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Door panel is attached to door frame on the sides and bottom perimeter with push-in fasteners. There are screws that attach the arm rest/door pull to the frame , and also the panel trim around the door open/close handle.

Locate and remove all screws.

The perimeter of the panel is popped away from the door frame by inserting a flat blade screw driver between the panel and the frame.
There is a trim tool for this that works better than a screw driver. Pretty inexpensive from an auto parts store. Once the sides and bottom are free, the panel is lifted up to disengage it from the top portion of the frame where the panel is attached to the inside of the window trim.

Be careful not to pull or yank the panel too far out because of the wires that are attached to the inside of the panel.

Those plastic fasteners are replaceable, should any break when they are popped out (again, auto parts store carries these).
Hope this helps...

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Trying to replace the inside door handle of a 1997 gmc suburban

The door is installed by holding it at a 45 degree angle and lowering the top edge until it meets the window gap. It is snapped down then simply swings into place. Then it is pressed together until the plastic clips sap closed. After that the pieces like door handle, arm rest and speaker and grill cover are installed using screws. This is for both hard plastic and soft door panels. Just reverse this process.
Start by checking the arm rest. There should be several screws that attach it to the steel inner door panel. Depending on the door handle and if equipped, the speaker and cover.
Once your sure all that you have checked for all mounting screws then the next step it to pop the door panel off. The panels are attached using plastic clips that are attached to the panel. These clips will have a male type prong that snaps into a female receptacle on the steel inner door panel. Starting at the bottom place a wedge (like a scraper or wonderbar) between the gap of the panel and inner steel door and pry it apart. The best place to start is at the lower outside corner. Once you have a couple popped apart you can use your hand and pop the rest. Do this at the bottom and work your way across and up because the top lip where the panel and window gap meet are held differently. That section needs to be forced up.
Hope this helps

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You'll have to take the fuel tank off, so make sure you have something to support it, while loosening the tank straps. Lower it down far enough to disconnect the sender and pump wires, and the fuel line. Drag the tank out where you can work on it, and you can carefully use a hammer and screwdriver and chisel to tap on the lock ring until it rotates the 1/4 turn it needs to come off. Remove, and replace it with the new one. While you have it open, it's easier to empty it out into gas cans so it's easier to put back up. You may want to put a light coating of a silicone based lubricant on the o-ring when you put the new pump in. After that's done, just make sure that you hook everything back up the way you found it, and put gas back in it, and you're done.

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