached by a series of retaining clips.
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  17. Once the panel is free, keep it close to the door and check behind it. Disconnect any wiring for switches, lights or speakers which may be attached.
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Behind the panel is a plastic or paper sheet taped or glued to the door. This is a water shield and must be intact to prevent water entry into the car. It must be securely attached at its edges and not be ripped or damaged. Small holes or tears can be patched with waterproof tape applied to both sides of the liner.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Door panel trim removal and installation



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Fig. Fig. 2: Carefully pry the mirror cover



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Fig. Fig. 3: then pull the mirror cover from the door



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Fig. Fig. 4: Pop off the armrest plastic caps with a small prytool



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the armrest mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 6: then remove the armrest from the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 7: Like the armrest, pop off the screw cover on the door handle trim



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the trim securing screw



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Fig. Fig. 9: then lift the handle and slide the trim out from behind



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Fig. Fig. 10: One possibility for removing the window crank retaining spring is to use a rag to work the clip free