Toyota Pick-ups, Land Cruiser, and 4 Runner 1997-00

Door Panels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Use a scratch awl to depress the center of the upper door retaining clip pin



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Fig. Use a small prytool, covered with tape to protect the interior panels from scratches, to remove any decorative cover plates



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Fig. View of the trim panel screw being removed from the front driver's doorTacoma



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Fig. If possible, always use your hands to remove trim pieces. This will protect the interior from scratches



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Fig. When removing interior panels, always look for hidden screws . . .



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Fig. . . . for they are not always visible at first glance



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Fig. On Tacoma models, the interior door release handle must be removed



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Fig. A Phillips screwdriver is all that is needed to loosen the interior door handle retaining screw . . .



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Fig. . . . then pry the handle away from the door with your fingers



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Fig. The actuator rod must be detached from the door handle before it can be removed from the vehicle



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Fig. Do NOT let the rod disappear into the door



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Fig. Long handle tools are a must. You will encounter numerous countersunk fasteners



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Fig. Although not used here, there are door panel clip removal tools, available at most local auto parts suppliers, which make removing the plastic clips much easier



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Fig. Once all retainers are removed, lift the door panel up and off the inner lip of the door frame . . .



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Fig. . . . then carefully remove the door panel from the vehicle

  1. Remove the inner mirror control knob (if manual remote) and remove the inner triangular 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.
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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 crank 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 crank axle by a spring clip shaped like the Greek letter "Omega" (-). The clip is located between the back of the crank handle and the door pad. It is correctly installed with the legs pointing along the length of the crank handle. There are three common ways of removing the clip:
    1. Use a door handle removal tool. This inexpensive slotted and toothed tool can be fitted between the crank 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 crank 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 crank 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 may vanish to an undisclosed location, never to be seen again.
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  9. In general, power door lock and window switches mounted on the door pad (not the armrest) may remain in place until the pad is removed. Some cannot be removed until the door pad is off the door.
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  11. If the truck 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.
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  13. Using a broad, flat-bladed tool, (not a screwdriver) begin to gently pry the door pad away from the door. You are releasing plastic inserts from plastic seats. There will be 612 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 that 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.

To install:

  1. When reinstalling, connect any wiring harnesses and align the upper edge of the panel along the top of the door first. Make sure the left-right alignment is correct; tap the top of the panel into place with the heel of your hand.
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  3. Make sure the plastic clips align with their holes; pop each retainer into place with gentle pressure.
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  5. Install the armrest and door handle bezel, remembering to install any caps or covers over the screws.
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  7. Install the window crank handle on vehicles with manual windows. Place the spring clip into the slot on the handle, remembering that the legs should point along the long dimension of the handle. Align the handle with the tape mark made earlier and put the crank over the end of the axle. Use the heel of your hand to give the center of the crank a short, sharp blow. This will cause the crank to move inward and the spring will engage its locking groove. The secret to this trick is to push the crank straight on; if it's crooked, it won't engage and you may end up looking for the spring clip.
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  9. Install any remaining parts or trim pieces that may have been removed earlier. (Map pockets, speaker grilles, etc.)
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  11. Install the triangle cover and the remote mirror handle if they were removed.
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