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How do I remove the door panel and replace the inside door handle

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Door Panel

  1. Remove the door handles and the locking knob from the inside of the doors.
If equipped with screw retained door pull handles, remove the screws through the handle into the door inner panel.
  1. If equipped with remote control mirrors, remove the remote mirror escutcheon, then disengage the end of the mirror control cable from the escutcheon.
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Door lock remote control handle

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Removing the clip from inside the door handle

3. If equipped with a switch cover plate in the door armrest, remove the cover plate screws, then disconnect the switches and the cigar lighter (if equipped) from the electrical harness.
4. If equipped with an integral armrest, remove the screws inserted through the pull cup into the armrest hanger support. If equipped with an armrest applied after the door trim installation, remove the armrest-tohow do I remove the door panel and replace the - 7c4bfcc.gifl screws.

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View of the armrest switch cover plate and remove mirror cable attachment

  1. If equipped with two-piece trim panels, disengage the retainer clips from the front and the rear of the upper trim panel, using tool No. BT-7323A, then lift the upper door trim and slide it slightly rearward to disengage it from the door inner panel at the beltline.
If equipped with electric switches in the door trim panel, disengage the electrical connectors from the switch assembly.
  1. Along the upper edge of the lower trim panel, remove the mounting screws. At the lower edge of the panel, insert tool No. BT-7323A between the inner panel and the trim panel, then disengage the retaining clips from around the outer perimeter. To remove the lower panel, push the panel down and outward to disengage it from the door.
If equipped with courtesy lights, disconnect the wiring harness.
  1. If equipped with an insulator pad glued to the door inner panel, remove the pad (with a putty knife) by separating it from the inner panel.
To install:
If replacing the inner pad to the door inner panel, use 3M General Trim Adhesive No. 8080, glue it to the panel.
  1. If removed, glue a new inner pad to the door inner panel.
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Exploded view of the window regulator handle

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Exploded view of the door trim panel

  1. Engage the retaining clips around the edge of the lower trim panel, then install mounting screws.
If equipped with electric switches in the door trim panel, engage the electrical connectors to the switch assembly.
  1. If equipped with two-piece trim panels, engage the retainer clips to the front and the rear of the upper trim panel.
  2. If equipped with an integral armrest, install the retaining screws.
  3. If equipped with a switch cover plate in the door armrest, engage the switches and cigar lighter (if equipped) harness connectors, then install the cover plate and secure using the plate screws.
  4. If equipped with remote control mirrors, engage the control cable, then install the remote mirror escutcheon.
If equipped, install the pull handhow do I remove the door panel and replace the - 3e5ae04.gifhrough the handle into the door inner panel.
  1. Install the door handles and the locking knob to the inside of the doors.
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Exploded view of the 2-piece door trim

  1. Remove the door handles and the locking knob from the inside of the doors.
If equipped with screw retained door pull handles, remove the screws through the handle into the door inner panel.
  1. If equipped with a switch cover plate in the door armrest, remove the cover plate screws, then disconnect the switch
from the electrical harness.
  1. If equipped with an integral armrest, remove the screws inserted through the pull cup into the armrest hanger support. If equipped with an armrest applied after the door trim installation, remove the armrest-to-inner panel screws.
  2. If equipped with two-piece trim panels, disengage the retainer clips from the front and the rear of the upper trim panel, using tool No. BT-7323A, then lift the upper door trim and slide it slightly rearward to disengage it from the door inner panel at the beltline.
If equipped with electric switches in the door trim panel, disengage the electrical connectors from the switch assembly.
  1. Along the upper edge of the lower trim panel, remove the mounting screws. At the lower edge of the panel, insert tool No. BT-7323A between the inner panel and the trim panel, then disengage the retaining clips from around the outer perimeter. To remove the lower panel, push the panel down and outward to disengage it from the door.
If equipped with courtesy lights, disconnect the wiring harness.
  1. If equipped with an insulator pad glued to the door inner panel, remove the pad (with a putty knife) by separating it from the inner panel.
To install:
If replacing the inner pad to the door inner panel, use 3M General Trim Adhesive No. 8080, glue it to the panel.
  1. If removed, glue a new inner pad to the door inner panel.
If equipped with courtesy lights, connect the wiring harness.
  1. Engage the retaining clips around the edge of the lower trim panel, then install mounting screws.
If equipped with electric switches in the door trim panel, engage the electrical connectors to the switch assembly.
  1. If equipped with two-piece trim panels, engage the retainer clips to the front and the rear of the upper trim panel.
  2. If equipped with an integral armrest, install the retaining screws.
  3. If equipped with a switch cover plate in the door armrest, engage the switch harness connector, then install the cover plate and secure using the plate screws.
If equipped, install the pull handle screws through the handle into the door inner panel.
  1. Install the door handles and the locking knob to the inside of the doors.

