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This tip is for 1997-2004 Corvettes: This is something that will save you some hassle at a gas station if you ever have this problem. You probably already know there is a manual fuel door release cable you can pull if the push button in the console ever fails to open the fuel filler door. If not, it's under the carpet behind the driver's seat. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, while it's not exactly hard to do, in fact it's quite easy. On the other hand, if you are wearing a light colored shirt you are likely to get it dirty reaching under the carpet. The carpet isn't just lying there, the edges are covered by other trim pieces. If the switch ever fails to open the fuel filler door, you need to pull the carpet back and find the manual release cable to open the fuel filler door. This could be a problem if it's cold or raining, or as mentioned above, if you are not dressed for dusty work. One day while I was working in my garage, I decided to find my manual fuel door release cable since I had never actually seen it other than what I read in the owner's manual. I had to remove the inside liner of the driver's side rear storage compartment in order to be able to pull the carpet back and reveal the manual fuel door release cable. After finding it, I thought how much easier it would be to have an extension to that cable so if I ever needed to use this manual release I wouldn't need to remove two pieces of carpet. So what I did was attach a short piece of mono-filament fishing line to the cable, and just dropped the end in the driver's rear storage compartment. Then just replace the carpet and the liner to the rear storage compartment and forget about. This way if my switch ever fails to open the fuel filler door all I need to do is open the rear storage compartment door and give the line a tug to open the fuel filler door.
Start by removing inside door handle screw cover + screw.
Then remove upper door trim screw, rear upper corner.
Then front lower screw, bottom rear corner.
Next, center trim screw, above map pocket.
Then you are ready to pull the front of door trim straight out. It has pin type retainers that will release when pulled. It would help if you have a plastic trim pry tool. If not just put your fingers under edge of trim and pull.
Then you disconnect the electrical connectors. To remove panel.
There is a fuel filler door release switch on the driver's side door in the map pocket. The fuel filler door will pop open when the switch is pressed. It is closed manually.
If this system is malfunctioning, a manual release is located in the trunk. Remove the access cover which is located on the left-side inner trim panel and pull the release cable. The fuel filler door will pop open.
Answer FRONT DOOR TRIM PANEL REMOVAL 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. INSTALLATION 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.
Remove the retaining screws from the door inside handle cup.
If equipped with armrest courtesy lamps, remove the lens, detach the bulb and wiring assembly from the pull cup and remove the pull cup.
Working through the pull cup opening, disconnect the remote lock rod from the lock knob.
Remove the retaining screw and the remote mirror bezel nut from the power window regulator housing switch plate, if equipped.
Raise the plate to expose the window switch and power door lock switch and disconnect the switches.
Remove the retaining screws from the armrest finish panel.
Remove the retaining screws from the armrest and remove the armrest.
Using a suitable trim pad removal tool, carefully pry the trim panel plastic push pin retainers from the door inner panel.
NOTE: Do not use the trim panel to pry the clips from the door inner panel. Replace any bent, damaged or missing push pins.
Disconnect the radio speaker wiring, if equipped.
Remove the trim panel and watershield.
If the door panel is to be replaced, transfer the plastic push pins to the new panel. Make sure that the watershield is positioned correctly to the door sheet metal. Remove the door pull handle from the old panel and transfer to the new one.
Position the door panel loosely to the door belt opening and route the wiring harness through the appropriate access holes in the panel.
Connect the radio speaker, if equipped.
Align the plastic push pins on the door panel to the holes in the door sheet metal and press the pins into place.
Install the armrest and route the window regulator, remote mirror cable and power lock harness through the access hole.
Install the armrest finish panel.
Install the power window regulator switch plate housing to the armrest connecting the power window switch, power door lock switch and remote mirror bezel nut, if equipped, prior to securing the retainer screw.
Connect the lock remote rod to the lock knob retainer boss.
NOTE: Make sure that the remote rod is fully seated into the retainer boss, then function manually or with the power switch to ensure smooth operation of the lock knob.
Install the bulb and wiring assembly.
Install the lamp lens, if equipped, and the pull cup.
On 1990–91 vehicles, install the speaker grille.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Fig. 1: Front door panel — 1990–91 vehicles
Fig. 2: Rear door panel — 1989–91 vehicles
If removing the driver's door panel, remove the nut from the outside rearview mirror control switch.
