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2000 Taurus Rear Door Panel



  • podpod Posts: 176
    Same problem, 2000 Mercury Sable. The former leatherette hangs down like elephant ears. Some loosening of the drivers side covering as well. At 135K miles I don't expect a company fix is likely. Haven't really explored any diy solutions yet.
  • The problem (and we hope Ford is aware of this and taken corrective action) is that the foam sponge backing to the vinyl 'decomposes' which allows the vinyl to slip out from behind the mounting strips. My local car upholstery repair shop (in northern Virginia) replaced the vinyl (without a sponge backing) on my 2000 Taurus for $75 each rear door.
  • mr_almr_al Posts: 9
    I am with you all here. My 2000 Sable started to do the same thing about 3 years ago, only one side. Last fall, the other side went down. Looks like crap, tried to glue, and no luck. :mad:

    Not sure if taking the panel off will allow me access to that one "pleather" area that needs to be repaired".

    Ebay has some Charcoal gray, but I need the regualar Gray panels.

    Can't even find a junk yard here in my area, yet I know they exist.

    Alan, Chesapeake, VA
  • mr_almr_al Posts: 9
    I will check into this, for the amount of headaches i have gone through to do this, 75 for each door to make it better may not be a bad idea. I definatley know i can't put anything over the foam.

    Still, figured Ford/Mercury would have said something long ago.

    I will see if I can find an ulphoster in the area here in SE Virginia.

    Thanks for the info :)

  • I have had the same problem I used Gorilla Glue-no prep to the door at all-fixed it great $4.73
  • I have a 2001 Sable, 90,000 mles, increasingly getting harder to start when engine is cold. At first I had to crank 2 long times to get it started. Now it takes 3. Once the engin is hot, I fires just fine with 1 short crank. I do have a check engine light, code indicates the loss of a vacuum seal to the gas tank (P1451). However warning light came on 6 months, The problem starting has happened recently
  • So I just finished fixing all four of the vinyl panels attached to the door panels on my 2003 Taurus SEL. I had the same problem, the leather/vinyl material was pealing off on all four panels. An additional problem was that one of the panels had starting warping away from the door.

    This "tutorial" was great, but my fix was a little more simple. I didn't have the carpet between the panel and the leather/vinyl material. I just had the spray on foam.

    So all I did was yank each panel off (careful because the long panels like to snap in half!). Then I cleaned the edges of each panel and each piece of vinyl/leather, scrapping off the spray-on foam then scrubbing the edge with a little rubbing alcohol. I made sure they dried and then I bought a couple hundred clothespins (50 for a $1 at Walmart), and 3-4 bottles of Loctite super glue (15 second dry time; $4 at Walmart). I used clamps (don't need to buy if you don't have them) to clamp the material to the panel as I went along and laid super glue, then pinched the material together with the clothespins, as shown in savetheland's photos.

    I let it dry over night. I pushed the panels back onto and adhered them to the door using UGlu strips (from Walgreens, price ??) That might have been a bad idea, but so far the strips have worked great to hold the panels back on. And the adhesive was strong enough to "de-warp" the warped panel I had.

    For me, this was definitely worth it over spending $50-150 per door for a shop to do it for you.
  • I bought Liquid nails for home projects which drys clear - I put a very thin line of glue 1/4 inch from the outside of the trim - tucked the leather back into place and then put a very thin piece of cardboard in the crack overnight - Looks good
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