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Removing door panels on a 2000 Chevy Cavalier 2-door coupe.

Removing Door Panels On A
2000 Chevy Cavalier

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

(Covers Model Years 1995 to 2005)

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:

On this 2000 Chevy Cavalier convertible I found it fairly easy to remove the door panel: Remove six screws, pry the panel from the door, and disconnect the power door lock wiring.

Screw locations on door panel of 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier.

 

Removing cover over power side-view mirror.

Using a Phillips screwdriver I removed this screw and the side view mirror cover.

 

Removing The Power Mirror Control Knob:

I used a metric Allen wrench to back off the set screw (green arrow) and released the side view mirror switch knob from the cover.

Removing power mirror control knob switch, Chevy Cavalier.

 

Removing Manual Window Crank Handles:

This car had power windows (the switches are on the center console between the front seats). Many Chevy Cavaliers have manual windows. For information about removing similar door panels with manual windows, read our article about the Saturn S door panel.

 

Remove screws in door pull handle, Chevy. Then I removed the two Phillip screws fastening the pull handle to the metal door shell.

 

I removed the three Phillips screws from the bottom of the plastic door panel. Screws along bottom of door panel, 2000 cavalier.

 

Screw on side of door holding door panel. Then I removed the Phillips screw from the side of the plastic door panel.

 

I used a rigid putty knife to release the snap clips fastening the plastic door panel to the metal door frame. Prying door panel off car with putty knife, Chevy.

 

Lifting door panel from car door, Chevy Cavalier. Then I pulled the door panel outward slightly and upward to lift it off the metal lip at the top of the door.

 

To disconnect the electrical connector from power door lock switch, I used my finger to pull the release tab back (green arrow).

At this point, the door panel was completely separated from the car.

Disconnecting electrical connector behind door panel.

 

Back view of door panel, 2000 Chevy Cavalier 2-door. View of back side of the plastic door panel.

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover. Car door with trim panel removed, Cavalier.

 

Removing Side-View Mirror:

Disconnecting side mirror wiring. I used a small flat screwdriver to lift the tab and release the wire connector to the electric side view mirror.

 

Then using a 10mm socket, I removed the nuts securing the side view mirror to the metal door frame.

I recommend having a helper hold the mirror when unbolting it, so it doesn't fall and scratch the door.

Side-view mirror bolt locations, 2000 Cavalier.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Phillip screwdriver
  • Flat screwdriver 
  • Rigid putty knife
  • 10mm socket

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written August 13, 2009