Car Mechanics (UK)
Door panel removal
► Across the many makes and models we see in the workshop, there are countless different fixing methods used to secure the door trim. Most have an abundance of securing screws, many of which are hidden, along with plastic clips that often break upon removal.
We need to replace the driver’s door lock mechanism on this 2004 Audi TT Coupe Quattro. Luckily, it has one of the easiest door panels to remove. The secret is to detach the little plastic trim cover that hides the single securing bolt. The trim simply twists out of place after you’ve released the plastic catch. Once it’s removed, the securing bolt can be undone and, after releasing the top trim rubber, the whole panel lifts up and off. We were also pleased to see that there was plenty of access to the door lock mechanism once the panel was off, and that replacing the panel was just as effortless.