Maintain that stylish-looking ride with a replacement door shell that is a perfect match to your original compartment. Dents, scratches, or bends-whatever imperfection that may have scarred your door can be easily treated with a good-fitting door shell. Find that tool now and install it in six easy steps.
Required skill level: Intermediate
- Trim panel removal tool or screwdriver
- Small piece of wood
- Safety gear
Gearing up for the installation
Always observe safety precautions while working on your automobile. Wearing safety glasses, latex gloves, closed-toe shoes, and other personal protective equipment is highly advised.
Keeping the salvageable lot
After properly prepping up for the task, identify the damaged door. Use the jack to support the door throughout the adjustment. The small piece of wood can be used to help prop it open in the absence of an assistant. Start off the installation by detaching the parts and the interior panel. For a quick and easy job, use a trim panel removal tool or a pocket screwdriver and start with the door handle and door levers first. Work on the armrest and window next. Unfasten other reusable hardware too, as a new door shell doesn't usually come with door parts like the lock mechanism, speakers, side mirror, and regulator.
Securing the wirings
Be sure to disconnect the electronic harnesses and other wirings that still connect the old door shell to the door and door panel. Remove the rubber grommets also, as these can be used in the new door shell as well.
Removing the damaged door
Detach the affected door by opening it wide and unfastening completely the bolts for the two hinges. We recommend that you leave the hinges attached to the door's frame, but loosen them a bit. This will ease the realignment of the new door shell later.
Installing the new door shell
Check if you have the right replacement for your old door shell. Take note of the size and alignment of the new one by mounting it on the still attached hinges. Loosen or tighten the bolts, according to the alignment of the new shell. Make sure the bolts are not over-adjusted, so the door can still open and shut completely without scratching further your car's body. Having equal gaps around it is also suggested.
Mounting the interior panel
Once the new door shell has already been aligned and installed, proceed with reassembling the interior components you removed earlier. Check each part (i.e., lock, speakers, etc.) first before mounting them back to the panel.