Re: How do I remove the door panel on a 2000 Cavalier?
There is a tool for that, you can get it fairly cheap at most auto parts stores. there is a clip that snaps into the crank. you can do it without the tool. push in on the door panel around the crank handle and look behind the base of the handle. you will see a slot. you should see something silver in that slot. that is the "U" shaped clip. Rotate the handle until you see the ends of that clip. push on the ends of the clip with two flat head screw drivers (or the special tool)and it wil pop off. then you can pull the handle off.
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Instructions: 1 Disconnect the trucks negative battery cable.
2 Unhook the clip for the door's manual window crank with a hooked tool behind the handle (or rub a rag behind the handle), or for a power window, pry off the window switch assembly from the door handle with a trim stick and disconnect its electrical connector.
3 Pry off all small panels and bezels on or near the door with the trim stick, including the triangular panel on the mirror mount and the bezel surrounding the door handle.
4 Unscrew and remove all of the mounting screws for the door's inner trim panel then pull the panel out to detach the clips. Disconnect all remaining electrical connectors on the door panel.
5 Peel off the plastic water deflector sheet from the door.
6 Press down on the speaker's upper mounting tab while grasping the speaker, then tilt the speaker out of the door frame and lift it off the tabs on the bottom. Disconnect the speaker's electrical connector.
Connect the replacement speaker to the electrical connector.
8 Secure the speaker to the lower tabs and pivot it into the mounting hole, clipping it in place with the door's mounting tab.
9 Press the plastic shield back into place on the door.
10 Reconnect the trim panel onto the door, connecting all needed electrical connectors and engaging all its clips, then apply its mounting screws. Reconnect all smaller panels and bezels to the panel.
11 Reinstall the window crank or control switch with its clip or electrical connector.
12 Reconnect the black battery cable onto the negative terminal.
The process of removing car door panels is essentially the same for each make of car. You may need to remove these panels when your fixing locks or power windows, replacing window cranks, installing speakers or replacing the side mirrors. Learning how to remove the panels yourself can save money on simple car repairs. Related Searches:
Difficulty: Moderately EasyInstructionsThings You'll Need
Set of screwdrivers
Ratchet and socket
Check out how the door panels are attached to the car. Most panels use screws and bolts but others have snap-in fittings. Gather all the tools you need for removing the door panels. If the panel is attached with screws and bolts, you need a screwdriver or ratchet and socket. Car door panels with snap-in fittings are easily removed with a flathead screwdriver.
Locate where the screws and bolts are before starting. These are usually found in the arm rest area, along the bottom or sometimes near the door lights.
Roll down the car door window. Begin removing all screws and bolts that hold the door panel onto the car. If your car has snap-in fittings, pry gently on the bottom corner of the door panel until the fittings pop out.
Remove the power window control panel if your car has power windows. The control panel should pry out easily, and then you unplug the wiring harness from the back and place it to the side.
Use an L pick and flashlight when locating a manual window crank. Look behind the window crank and slide the pick under the edge of the metal clip that holds the crank in place. Remove the clip and pull the crank off.
Remove the door handle by unscrewing the small screw located in the center. Gently pull the door handle out until you see the back of the handle and unclip the rod from the door handle. This should remove the handle unless the handle and door lock are attached, then you just unclip the rod from the lock and remove them both together.
Unscrew the cap off rear upper corner door panel locks. These don't have a rod attaching them to the handle and unscrew separately from the door handle.
Pop the door panel off after you've removed everything. Gently pry on the bottom edge of the door panel until it releases. Pull out and up to completely remove the door panel.
If equipped with an accessory switch panel, carefully pry the switch panel up and away from the door panel. Tag and disconnect the switches from the panel.
On 1981-86 models, remove armrest attaching screws.
On 1987-96 models, remove the retainer screws secure the pocket in the molded armrest on the door panel.
If equipped with crank type windows, remove window crank handle with the appropriate clip removal tool.
If equipped with manual remote mirrors, remove the control knob bezel.
Remove inside door handle cover attaching screw and trim plate.
