Door Cards (Interior Trim Panels)
the door-cards is a simple job and takes about 5 minutes per door.
Allen key or a strong bit of metal bent at a right angle.
may need: (Depending on manual/electric windows)
long flathead screwdriver
removing the interior door trim, take your time doing it so you
donít damage anything and keep note of what screws go where! Start
with removing the small panel with the mirror control in it, you
need to prise out the little cap that covers the screw and this
is a nightmare job! Ford sell the replacements for about 20p each
so if you canít get it out without damaging it then use a screwdriver
to prise the thing out. Watchmaker screwdrivers are best for removing
it though however if you have electric mirrors they are flush with
the panel and also click into place making removal a lot harder.
Once removed if you have manual windows push the surround towards
the rear of the car to allow the stalk out of the rubber boot.
Next work your way around the screws on the outside of the door,
there are 5 in total, two on the lock side, two underneath and one
on the side nearest the engine. On the right of the door pocket
is another cap which you need to prise out and under here is another
remove the cap and then the screw inside the door release trim.
Use a flathead screwdriver to prise out and then unplug the electric
window switch and put the switch to one side.
the door handle has two screws inside it so you have to remove the
handle cover. If you look at it from under you will notice a little
cut out square which you can insert an Allen key or similar and
push it out from inside to avoid damaging the handle.
photo shows you how the handle inner piece comes off and you can
see where the Allen key has gone in to prise it out. *Rear door
cards have a single screw in the pull-handle recess*
Once this is off there are two long screws at either end which need
to be undone and then the handle will come away from the door.
you have manual windows then you need to pull the handle assembly
towards the middle of the car whilst pushing the door card back
against the door. Look down into the gap you create and you should
see a brass U clip that retains the handles. Turn the handle so
you can see the two ends of the U clip and then use a long flathead
screwdriver to prise it out of the surround. Once out the handle
will come off and you can put it to one side.
done the interior panel will lift up and off to leave you with the
foam insulation panel.
need to peel back the foam slowly to stop it ripping and it helps
to use a hairdryer to warm the glue and then a Stanley knife to
slice through it. Be careful when using a knife not to cut
any cables or score into the metal.