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S197 Mustang Door Panel Removal (05-09)

Created by Jeff Jimenez
Date Created: 9/30/2014
Last Updated: 9/13/2021

Follow along with this S197 Mustang door panel removal guide to easily access your window motor and other inner door components for your 2005-09 Mustang.

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Removing the door on your 2005-09 Mustang is critical to access many components such as weatherstripping, door handles, door locks, and even stereo speakers. Removing the door panel is super simple and only requires a couple of common hand tools. Check out the needed tools below.

Required Tools:

  • 7mm socket with nut driver or ratchet
  • Small flat-blade screwdriver
  • T-30 Torx Bit Tool
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Mustang Door Panel Removal Steps

  1. Use the 7mm socket to remove the eight perimeter screws located around the edge of your Mustang door panel.
  2. Remove the mirror hole covers but pulling them away from the door and disconnect the mirror switch.
  3. Pry off the inner door handle cover with a small flat-blade screwdriver.
  4. Remove the T-30 Torx bit screw behind the cover.
  5. Remove the trim panel behind the door panel armrest pad.
  6. Remove the t-30 Torx bit screw located behind this panel.
  7. You can now remove the window switch armrest assembly by gently prying it away from the door panel.
  8. Disconnect the wiring harness from the window switch.
  9. Remove the 7mm nut located behind the window switch assembly.
  10. You can now lift up on the door panel and pull it away from the door. BE GENTLE – there are still connection you need to remove behind the door panel!
  11. Disconnect the door lock and speaker wiring harness from the switches on the door panel.
  12. Disconnect the door handle cable. You will have to use needle nose pliers to compress the clip while pulling and twisting the cable loose.

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Published on 2014-07-10
Watch as we show you how to remove the door panels on your 2005-09 Mustang. Taking off the door panels is necessary to install new inner door handles, door lock actuators, inner door belt weatherstrip, and speakers. Removing the door panels will take you less than 15 mins per side.

Application: 2005-2009 Mustang
Removing the door panels on your 2005 to 2009 Mustang is a necessity when you're replacing the inner door belt weather strippings. We're simply trying to gain access to the internal components, so follow along in this video and let me show you just how easy it is to remove that door panel.

Start by taking a 7-millimeter nut driver and removing the eight screws around the perimeter of the door panel. Remove the mirror hole cover by gently pulling it away from the door. Disconnect the electrical connector on the mirror switch. Take a small screwdriver and remove the inner trim cover behind the door panel, then remove the T-30 Torx Bit screw located behind the cover.

Now remove the trim panel behind the door armrest with a flat-bade screwdriver. You can then remove the T-30 Torx Bit screw behind the cover. You can now remove the door lock and window switch assembly by gently pulling it away from the door panel. You will need to disconnect the wiring harness from the switch assembly before you can put it aside.

With the assembly out of the way, you can now remove the 7-millimeter nut located behind it. With this nut removed, you can now remove the door panel by simply lifting up on it and gently pulling it away from the door. Disconnect the door lock and speaker wiring harnesses from the back of the door panel.

Lastly, remove the door handle cable with a pair of pliers. Compress the back of the cable while pulling on the cable to remove it. For more S 197 tech videos, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and head on over the LatemodelRestoration.com for all of your S197 Mustang performance and restoration needs.
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