There are many occassions when you need to remove the door panels on your Toyota Estima. These could be to change the speaker for an uprated unit; repair or replace a faulty door lock; check intermitant door solenoid; repair electric window etc. This tutorial will be of use if you have to gain access to the radio speaker or indeed any other piece of equipment in the front door panel area. The description and pictures are based on a 1995 ‘N’ reg Estima.
There maybe variations on your bus. It is suggested that you fully wind down the window before commencing (see below – picture 6).
This shows the door panel. The arrows point to the items that will need to be removed in someway before you can remove it. The panel is in 2 parts, top and bottom and the division is pretty obvious. You need to take off the top panel first. In addition you will need to disconnect the wiring to the door lamp. Details in a later picture.
Unscrew the screw arrowed next to door handle. Carefully prise out the electric windows switch. Use a thin bladed implement i.e. I used a couple of those little screwdrivers for intricate work. Take care not to damage the surround.
You can see the spring clips on the back plate (top and bottom) that hold the main unit in. You need to disconnect the white plug at the back of this unit.
Put the unit somewhere safe.
Prise out the little grey plastic cover in the middle of the bottom part of the top panel. This will reveal a screw which needs to be removed.
This screw can be a bit difficult to put back in on reassemble. Just needs a bit of patience and some tweezers or something!! *** Carefully pull away the bottom of this panel. It is held in with plastic lugs, which is the normal sort of fixing for door panels. Work your way round the sides, pulling away the panel from the door. You then need to lift the panel upwards so that the top of the panel, where it meets the window glass, lifts out of the channel. You may find it better to have wound down the window fully before this is done. DO THIS CAREFULLY. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PULL AWAY THE PANEL FROM THE DOOR BECAUSE OF THE LINKAGE TO THE DOOR HANDLE AND LOCK. SEE NEXT PICTURE
This picture is taken as though you are looking directly down into the top of the panel. The yellow and green clips are snapped onto the linkages. Carefully prize these off the linkages in the direction of the arrows. It’s then a case of lifting out the linkage form these clips. Make a mental note of which link goes to which coloured clip for reassemble.
This picture just shows what the door looks like half nude! The arrows show where the linkages connect to the clips.
Now to start on the bottom panel! Carefully prise off the 2 plastic covers at the top of this panel. Remove the 2 screws.
Carefully prise out the door locking and mirror switches. Undo the white plugs from the back of these. You need to carefully start prising the bottom pane away from the door BUT the door light is still attached by the wiring connector. When you are able to get your hand in, you need to unplug the connector (see next picture)
Once again this is looking downwards into the void! The connector is arrowed. As you can see haven’t yet removed the very bottom row of the panel. Once you have disconnected the light, you can do this to reveal a fully naked door! Well, sort of.
There’s the speaker if you need to work on it, remove it or whatever – as it happened my speaker was O.K. when I tested it. I shall have to take this panel off again when I’ve got the time to route a bit of new cable to the speaker, as I’m sure the original is severed somewhere. Reassemble in reverse fashion!