Door Panels - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The many different design interiors make it
impossible to list each fastener location. The trim panels that must be
removed are held in place by screws and clips. These locations vary from
model to model. After removal of all the fasteners that you are aware
of, if the trim panel is still firmly attached, you probably missed a
hidden fastener. If this happens, gently and carefully pry the area
looking for the location that doesn't flex. The location that does flex
is where you'll find the fastener(s) you missed. Screws and retainers
are usually hidden. Handle trim, reflectors, light lenses and other
plastic pieces usually cover the main retaining screws. Take great care
with the plastic trim panels. Plastic trim panels are usually very hard
plastic and extremely easy to crack. The following steps can be used to
guide you through the removal and installation of the trim panels, but
you may need to alter these steps to your specific needs.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Pull the inside door handle to the open position, unfasten the
screw and remove the handle escutcheon.
- If equipped with manual locks, remove door inside locking rod
- If equipped with manual windows, insert a suitable window
regulator handle removal tool behind the handle. Disengage the retainer,
then remove the handle.
- If equipped with power windows and locks, use a small flat-bladed
prytool to carefully pry the switch plate up, then detach the power
component electrical connectors.
- If equipped, remove the screws inserted through door armrest and
pull handle assembly into door inner panel or armrest hanger support
- Lift the seat belt trim panel up and remove the hidden retaining
- Remove the outside side view mirror trim plate retaining screw.
Lift the panel up to disengage the retaining clip, then remove the trim
panel from the door.
- On styles with courtesy lamps located in the lower area of the
trim panel, disconnect the wiring harness at the lamp assembly.
- If equipped, use a suitable tool to pry the reflector plate from
the side of the door panel.Remove bottom trim cover retaining screws, then remove the lower
- Remove any necessary electrical connector CPA clips, then unplug
the electrical connectors.
- On styles with integral armrests, remove the screws inserted
through the pull cup into the armrest hanger support.
- Unfasten the door trim panel retaining screws. The locations of
the screws will vary depending upon the year of model of vehicle. The
screws are usually hidden, so be sure to look carefully to make sure you
don't miss any.After all of the trim panel retaining screws are removed, slide a
suitable trim panel removal tool between the door panel and door
perimeter to carefully disengage all of the trim panel retaining
buttons. Make sure to position the tool close to the fastener, or the
trim panel may be damaged.
- Carefully lift the trim panel away from the door, checking to be
sure all of the retaining buttons and screws and electrical connectors
Before installing the door trim panel, check that all trim retainers
are securely installed to the panel and are not damaged. Replace damaged
retainers as required.
Connect electrical components where present.
To install the door trim panel, pull door inside handle inward;
then position the trim panel to the inner panel, inserting the door
handle through the panel hole.
Position the trim panel to the door inner panel so that the trim
retainers are aligned with the attaching holes in the panel, and tap the
retainers into the holes with a clean rubber mallet. Install all
previously removed items.
Install the remaining door panel components in the reverse order
- After installation, connect the negative battery cable, then check
for proper attachment and operation of electric components, if so
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