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Having trouble removing panel from around the door handle

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The door handle and trim piece have to come off before the door panel will come off

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SOURCE: How to remove the front door trim panel

There are two clips in in the handle lever. One clip is above and one below. Slide a flatheaded screwdriver between the handle and the casing to pop the casing loose. You have to do this on the top and bottom. Once the casing is loose you can take that off and the door should come undone.

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

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I have the same problem on a Toyota Tercel 1997. I am trying to remove the door panel with the door closed (I can not open the door because the door knob is stuck in the lock position). I think I will have to cut through the panel. Have you found something ? My e-mail is

Posted on Aug 23, 2008

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SOURCE: To remove the interior door panel of a 1996 Toyota camry so that

My 96 Camry LE has 9 attachments that are visible. Some have plastic caps covering the screws; others do not. There are screws at the door handle, at the forward portion(with covers) when the door is open and the back edge (small covers). As I recall, there are several friction type fasteners around the perimiter of the panel that can be removed by prying carefully away from the metal portion of the door to free up the trim panel. Once these are loose, the trim around the inside door release handle (the one you pull to open the door) can be pryed in a backward motion. Then the entire panel can be removed by pulling upward and backward at the same time (it easier to do this with the window down). Then it is a matter of disconnecting the wires attached to the various controls for the electric windows and door locks to free up the panel itself. There is probably a plastic skin covering the metal portion of the door. Carefully pull that away to expose the inner workings of the door latch mechanisim. The rest of the procedure should become easy to figure out. I have not removed the exterior door handle itself; but it is a simple mechanism as I recall. Best of luck to you.
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Disconnect your negative battery cable. Locate and remove the screws that hold your interior door handles in place (they may be hidden by snap in, or snap on clips). Remove the interior door handles, then disconnect the wire clips to the switches. Your panel is held in place by snap in clips; use a small pry bar to pull them from the door (try to get as close to, or directly under the clips to prevent them from tearing out of the door panel). Once the clips are pulled, pull the panel upward to remove it from the door.
Install in reverse.

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SOURCE: 2002 Toyota Rav4 remove door panel

There are some hidden screws around the door handle but you get under the panel and yank hard to pop the fasteners. Also remove the black piece behind the mirror. Alot of times it is seperate. 3 screws behind that and the connector and you are done.

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Remove interior door panel 2002 Chevy tracker

No you don't need any special tool . Find all screws on out side of door trim panel and the window handle , the mirror cover plate , then just pull on edge of the panel .
Gently pry the front side door trim panel (3) from the front side door by disengaging the plastic retainers which secure the panel.
Position the door trim panel (3) away from the door in order to gain access to the front side window switch electrical connector, if equipped.
Disconnect the window switch electrical connector, if equipped.
Remove the door trim panel (3) from the vehicle.
Remove the front side window switch from the door trim panel (3) by releasing the 4 plastic retaining tabs, as needed.

Use a cloth in order to pull off the snap ring which secures the front side door window regulator handle (1), if equipped.
Remove the window regulator handle (1), if equipped.
Remove the front side master window switch, if equipped. Refer to Power Accessory Switch Panel Replacement .

Remove the front side door inside handle (1). Refer to Front Side Door Inside Handle Replacement .
Remove the outside rearview mirror opening cover (2).
Remove the screw which secures the front side door pull handle (4).

Front Side Door Inside Handle Replacement
Removal Procedure
Remove the screw which secures the front side door inside handle (1).
Slide the inside handle (1) forward in order to release the retaining tabs which secure the handle to the door.
Open the front side door inside handle rod retainer and remove the front side door inside handle rod from the inside handle (1).
Remove the inside handle (1) from the vehicle.

Check out youtube video showing how to do it !
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Jun 10, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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I need help on removing door panel on 2000 Dodge Caravan - window fell in dorr and I can not seem to get the panel off. Any suggestions?

Using a trim stick (available from parts stores), pry courtesy lamp from door trim.
Disconnect wire connector from courtesy lamp.
If equipped, remove screws attaching door assist handle to inner door panel.
If equipped, remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel.
If equipped, remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket.
If equipped, remove window crank.
Using a trim stick, remove screw cover from switch panel.
Remove screws attaching switch panel to door trim.
Remove power accessary switch from door trim Front Door Switch Panel
Disconnect power switch from wire connector.
If equipped, using a small, flat bladed pry tool, remove memory seat/mirror switch and disconnect wire connector Memory Seat/Mirror Switch
If equipped, remove screw holding door trim to door panel from behind inside latch release handle.
Disengage clips attaching door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel Front Door Trim Panel
Lift trim panel upward to disengage flange from inner belt molding at top of door.
Tilt top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage.
Disengage clip attaching linkage rod to inside latch release handle Inside Door Handle Linkage
Separate linkage rod from latch handle.
Remove front door trim panel from vehicle.
Hold top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage.
Place linkage rod in position on latch handle.
Engage clip to hold linkage rod to inside latch release handle.
Place front door trim panel in position on door.
Install trim panel into inner belt molding at top of door.
Install clips to attach door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel.
If equipped, install screw to attach door trim to door panel behind inside latch release handle.
If equipped, connect power switch into wire connector.
Place power accessary switch in position on door trim.
Connect wire connector into memory seat/mirror switch and install switch into trim panel.
Install screws to attach accessary switch panel to door trim.
Install screw cover into switch panel.
If equipped, install window crank.
If equipped, install screws to attach trim panel to door inside map pocket.
If equipped, install screw to attach door pull cup to inner door panel.
If equipped, install screws to attach door assist handle to inner door panel.
Connect wire connector into courtesy lamp.
Install lamp in door trim.