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SOURCE: remove inside door panel without breaking it

they have push in clips that hold the panel on the door you can pull it off with your hand or go to parts store and buy a door panel removal tool
PLS take time to rate this solution and by the way you will probably need to buy new push in clips to hold panel on

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Door Panel removal

remove all visable screws from panel and arm rest. Arm rest should come off. Use a flat thin tool or piece of metal and slip it between the panel and the metal door frame. Slip it in about 2 inches,. Slide it back or forth til you hit a stop. That should be a plastic pop in.twist metal tool to pull panel away from the door. It should pop away from door frame. Don't overdo it if it doesn't come out. try another spot. once you get one loose, you can tell how to get the others out. Once panel is loose push it upwards to get top lip out of window bottom. If it has power windows,disconnect plug. If it has manual windows, you will have to remove the window crank There is a snap ring behind window crank that has to be removed.push in on panel by window crank and you can see the ring.

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

davespcr
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SOURCE: Broken inside door handle-1996 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab

On almost all GM's there will be a screw in the recess that the handle sits in. After removing this screw, gently wiggle this cup out of it's hole and there should be a metal rod attached to the back of it with a small clip. Unclip this and it's out - installation is the reverse. Just don't lose the clip or let the linkage rod fall down inside or you will have to remove the door panel. It shouldn't take five minutes to replace and most parts stores now carry GM door handle assemblies. Good Luck!

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

DJ_Doc
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SOURCE: hyundai accent '02 inside door handle & Lock removal

Removing the door is very tricky, trust me on this. I ended up breaking it the first time, so please learn from my mistake.

1. Remove all visible screws: 2 at bottom of door, 3 on front near hinge, 1 on inside the door lever. You will need an average size phillips screwdriver to do this.

2. On the door handle itself, you will see two circles. Pop the front one out. You will need a LARGE size phillips screwdriver to do this.

3. Once screws are removed, take a (standard) flat-head screwdriver, preferable one with a large face, and pry the triangular piece of plastic (that covers the outside SIDE mirror) off. This will aide in puting the door panel back on...TRUST ME!!!

4. Take the same flat-head screwdriver, and pry behind the door lock (at the same time, push forward toward the door hinge). The assembly should pop out.

5. Gently pry the door panel from the door, making sure not to break any unnecessary pieces along the way. The door panel should be hanging by the window sill opening.

6. This is where it will get tricky. It is advised that you use help with this part: Angle the door panel at a 45 degree angle. AT THE SAME TIME, slightly bend and twist the door lock handle until it fits through the hole. You will see the 3 pegs the held it in the door from before. Also note: Be careful not to break the 2 poles that are attached to the lock.

7. After popping the lock through the hole, you should be able to lift the door upward, and off the sill. Repeat these steps in reverse order to re-attach door panel.

Be careful not to rip sound-deadening paper found on inside of door unless you intend to remove or replace it! Not only does it prevent dirt and moisture from entering your door (and possible rusting it from the inside out), but it makes your speakers sound better too!

-SportTunerFreak

**It is also recommended to put a tiny bead of silicone on the inside of the door panel to help suppress any rattling, and prevent moisture and dust from entering. It also helps your screws obtain a tighter fit. Hope this helps!

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

frcs68
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SOURCE: How do I remove driverside inside door panel ?

door panel is holding by dozen plastic push pins.
strat from the button. use a screw driver or putty knife. pull the panel towards you. be careful not to damage the push pins. go around the panel toward the door hinger then the otheer direction toward the lock.once you have panel seperated from the door. push up the panel to clear the glass. (it is easier if the window is all the way down). pull back the plastic (don't destory it). you need to put that back later. now can get access to the galss and what ever else you are looking for.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

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