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Help: Might need to disassemble rear door panel

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by Trevor B, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Trevor B

    Trevor B Member

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    I should've stuck to my day job :(

    In the process of installing a replacement puddle lamp, I managed to push the entire lamp into the opening and now I can't get it out. I had it at an angle and wasn't thinking clearly (duh) when I pushed it in.

    Short of taking it to the SC so they can disassemble the door panel ... is there anything I can do?

    The other 3 lamps installed just fine, fwiw :)
     
  2. SD_Engnr

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    Bummer! Those interior door panels usually pop out with a little bit of force. There's one torx screw near the door pocket. After that, assuming there aren't other hidden fasteners, you need to carefully pull the panel off the door. Good luck!
     
  3. Trevor B

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    Saw the torx screw, but now I'm too spooked to try anything :eek:
     
  4. SD_Engnr

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    It's just a door panel. Get an interior trim panel removal tool, and carefully pry the panel away. It might be scary, and I wouldn't want to do it, but you'll be fine.
     

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