Question about 2002 Chevrolet Malibu
Most door panels have a single screw in the handle of the door where you grab the door to shut it. This it attached to a metal bar inside the door. Take this screw out. (may be hidden under a plastic tab) On the perimeter of the door panel there will be plastic clips that look like xmas trees. Carefully tug on the panel from the bottom and work your way around the rest of the door and pop these loose. If the car has power windows you will have to unplug the wire from the switches. If the car has crank style windows you will have to remove the handle before the panel can be removed. You will find a clip that holds the crank on the nub that rolls up the window. You can fabricate a tool to remove this by using a credit card type of plastic card. (such has a prefered shopper card from you grocery store) You cut a U shaped slot in the center of the card that is about 1 in deep and 1/4 in across. My wifes 2005 Cobalt has manual windows since it is a base model. I had to remove her front panel to replace a speaker. When you pull thew panel off if any of the plastic clips get damaged don't worry, your local auto parts store will have more and they only cost a few dollars for a pack of 5 or 10. If this is the first time you have tried to take a panel off and are worried about damaging the car go to your local junk yard and practice on something in the yard. The process is the same for most every car. Below is a very crude drawing of the tool I made.
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