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I cant remove the door panel , drivers side

I need to remove the door panel on my dodge grand caravan ex 2001. I cant get it off and am afraid I may break something. I need to replace the motor and regulator.

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In the pull handle there is a screw under a cover....in area behind interior door handle is a screw behind a cover...across the very bottom is 2 or 3 screws....then you have to pull hard on the panel to release the clips

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First thing's first, use a large flathead screwdriver with a washcloth or rag, so you don't damage the vinyl, or whatever material you have. Now, start on the door release handle, if it needs to come off, there should be a screw in the middle. If not, then use the flathead with cloth to pry, slowly, aroung the ridge of the handle casing. It should snap off. The door panel should react the same way. Start at the bottom of the door. The panel should start snapping out as you run the screwdriver between it and the door frame. Use caution, though, because the panel is easily damaged. Once you completely un-snap all of the "bolts", the panel should slide strait up. Pull out on the bottom as you slide the panel up. The only thing holding it down now would be the ridge at the top where the window slides into, or maybe the plastic that covers the side mirror from the inside. Hope this helps.
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they put those door panels on with liquid nails. But seriously, get the window down by beating on the door. Once I got the windown down pry the door panel lip out of the window lip. The door panel still did not want to come off. At this point heck with it and just rip it off. It will come off with no problems. You can start at the bottom and rip it off, it will come off, do not be afraid of ruining it. It will come off. It is just harder then heck to rip it off.
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to get the motor out
Use a GM carborate adjusting tool, it has a flex at the drive end (1/4in drive)and a 1/4in drive philups bit, if you cannot get this tool, use a 1/4 flex dtive bit driver w/philups bit.

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on the door you should see a few plug looking items you pop them out and there are bolts or screws behind there. i locations should be around the center of the door. a couple of them will be around the handle you use to pull the door close and a couple of them will be around the handle you use to open the door. now to remove the window switches. very lightly pry up on either end of the control unit to get it to pop out of its place then disconnect the wiring.
after you have them out then you go around the outside of the panel and slowly pry it away from the main door frame and when you have that done you should have three out of four side pulled away from the door. then you grab the door panel on the sides and with the window done lift the door panel upwards.

hope this works for you
let me know if you need anything else

thanks

tom

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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