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Remove door panel on a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

Removing Door Panels On A 1993 Dodge Dakota

Gaining Access To Repair Power Windows, Door Locks, Side Mirrors and More.

(Covers Model Years 1987 to 2004)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed, the window crank handle is removed, and then the door panel is pried away.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

The door panel on this 1993 Dodge Dakota Truck is not difficult to remove.

One problem: it has the old fashion wire snap clips holding the outside edges of the panel to the metal door frame.

Plastic door panel before removal 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Removing side view mirror cover, 1993 Dodge Dakota.

First I removed the side view mirror cover using a Phillips screwdriver.

 

Then I removed the isolation sponge. Removal of insulation sponge 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Removing side view mirror with paned on 1993 Dodge Dakota. It easier to remove the side view mirror after the plastic door panel has been removed.

If removing the side view mirror only, use a 10mm socket remove the two bottom nuts (red arrows).

 

Then the last 10mm nut at the top can be removed.

If possible, have someone hold the mirror, if it falls it can damage the outside of the door.

Removing last nut fastening mirror to door frame 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Remove screw from inside pull handle 1993 Dodge Dakota. I used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw from the bottom of the door pull handle.

 

Using a tack puller, I lifted the front of the door release trim cover slightly... Remove inside door latch cover 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Sliding cover back to unhook it, 1993 Dodge Dakota. ...then pulled it back slightly and unhooked it.

 

View of back of latch cover. The arrows point to the the hooks molded into the plastic part. View of back of latch cover, 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Remove screw from center of window crank handle 1993 Dodge Dakota. I used a 5/32 Allen wrench to remove the screw from the center of window crank handle.

(Note: this window crank handle is an aftermarket replacement. Normally the the window crank handle uses an 8mm hex-head screw in the center, which is under a small plastic cap. The cap can be removed with a pocket knife or a very thin flat screwdriver.)

 

View of window crank handle. The handle has splines on the inside that engage splines on the shaft. View of window crank handle 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Remove inside door lock button 1993 Dodge Dakota. I unscrewed the inside door lock button.

 

View of door lock button removed. Many older vehicles use a threaded rod for the door lock button. View of door lock button removed 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Prying on door panel to unsnap clips, 1993 Dodge Dakota. Using a rigid putty knife, I unsnapped the clips around the edges of the panel.

 

I pulled outward and lifted upward to remove the plastic door panel from the metal door frame. Removal of plastic door panel 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

Side view mirrorfasteners, 1993 Dodge Dakota. View of side view mirror with plastic panel removed. It's easier to remove the mirror when you have full access to the nuts.

 

View of back of plastic door panel.

The red arrow points to one of the snap clips. There are 8 of these snap clips.

View of back of plastic door panel 1993 Dodge Dakota.

 

View of metal door frame with door panel removed, 1993 Dodge Dakota. View of metal door frame with dust cover. The dust cover can be peeled back to reach inside the door and replace of repair any of the inner workings.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Sockets: 10mm, 8mm
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flat Screwdriver or Small Knife
  • Tack Puller
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written May 13, 2010