Feb 02, 2012 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

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Hi my door handles on my car is no good i have been looking around and can not find them some one told me i would need to buy the whole door panel because the door handle and the panel is all in one

No you don't have to buy the whole door panel, I just purchased the drivers inside door handle for my 2000 300M off of ebay, which is a really good place to start looking for one.
When you remove your door panel and look behind it where the door handle comes through you will see the four plastic studs (for lack of a better term) and four washer like clips holding them in place, you can carefully lift these clips with a flat blade screwdriver working them upward to remove the bezel with the door handle attached from the door panel, these can be reused if this step is done properly.
The tricky part (not all that tricky) is actually removing the handle form the bezel, here you will need a razor knife or a regular knife with a good point on it and a pair of needle nose pliers, hold the bezel so the door handle is facing away from you, roll it forward so you are looking at the bottom of it, this is where you will need to open the hole for the pin holding the handle to come out. It should be fairly easy to see where you need to add the hole. Once that is done use the needle nose pliers to remove the pin by sliding it out of the hole, remove the old handle and replace with the new handle, slide the pin back through the hole and you're almost done. Once the pin has been reinserted you will need to close the hole, to do this, heat the tip of the screwdriver until it is hot enough to melt the plastic, then use it to melt and push some plastic back over the hole you created. You should have no trouble doing this.
Now you can put the bezel back on the door panel and then the door panel back on the door. Don't forget to hook the rod to the new door handle before attaching the door panel back onto the door.
Then you're done!
Removing the door panel: You will have 3 screws to remove at the bottom of the door panel, 3 or 4 behind the speaker cover, on in the door handle (the part you hold to close the door) and one behind the door handle itself. Remove your door handle carefully, if it does not come off relatively easy look to see if you may have missed any screws. I do not guarantee I have told you all the places the screws are, it will be up to you to be sure you remove all of them before taking the door panel off.
I hope this helps, good luck!! James

Apr 17, 2011 | 1999 Chrysler 300M

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Oct 07, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Cobalt

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How to fix door handle on chevrolet cobalt 2008

Have to remove inner door panel and is usually 2 bolts around 10mm that hold handle in, but the rods must be removed first and these rods are only held in place by a spring steel clip that just flips out off the rod at the handle end.
To remove door panel - look for visible screws under and around the edges and or handles, remove all these. If window is winding type a horse-shoe clip holds the handle on and can be pushed off with a screw-driver if you push the panel away from handle and look behind the handle.
Then take a putty knife and or butter knives and insert between door and panel to pop plastic clips from door then lift on panel to remove from window jam.  Be careful of wires and plugs after this.  Remove plug clips and place panel aside.  Remove plastic and sound-proofing if any in the corner near the handle and a 10mm 1/4" drive ratchet to remove bolts on each side of handle.
This is a general answer but should work for the Cobalt as well.
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Jun 09, 2010 | 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

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How do I remove the door panel on a 1995 Mercedes

pull off rear mirror panel, pull off electric seat adjuster knobs, pull off plastic around door handles. Unbolt top of handle. Pull out light at bottom of door. Unscrew plastic stiker plate and remove. Unscrew lock knob to remove. Then your ready to wiggle and pull the panel up and off, be careful of the area around the door handle, you may even want to pry that area out before you begin.

Apr 07, 2010 | 1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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The driver side mirror is coming off. I want to take it off until i can replace it but am having trouble getting the inside door panels off. How do go about removing the door panels?

Remove the screws around the arm rest door handle area.Then pull out from the bottom.They are held on with little plastic push retainers.If you have a window handle there is a very small metal retainer clip that looks like a horse shoe you will have to pull off.Once you have everything pulled out then push up from the bottom and the top will pop off.Well hope this helped.

Jan 23, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Blazer

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How do you remove the drivers side door handle on a 2000 GMC pick

Hi those are somtimes a pain ,I,m not sure which part your at on your job but once you release the linkage that is attached inside your door panel then you should be able to remove the nuts or screws that hold the door handle in from the inside then when you get the handle out from the truck then remove the lock ,also put some masking tape around the paint on the outside of the door ,because when remove the handle from the door and putting it back in you may have to angle the handle a bit for it to fit back into place ,sometimes a long pick with a 45degree tip on it helps alot when removing the inside linkage ,hope this helps ,let me know if I can help further!

Aug 08, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Driver door panel removal and re-connect door pull

You most likley have a damaged inside door handle. To remove the door panel, you must first remove the handle bezel. The trim piece around the handle. It is held in place by 4 retainer tabs, take a small flat screw driver, insert it between the bezel and handle. Gently pry away from the handle. If you look in the crack around the handle you will see the tabs. When you get that off, remove the switch assembly by prying up on it gently, unplug the wiring. There are 2 screws in the door panel where you pull the door shut, remove those also. Start at the bottom front of the door panel, pull outward firmly, but not violent. The retainers will come out, you will most likley break some, this is common. The inside handle is about $45 from your dealer. If it is the handle it is held in with 1 rivit, drill it out with a 3/16 drill. Replace the handle, reassemble. Good Luck.

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