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Removing GM type window handles without the correct tool.

GM type window and door handles on the inner door panel are held in place with a u-clip that requires a special tool to remove. Often times this tool is not readily available. A piece of t-shirt or a similar texture rag will work fine. Simply pull the cloth in and up along the handle towards the pivot and the cloth will catch and hold the clip. The handle now pops off with ease.

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How do I remove the door panels from a 1991 Pontiac convertible

1991 Pontiac Sunbird

One piece trim panel is used on styles with standard trim. The custom trim has an upper metal trim panel. The one piece trim hangs over the door inner panel across the top and is secured by clips down the sides and across the bottom. It is retained by screws located in the areas of the top front of the panel assembly.

Remove all door inside handles.

Removing a window crank handle (with a retaining clip inside the handle) without a special tool can be a problem. An alternative method is to take a clean shop towel and wedge it between the window crank handle and the door panel. Move it up, while pulling it from left to right, as in a sawing motion working the clean shop towel until the retaining clip comes free.

Remove the door inside locking rod knob.
Unfasten the screws inserted through the door armrest and pull the handle assembly into the door inner panel or armrest hanger support bracket.
On styles with remote control mirrors assemblies, disengage the end of the mirror control cable from the bezel on the standard trim, or from the upper trim panel on the custom trim. On custom trim, remove the upper trim panel.
On styles with power window or door lock controls located in the door trim panel, disconnect the wire harnesses at the switch assemblies. On the four door sedan and the two door hatchback, remove the switch cover by pushing down at the switch area and pulling down at the bottom of the cover. The switch and base may be removed from the trim with the cover removed.
Remove the remote control handle bezel screws.
Unfasten the screws used to hold the armrest to the inner panel.
Remove the screws and plastic retainers from the perimeter of the door trim using tool BT-7323A or equivalent and a screwdriver. To remove the trim panel, push the trim panel upward and outboard to disengage from the door inner panel at the beltline.
On styles with an insulator pad fastened to the door inner panel, use tool J-21104 or equivalent to remove the fasteners and the insulator pad.
On styles with the water defector held in place by fasteners, use tool BT-7323A or equivalent to remove the fasteners and the water deflector.
On styles with the armrest bracket riveted to the inner panel and installed over the water deflector, drill out the armrest bracket rivets using a 3 / 16 in. (5mm) drill bit.

Tilt the front edge of the glass downward to locate the glass in the door.
Apply pressure rearward and snap the glass rear guide into the rear run channel.
Lower the glass to about 3 in. (76mm) above the beltline and install the widow regulator roller to sash channel.
Run the glass to the full up position.
Place the front glass retainer in position and install the bolts.
Check the window to make sure it operates correctly, then install the remaining trim parts.

Jul 24, 2015 | 1991 Pontiac Sunbird

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How to remove door handles only, not the whole

For inside door handles, a special tool is required. It slips behind the door handle or window crank and moves the clip down so the handle will come off. For the outside door handle, Take the inside handles off using the special tool (available at any auto parts store). Remove the inside door panel. Remove the retainer clips for the door/lock linkage.The outer handle is held on by bolts on the inside of the door. Good luck

Sep 26, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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how do i remove front door panel from 2003 acura mdx

Special Tools Required

  • KTC
    trim tool set SOJATP2014*

  • Trim pad remover, Snap-on A 177A or equivalent, commercially
    *Available through the American Honda Tool and Equipment Program; call

    NOTE: Use the appropriate tool from the KTC trim tool set to avoid damage
    when prying components.
    1. Remove the
      mirror mount cover.
      Take care not to scratch the door panel.
    1. Remove the inner handle (A). Take care not to scratch the door

      Pry out the cap (B), and remove the screw (C).

      Pull the inner handle forward and out half-way.

      Disconnect the inner handle rod (D) from the joint bushing (E), and power
      door lock switch connector (F). For some models: On driver's side, disconnect
      the driving position memory switch connector (G).

      NOTE: Check the bushing for damage, and replace if necessary.
  • Detach the clips (A) and hooks (B), then remove the speaker grille
    (C). Remove the screws (D).

    1. Detach the clips (A) and release the hooks (B), then remove the
      switch panel (C). Take care not to scratch the door panel. Disconnect the power
      window switch (door multiplex control unit) connectors (D). On driver's side,
      disconnect the power mirror switch connector (E).

    2. Pry out the cap (F), and remove the screw (G).

    1. Release the clips that hold the door panel (A) with a commercially
      available trim pad remover (B), then remove the door panel by pulling it upward.
      Disconnect the speaker connector (C).

      On driver's side, disconnect the front door subharness connector (D). On
      passenger's side, disconnect the courtesy light bulb socket (E), and detach the
      harness clip (F) from the panel.

      Remove the door panel with as little bending as possible to avoid creasing or
      breaking it.

    2. Install the door panel in the reverse order of removal, and note
      these items:
      • Check the clips for damage or stress-whitening, and replace them with new
      • Make sure the connectors are plugged in properly, and the inner handle rod
        and courtesy light bulb socket are connected properly.
      • Push the clips into place securely.
      • Do the power window control unit reset procedure.
      • Make sure the window and power door locks operate properly.
      • If equipped with driving position memory switch, check for proper operation.

    Sep 18, 2013 | 2003 Acura MDX

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    how do i take the window knob off when removing the door panel?

    Most window cranks require a special tool to remove, because they have a "C" type clip on the back side holding them on, the tool slips between the crank and door panel and pops the clip loose. You can get the tool at about any auto parts store and they dont cost much. Or Ebay for like 5 bucks140.jpgJust do a search on ebay for window crank tool.

    Nov 21, 2010 | 1988 Honda Accord 4 Door

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    Removing door panel

    Manual window crank handle is held on with spring type " C " clamp . A special door handle clip removal tool is required. Inexpensive and easy to use. To reinstall handle , PLACE CLIP BACK INTO HANDLE GROOVE AND PUSH BACK ON. Hope this helps

    Jun 14, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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