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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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GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000 - Repair Guide

Window Regulator And Motor Assembly
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

Rear Door


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Fig. The rear window regulator is an assembly that consists of two pieces

NOTE The front window regulator is removed as an assembly with the door control module. Refer to the procedure outlined in this section under Door Locks.
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  2. Remove the door glass (window).
  3. Detach the electrical connector, if equipped, or remove the window regulator handle.

To install:
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  2. Place the regulator through the rear access hole into the door.
  3. Attach the electrical connector, if equipped, or install the window regulator handle.
  4. Install the rear side door window.
  5. Replace the door window assembly.
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Fig. The door control module contains the door locking system module and the power window system module
  1. Raise the window to the full up position.
  2. Remove the inside door trim panel. Refer to procedure outlined in this section.
  3. Pull off the plastic film water deflector enough to access the lock actuator.
  4. Remove the screws securing the door lock actuator.
  5. Remove the door locking system module nuts and bolt.
  6. Remove the door locking system module from the door.
To install:
Installation is the reverse of removal, but make sure to tighten the fasteners to the torque specifications listed:
  1. Door locking system module bolt-89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  2. Door locking system module nuts-89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  3. Door lock actuator screws-53 inch lbs. (6 Nm).

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KD does make a tool that will properly pry the door panel away from reainers. KD 3705 You might get by with a screwdriver.
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