If equipped with door mounted speakers, remove the speaker, and disconnect the speaker wires. For speaker removal and installation steps, refer to .
Remove all external screws securing the door panel. Insert an appropriate prytool between the door panel and door frame to remove the hidden clips securing the panel.
Holding door panel vertical lift straight up to release the upper clip.
Inspect all retaining clips and replace any broken or missing pieces.
Position the door to the door and carefully press on the retainer clips to engage. If a clip will not engage, inspect the mounting hole behind the panel to make sure the clip is properly aligned. Install any panel-to-door retainer screws.
If equipped with crank windows, attach the washer and crank to the window regulator stud.
On 1981-86 models, attach the armrest to the door using the retainer screws.
On 1987-96 models, insert the armrest pocket and secure in place with retainer screws.
If equipped with door panel mounted speakers, attach the speaker wires to the speaker and secure the assembly to the door panel.
If equipped with remote cable mirrors, attach the control knob to the door panel with the retainer bezel.
If equipped with an ashtray, insert the holder assembly, and secure in place with retainer screws. Install the ashtray to the holder assembly.
Position the door handle trim panel around the door handle assembly, and secure in place with the retainer screw.
If equipped with accessory switch panel, attach the harnesses to the switches, and press the accessory plate into the door panel.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Check and make sure all panel components function correctly.
FRONT DOOR TRIM PANEL - REMOVAL
Release door latch and open door.
Roll window down.
Remove window crank Window Crank - Typical , if equipped.
Remove screws attaching trim panel to door Door Trim Panel and Trim Panel Screw
CAUTION: Do not forcibly pull trim panel from door, damage to trim panel may occur.
Simultaneously lift upward and outward to release retainer steps from inner door panel Trim Panel Retainer
Disengage inside handle linkage rod from inside handle.
Disconnect speaker harness wire connector Speaker And Power Mirror Connector
Disengage power mirror wire connector, if equipped (driver's side only) Speaker And Power Mirror Connector
Disengage clips attaching power window/lock switch panel to door trim
panel. Disengage wire connector from switch panel, if equipped Power
Door Lock/Window Connector
Separate door trim panel from vehicle.
Position trim panel at door.
Engage wire connector for window/lock switch panel, if equipped. Engage
clips attaching power window/lock switch panel to door trim panel.
Engage power mirror wire connector, if equipped.
Connect speaker harness wire connector.
Engage inside handle linkage rod to inside handle.
Align trim panel retainer steps with inner door panel and slide trim panel into place.
Install screws attaching trim panel to door.
Install window crank, if equipped.
Hope helped with this; remember rated this help. Good luck.
The handle slides over the window crankshaft and uses splines to match the window crank shaft splines as to avoid slippage. It's held in place with a simple open ended spring clip that snaps onto the handle. To remove the spring clip you can use or purchase a window handle removal tool or use a small pick bent at 90 deg. The clip is located between the handle and the door panel. Using your fingers or a soft tool, spread the handle and door panel away from each other and look between the two to see the clip. With the pick, get under the clip and pull it outward and it will pop off over the window regulator shaft and handle.
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Can you open the door with the inside handle? If you can, the problem is probably a broken plastic fitting inside between the outside handle and the door latch. There are door panel removal tools available at your local parts store that look like short handled wide bladed pry bars. You could get by with a good stiff putty knife if needed. Take off the arm rest, window crank, and speaker grill if you have aftermarket speakers. Slide the door panel removal tool under the edge of the door panel and CAREFULLY pop the clips loose from the door frame. You could always leave the window open and do the "Dukes of Hazard" thing, but then you would have to change the paint scheme.
remove the front door pull cup screw
remove the screw cap and screw from inside handle and slide the handle rearward to disengage the hook from the inner sheet metal. disconnect inside handle from latch remote link if manual windows- remove crank with store bought remover tool. Remove the 2 pushpins from the door trim panel using trim tool pry away door panel  fasteners holding panel and push panel in and up . if elect windows disconnect switches