DIY, remove the rear door panel on Honda Accord 1998-2002

Do it yourself, remove the rear door panel on your Honda Accord, the model made between the years 1998 and 2002. You will require a Phillips screwdriver and a flat blade screwdriver. The process is actually quite simple. Removing and reinstalling the panel will take you about half an hour.

     In the beginning, after you open the rear door of the car, you will have to remove the two Phillips screws that secure the door panel. Both of them are located behind little door-like covers, one behind the small door handle and the other one at the bottom of the big door handle (see picture below).

     After you remove the two screws, you will be able to pull out the big door handle and disconnect the harness beneath it (as you can see below). You will also be able to slide the small door handle to the interior of the car and pull it away from the door panel. You will notice a cable behind it, secured by a clip, that you must remove.

     At this point you can basically hold on to your door panel and pull it firmly towards you, from the bottom side. If you find it difficult you can use a screwdriver or a putty knife to work on its edges. After you detach it, lift it up and you should be able to remove it completely. Be careful, because you might still have harnesses behind, that must be disconnected, depending on your car’s equipment. Reinstalling is about reversing the steps above. Install the door panel onto the door frame and secure it with the screws and you should be ready to go. This is all you have to do, if you plan to remove the rear door panel on your Honda Accord, the model produced between the years 1998 and 2002.

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