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Remove door panel on a 2002 Buick LeSabre.

Removing Door Panels On A 2002 Buick LeSabre

Gaining Access To Repair Power Windows, Door Locks, Side Mirrors and More.

 

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Electrical connectors are disconnected to separate the panel from the door.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

This 2002 Buick LeSabre had two hidden screws.

The side view mirror electrical connection is behind the plastic door panel, so removing the mirror requires removing the door panel.

Interior view of car door, 2002 Buick LeSabre. 

 

 Prying trim ring around inside door handle, 2002 Buick LeSabre.

I removed the inside door handle cover by first prying on the front of the cover, then on the top of the cover.

 

I maneuvered the cover off the door handle. Removing trim from around door handle, Buick. 

 

 Disconnecting wires behind trim piece around door handle, Buick. Using a small flat screwdriver, I pried up on the lock tab of the wire connector to the door lock switch, and then pulled the connector out.

 

View of back of inside door handle cover. You can see some of the plastic tabs that hold this part onto the door panel. Back view of Buick LeSabre trim ring around inside door handle. 

 

 Removing hidden screw near door handle, Buick LeSabre 2002. Then I used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the mounting screw behind the door handle trim.

 

I used a flat screwdriver to pry the rear reflector cover from the door panel. Removing red reflector at rear of door panel, Buick.

 

 Door reflector bezel mounting tabs, Buick. View of back of reflector. The arrows show the location of the mounting tabs.

 

Then I used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the mounting screw behind the reflector. Removing screw behind red reflector, 2002 Buick LeSabre. 

 

 Prying off cover for side view mirror, Buick LeSabre 2002. I used a flat screwdriver to pry against the side-view mirror cover.

There is one snap clip near the top that fastens the cover to the door.

 

View of back side of side mirror cover (red arrow shows the snap clip).

Note the rectangular plastic tabs that secure the bottom of the cover.

Rear view of mirror trim cover, Buick LeSabre. 

 

 Disconnecting wiring for speaker near side mirror, 2002 Buick LeSabre. Using a flat screwdriver, I lifted the tab on the speaker wire connector and pulled the connector apart.

 

I used a rigid putty knife to release the snap clips that connect the plastic door panel to the metal door frame. Prying door panel from car door, 2002 Buick LeSabre. 

 

Lifting door panel from car, 2002 Buick LeSabre.  Then I pulled the door panel out slightly and lifted upward until the plastic panel was released from the car door frame.

 

There was only one electrical connection between the metal door shell and the door panel. Using both hands I unlocked the blue lever and pulled the wire connector apart. Disconnecting wiring behind door panel, 02 Buick. 

 

 Back view of plastic door panel, 2002 Buick LeSabre. Back view of the Buick LeSabre door panel.

 

View of metal door frame with trim panel removed. Car door with trim panel removed, Buick. 

 

Removing The Side View Mirror:

Disconnecting side-view mirror wiring, 2002 Buick LeSabre.  I followed the side view mirror wire to a connection box. Using a flat screwdriver, I depressed the electrical connector tab and pulled the wires out.

 

Using a 10mm socket, I removed the three mounting nuts (red arrows).

Caution: Have a helper hold the mirror... if it falls it can damage the door or the mirror.

Locations of side-view mirror mounting bolts, 2002 Buick LeSabre. 

 

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

 Interior view of rear door, 2002 Buick LeSabre. The rear door panel had only one mounting screw.

 

I pried at the front of the inside door handle cover. After it moved a little, I pried on the top part of the cover. Removing trim ring around inside door release handle, Buick. 

 

Pulling trim ring from car door, Buick.  I then maneuvered the cover away from the handle. 

 

View of back of the inside door handle cover. Door handle trim ring, 2002 Buick LeSabre. 

 

 Removing screw behind trim ring, rear door, Buick LeSabre. I removed the mounting screw from behind the cover with a Phillips screwdriver.

 

I removed the rear reflector cover from the back of the panel, only to find out there was not a mounting screw there. Reflector on rear door, 02 Buick LeSabre. 

 

 Prying car door trim panel from metal door shell, Buick. I used a flat pry tool to release the snap clips from the metal frame.

Sometimes the rigid putty knife is not strong enough.

 

I pulled the panel out slightly and pushed upward until it released from the door frame. Lifting door panel off the car. 

 

 Electrical connector behind door panel, Buick. I used a small flat screwdriver to release the lock tab on the wire connector and pulled it apart.

 

Back view of rear door panel. Back view of rear door panel, 2002 Buick LeSabre. 

 

 Inside of car door panel showing plastic moisture barrier. View of metal door frame. The clear plastic cover can be peeled back to reach the parts inside the door.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Tack Puller
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife
  • 10mm Socket & Ratchet (For Side View Mirror)

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written January 12, 2010