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Side panels to doors are sticking and pulling away from the doors. What can be used to reattach these?

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Head to an autoparts store and ask for a 3M double-sided body panel tape. This tape is specifically made for mounting of body panels. When installing be certain that all surfaces are clean and dry. When installing take care to do it right the first time, if need be ask for a buddy to assist. Once in place apply mild pressure and allow to adhere.

PLease let me know if this had asisted you,


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Remove the circular screw cover from the inside door pull storage compartment. Pry it up with the flat head screwdriver. Remove the Phillips screw behind the cover. Remove the screw cover from the rear-edge of the door panel. This cover is similar to the one on the front part of the door panel; pry out the center part, not the ring surrounding it. Remove the Phillips screw behind it.
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Position panel using plastic pins for placement. Push, pound with heel of hand, the panel until it snaps in place. It should go in nicely without a lot of force. Repace screws. (the screws inside the door pocket do not hold anything except the padded cover in place.) Check fit. Reset if required.

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Hello, to remove and replace the rear door try the following:

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery of your Chrysler LHS. You can accomplish this with an open end wrench, to prevent any injury or short in the electrical system as you are working on the door lock switch. Place the negative battery cable out of the way so it does not touch any metal parts.

2. Undo any screws that are holding the lower door panel to the door with a screwdriver. Unclip the plastic hold clips that are attached to the back of the panel by carefully pulling them away by hand.

3. Locate the electrical connector wires. These wires run behind the panel to the door arm rest and detach each wire connector by hand. Remember how the wires were attached so you can put them back the same way when it is time to reattach them.

4. Lower the door panel away from the door. Then, remove any screws holding the upper door panel in place. Remove the door handle pull cup that covers the door lock switch and door handle by carefully popping the cover off after you have removed the screws holding it in place.

5. Detach the upper door panel from the door. You can do this by pulling it away carefully from the plastic clips. Move the upper door panel out of the way and locate the door lock actuator switch. Remove the screws from the actuator switch that are holding it in place and disconnect the electrical wires attached to the back of the switch.

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7. Reattach the door handle pull cup to the upper door panel with screws. Then, put the lower door panel in place and reattach the electrical wires to the window switches underneath the armrest. Attach the lower door panel to the door frame with plastic clips and screws.

8. Attach the negative battery cable to the Chrysler LHS battery with the open end wrench.


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ok you should have some hidden screws on the door panel, most of the time you will find then in the door handle, and close to where you grab the door to pull it closed, remove the plugs that hide the screws.
now you will need a tool to pop the plastic push pins that hold the inside door panel in place. sometimes you can get away with using a long flat screw driver, dont be afraid to give them a pull they will come loose, dont pull the panel all the way off ! ! ! you still need to unhook the wires frome the switches in the panel also there is a rod hooked to the hadle that needs to come off, and if the door lock slide is in the panel that has one too. then lift the penal away and up from the door..
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1. To take off the door panel. You will find 3 screws. One in the armrest, one behind a plastic cover near the sideview mirror, and a torx screw underneath the door handle - just pry it up like you're opening the door and unscrew.
2. Use your long flathead screwdriver or other similar tool to carefully pry the plastic panel away from the door frame. Careful you don't break it. There are a bunch of plastic clips that attach it - you will break some of these so don't freak out. Worst case you can always order some replacements for cheap.
3. Now disconnect everything attached to the panel: power window cable, mirror cable, and door and lock controls. Once you get all the cables disconnected, look for the tiny plastic clasps over the cover of the metal rods for the door and lock mechanisms. Gently push up and turn the plastic rings slightly to the side and the rods should pull straight up.
4. Remove the speaker (4 screws and a connector plug).
5. Remove the vapor barrier. This is just a giant black plastic cover that sits between the door and the plastic panel. Ease it off and try to keep all the black adhesive attached so you can reuse it to reattach it later. For me this worked better if I pulled fairly hard.
6. Pull out the interior rubber seal/guard that sits in the bottom window groove - just pry it up and pull it out. Leave the one on the outside of the car alone. You may have a piece of foam at each end like I did - if so, make sure you keep them.
7. Look inside the hole to find the regulator. Probably easier to see if the window is down at this point. Notice the two nobs from the window that attach to the regulator, there is a metal clip holding it to the plastic receiver. Pull out the pin on both sides.
8. Carefully dislodge the window from the plastic nobs. Once you do this, nothing will be holding the window.You can hold up the window with some masking tape.Cut a piece about 6inches long.Stick one end of tape to window then go over window frame and place other side of tape on other side of window
9. With the window decoupled from the regulator, it's time to maneuver it out. With it inside the door, turn it almost upside down so the bottom of the window comes out the top first. Otherwise you won't be able to remove it from the door. Be careful - you don't want to break it!
10. Disconnect the plug attaching the power/controls to the window motor.
11. Remove the 4 screws holding the regulator onto the door. (The upper left one should just be loosened so it will hang-in-place). Do the same for the motor (3 screws).
12. Now dislodge the entire regulator/motor assembly from the screw holes and tilt it sideways inside the door. Slowly maneuver it to the hole below the speaker and pull the assembly out.
13. Remove the 3 screws on the motor connecting it to the regulator.
14. Line up the new regulator the same way the old one was connected.It should align perfectly with no problem.
15. Install everything in the reverse order.

When reattaching the plastic panel, it will work better if you take out all the plastic clasps that are stuck in the metal part of the door and insert them in their proper place in the plastic panel. That way you can bang the panel onto the door and they will lock in place in the holes of the door frame.
Once you get the new motor/regulator assembly back in, you can grab your door panel, hold it nearby, connect the power cables and test it before putting the window back in and reconnecting everything. The window should go up/down with no problem.

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Trying to take off arm rest on right do to take off door panel.

i've done this twice. 1/2 the pain is getting the door panel off.
At the point where the arm rest meets the door panel by the door handle there will be a small section where a little light shines on the door handle. you need to put a small screw driver in behind the light an pry this gently away from the door panel. this will reveal a small bolt that must be removed.

Behind the door handle itself there is a small panel that must be pried off as well. you will see a slot on the front of this to stick your screw driver and again push in as you pry back this piece of plastic. this will reveal a screw that must be removed also. just below the door handle, you must also pry off the lock lever as it sits on a rod that work the mechanism to lock/unlock the door.

If you have electric windows, there is a slot in the mounting bracket that you can stick your screw driver in a little and pry this up and out as you must remove the window and lock wires to get the panel off.

Now, there are a series of plastic push clips around the bottom of the door panel. You should be able to stick your fingers between the door panel and the door to pull these away from the door. Don;t use a screw driver for this as you will prob tear the panel. When you get it away from the bottom, do a curl with the door panel from the bottom as it is clipped on the top by the window.

Also, search for "door panel removal on the 1999 Pontiac bonneville" and you may be able to get some pics.

hope this helped.

Oh forgot, good luck getting to the nuts that hold on the mirror. you need someone with small hands and some funky wrenches to reach them.

Mar 02, 2009 | 1999 Pontiac Bonneville

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