Subaru Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Door Panels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except SVX

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a suitable prying tool and remove the remote handle cover-1991 Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: After prying the remote handle cover loose, remove it from the door panel-1991 Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the gusset lower retaining screw access cover-1991 Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the gusset lower retaining screw-1991 Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the door pull handle retaining screw access plug-1991 Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the door pull handle retaining screw-1991 Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 7: Removing the door panel using a trim clip puller tool



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Fig. Fig. 8: Removing the door panel weather seal-1991 Legacy shown; other models similar

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. On vehicles without power windows, remove the window handle by removing the retaining clip. Slide a flat bladed tool between the handle and the door panel and press inward on the retainer spring clip.
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  5. Use a suitable prying tool and remove the remote handle cover.
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  7. Remove screws which hold gusset cover, and detach cover.
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  9. Remove screws which hold pull handle and other screws located further inside. On models with power windows, the window switches come off with the door panels.
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  11. Remove the clip attached to trim panel using a trim clip puller tool. Then remove the trim panel. The plastic sealing cover can be removed from the door at this time, if needed.
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When removing the trim panel, use care not to damage the panel or to tear it with the tools.

  1. Install the trim panel in the reverse order of removal. Be sure that the panel is fully seated at all clips.
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SVX

See Figures 8, 9, 10 and 11

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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the inner remote cap-SVX



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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the door trim panel retaining screws-SVX



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Fig. Fig. 11: Using a suitable tool disengage the clips and remove the trim panel from the door-SVX

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inner remote cap.
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  5. Remove the screws that retain the trim panel to the door. You will have to lift the door pocket mat to get at 2 of the screws.
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  7. Carefully pry around the perimeter of the door and loosen the panel clips from the door.
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  9. As the door panel is coming off, disconnect the electrical leads from the panel.
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When removing the trim panel, use care not to damage the panel or to tear it with the tools.

  1. Remove the panel from the door.
  2.  
  3. Install the panel in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
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  5. Be sure to check the operation of all controls after installing the panel.
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