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Remove the door panel from a Ford F150.

Removing Door Panels On A
2008 Ford F150

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

(Covers Model Years 2006 to 2008)

In This Article:

Various bolts are removed and electrical connectors are disconnected. The door panel is lifted up and the door release cable is disconnected.

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Skill Level: 3 (Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 45 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

Taking the door panel off this 2008 F150 was a complicated job.

The plastic door panel has nine fasteners, two clips and a latch cable that I had to remove.

I call it overkill.

(The red arrows point to all the fasteners.)

Ford F150 door panel fastener locations. 

 

 Removing small cover panel behind door latch, Ford truck.

I used a small flat screwdriver to pry off the cover above the latch.

 

Behind the latch cover I found two bolts that I removed with an 8mm socket. Screws behind door release handle, Ford F150. 

 

 Separating switch panel on armrest, Ford truck. I used a small flat screwdriver to slightly separate the window switch panel from the door panel.

That is when I noticed the notch (red arrow) that the was molded into the panel for a screwdriver to pry off the panel the rest of the way.

 

With my thumb pressing on the connector tab, I separated it from the switch. Disconnecting wiring on switches in armrest, Ford truck 2008. 

 

 Back view of door-mounted switches, Ford. View of switch panel back side.

There were 4 electrical connectors on this switch panel.

 

In the corner by the armrest I found a bolt and removed it with an 8mm socket.

This was only four inches away from the two bolts near the latch... that's a lot of fasteners pretty close together.

Door panel screw inside armrest, Ford F150 2008. 

 

 Removing stereo speaker cover grille on 2008 Ford F150 pickup. To remove the speaker grille in front of the switch panel I used a small flat screwdriver to pry off the cover.

I found another notch (red arrow)  for a place to start prying on the grille.

 

I used a flat screwdriver to push inward on the grille tabs to release them without causing damage. Prying speaker cover off door panel, Ford truck. 

 

 Speaker grille removed from door panel, 2008 Ford truck. View of back side of grille panel.

The red arrow shows one of the tabs.

 

View of area covered by the grille.

The red arrow shows the slots the tabs go into.

Door panel with speaker cover grill removed, 08 Ford F150. 

 

 Removing stereo speaker from door panel, 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck. I removed four screws holding the speaker.

These required a 5.5mm or 7/32 socket.

 

With my thumb I pressed down on the wire connector tab and pulled it loose from the speaker. Disconnecting speaker wiring, 08 Ford truck. 

 

 Removing retainer ring from speaker area, Ford truck 2006, 2007, 2008. I pulled out the retainer (red arrow) at the bottom of the speaker housing.

This is something I never seen before... the two plastic screw clips at the bottom need to be removed.

The top screw clips can stay.

 

Using a pry tool I removed the two plastic screw clips. They just popped out. Removing plastic screw clips below speaker, 2008 Ford F150 truck. 

 

 Screws at bottom of door panel, Ford truck. Then at the very bottom of the door, I removed the last two screws holding the plastic door panel to the metal door shell.

 

I pushed the plastic door panel upward to unhook it from the metal door shell. Lifting door panel upwards to disconnect from door. 

 

 Disconnecting door release cable from handle, Ford truck. With a small flat screwdriver, I pried off the plastic end of the cable sheath where it connected to the door latch retainer.

 

Then I removed the metal cable end (red arrow) from its slot.

At this point the door panel was completely separated from the truck.

Disconnecting door release cable center wire from handle, Ford truck. 

 

 Back view of plastic door panel, 2008 Ford F150. View of back side of plastic door panel.

You can see the hooks that are molded into the plastic.

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover. Truck door with trim panel removed, Ford. 

 

Removing The Side View Mirror:

 Removing side-view mirror on 2008 Ford F150 truck. If I wanted to remove the side view mirror, first I would disconnect the wiring to the mirror (red circle). This can be disconnected by releasing the connector tab with a small flat screwdriver.

Then using a 10mm socket I would remove the nuts (red arrows) holding the mirror to the metal door shell.

Important! Have a helper hold the mirror or it may fall and cause damage.

 

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

I found six fasteners holding the rear door panel to the metal door shell.  Rear door panel showing locations of fasteners, 2008 Ford F150.

 

 Removing tall plastic cover panel on back door, Ford truck. I pried at the top of the vertical plastic cover at end of the window.

This cover hooks in at the bottom.

 

View of back side of vertical cover. Vertical cover from back door, Ford pickup 2008. 

 

 Door panel screw hidden by vertical plastic cover, Ford truck. I used a 5.5mm (or 7/32) socket to remove the screw behind the cover.

 

With a small screwdriver I removed the cover above the latch. Removing small cover near door handle. 

 

 Removing screws behind door release handle, Ford pickup 08. I used an 8mm socket to remove the two bolts from the latch area.

 

Then with a flat screwdriver I pried up slightly the window switch cover and found the molded notch and pried the switch panel off. Removing plastic arm rest cover, Ford. 

 

Electrical connector in rear door panel, Ford truck. Then I removed the electrical connector to the power window switch.

 

With an 8mm socket I removed this bolt in the arm rest. Door panel screw inside arm rest, 2008 Ford F150.

 

Bottom screw locations, Ford F150 rear door. I removed two screws at the bottom of the door, using a 5.5mm socket.

 

I lifted the door panel upwards to unhook it from the metal door shell. Lifting door panel off hooks.

 

 Disconnecting door release cable from handle, Ford F150 rear door. With a small flat screwdriver, I pried off the plastic end of the cable sheath where it connected to the door latch retainer.

 

Then I removed the metal cable end (red arrow) from its slot.

At this point the door panel was completely separated from the truck.

Disconnecting door release cable from handle, Ford F150. 

 

Back view of rear door panel, 2008 Ford F150. Back view of the rear door panel.

 

The rear door with the door panel removed. At this point the plastic dust cover can be removed to reach inside and repair the power window mechanism, door lock or speaker. Inner view of rear door with panel removed, 2008 Ford F150.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Sockets: 5.5mm (or 7/32"), 8mm
  • Tack Puller (Or Small Pry Bar)

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written May 14, 2009