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 . . .