Remove the window regulator switch housing by gently prying up, starting at the front.
Fig. 3: Front door panel — 1992–98 vehicles
Fig. 4: Rear door panel — 1992–98 vehicles
Fig. 5: Remove the window regulator switch housing by gently prying up, starting at the front
Detach all connectors from the switch housing.
Remove the door inside handle cup.
Remove the push pin from the door trim panel upper front extension and remove the screw.
Remove the lower self-tapping screw retaining the door trim panel to the door inner panel.
Fig. 6: Detach the switch housing electrical connector and remove the housing
Fig. 7: Remove the door inside handle cup
Fig. 8: Remove the screws from the door panel in the front and on the upper extension
On Grand Marquis, pry up the screw covers from the door pull handle and remove the screws and handle.
Lift the door panel upward and snap out the panel.
Fig. 9: There are also retaining screws located in the map pocket as well as . . .
Fig. 10: . . . along the bottom edge of the door panel
Disconnect the necessary wire harnesses and remove the panel.
Connect the wire harnesses to the door panel, as necessary.
Install the door panel by pushing in and down until it snaps into place.
Install all self-tapping screws retaining the door trim panel to the door inner panel.
On Grand Marquis, install the door pull handle, tighten the screws and install the screw covers.
Install the push pin covering screw on the panel upper front extension.
Install the inside door handle cup.
Install the window regulator switch housing and install the nut on the outside rearview mirror control switch, if removed.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Fig. 11: Lift the door panel upward and snap out the panel to remove it from the door
Fig. 12: Rotate the door marker lamp bulb and remove it from the door panel
Fig. 13: Detach the connectors for the trunklid and fuel door release switches
Fig. 14: Slide the relay connector off of the door panel and remove the door panel from the vehicle
2. Insert a flat-bladed tool between the door handle bezel and the trim panel in order to release the handle bezel tab retainers.
3. Remove the door trim panel upper extension.
4. Release the upper extension by pulling outward on the front edge in order to release the upper retainer clips.
5. Remove the upper extension from the trim panel by lifting up and out.
6. Using a suitable flat bladed tool, gently pry the manual lock lever from the door trim panel. Remove the trim panel screw. *Remove the screw (2) from within the opening where the manual door lock lever resides. *Remove the screw (3) from the opening in front of the armrest. *Remove the screw located beneath the map pocket, if equipped.
7. Carefully slide the trim panel up in order to release the retainers from the door. Disconnect the electrical connectors. Note: the top part of the door panel is not separate from the bottom. The "upper extension" is just the small triangle piece directly behind the mirror on the interior. Simplified instructions Remove the bezel around the door handle. Pry out the manual lock. Remove the 3 or 4 screws depending on options Slide the door panel up off of the engagement tabs.
Remove the screws in the arm rest pocket. Remove the screw up by the mirror. If it's a power door, gently pop the master window and door lock switch from the top careful not to break the tabs. Remove the screws along the bottom. Gently pry the outer edges to release hidden plastic clips. Once it comes loose, lift to release the upper edge.
Program your factory keyless entry functions For 2001+ Tacomas equipped with a factory alarm or keyless entry, here are some programming options that allow you to adjust the way your locks work. The first programming option allows you to set the entry unlock to: (A) unlock the driver door with one push, and the remaining doors with a second push OR (B) unlock all of the doors with a single push.
Open the driver's door. Remove the key from the ignition switch.
(Complete these steps within 40 seconds)
Insert the key into and remove it from the ignition switch 2 times. (IN - OUT - IN - OUT)
Close, then open the driver's door 2 times. (SHUT - OPEN - SHUT - OPEN)
Insert the key into and remove it from the ignition switch 1 time. (IN - OUT)
Close, then open the driver's door 2 times. (SHUT - OPEN - SHUT - OPEN)
Insert the key into the ignition switch and leave it in.
Close the driver's door.
Turn the key from LOCK to ON 4 times, ending at LOCK (LOCK - ON - LOCK - ON - LOCK - ON - LOCK - ON - LOCK)
Wait for the locks to stop, then remove the key from the ignition switch.
On the key fob, press and release both LOCK and UNLOCK buttons at the same time.
[For all doors unlock] press and release the UNLOCK button.
[For driver door unlock] press and release the LOCK button.
Open the driver's door. The programming is complete. If programming did not occur, start over.