How to Remove a Windstar Sliding Door Panel


The Ford Windstar sliding door panel is much easier to remove than the front door panels. While the front door panels have electronic components, multiple screws and panels to remove, the sliding door panel is held on only by clips. You must remove the interior door handle before removing the door panel.

Things You'll Need

  • Small towel or shop rag
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Sit down in the back seat and close the sliding door. Position a small towel between the door handle and the door panel.

  • Move the towel in a back-and-forth fashion to pop off the C-clip that holds the handle in place. Pick up the clip when it comes off; you'll need to reinstall the handle.

  • Pull the handle away from its mount. You may have to wiggle it back and forth to get it off.

  • Remove the door handle surround panel. It is attached by plastic clips; pry it off with a small flat-head screwdriver.

  • Get out of the van, and open the sliding door from the outside. You must open the door so you can fully grasp the panel.

  • Grab the panel at each bottom corner; pull it away from the door to disengage the clips. Push the door panel up, then pull it away from the door.

Tips & Warnings

  • When reinstalling the door panel, put the clip on the door handle mount before attaching the handle.

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