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Removing Door Panels On A
2002 Chevrolet Suburban

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

(Covers Model Years 2000 to 2007)

In This Article:

Various screws and accessories are removed and then the door panel is pried away. Electrical connectors are disconnected to separate the panel from the door. Notes on removing side-view mirror.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

I found two hidden seven millimeter screws and five accessories that held the door panel in place on this 2002 Chevrolet Suburban.

First I roll the window down.

 

The first accessory to remove was the interior door lock.

To get this part off, I pried on the plastic trim ring and gave it a slight forward push

 

Later, when I replace this part, I will align the bent rod end to go into the center hole of the door lock assembly.

 

I pried upward on the electrical control panel from the outer edge.

 

Once the wires were exposed, I pushed in the white tab (red arrow) with a small screwdriver and pulled out the wiring harness on the end.

 

I pressed on the tab (red arrow) and pulled the other two wires.

 

Then I removed the seven millimeter screw hidden behind the control panel.

 

I found the second screw was hidden under armrest pull handle.

 

Then I removed the cover around  the inside latch area by prying the end upward.

 

Now I maneuvered the cover around and off the handle.

 

Dealing With The Side-View Mirror:

By prying at the top end of the side view mirror cover, I unsnapped the clips and removed it in an upward direction.

 

If you only need to remove the mirror, then remove the sponge to expose the mirror area. 

 

The arrows point to three 10mm nuts holding the side view mirror the door. But first disconnect the wiring harness... just pull the tab outward and pull apart.

 

Reflector Lamp:

I removed the reflector lamp by prying with a prying tool or small screw driver. There are notches in the rim of the lamp for prying on.

 

Then I disconnected the wire by pulling on the release tab and pulling the wire out.

 

Ready To Remove:

Then I lifted the panel upward and pulled it away from the metal door shell.

 

The door was exposed with just the dust cover on, I carefully removed this plastic cover.

 

On this job I removed the mirror, glass, speaker and outside door handle in order to replace the outer door skin, which is a major job.

 

Back View:

The arrows show the hook clips on the back side of the plastic door panel,

 

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

The rear door panel has two hidden screws and four accessories to be removed.

 

I pried outward and pushed slightly forward to remove inside door lock assembly.

If you have trouble reinstalling refer to this operation on front door.

 

On the window switch I pried upward and pushed lightly back. Then I pulled the switch out a bit and reached under to disconnect the wire.

 

Then I removed the plastic cover around the handle by prying outward.

 

I maneuvered the cover off the handle.

 

Underneath the armrest, above the handle, I removed a 7mm screw.

 

In the lower corner by the door hinges I found the last 7mm screw and removed it.

 

Then I removed the reflector lamp, by prying upward on the notches in the rim of the lamp.

 

Then I disconnected the wire by pulling the tab upward.

 

I pulled upward and away from the metal door shell to remove the plastic door panel.

 

The only thing left was the plastic dust cover. This cover can be carefully peeled away if you need to get inside the door to repair something.

A hair dryer can be used to warm up and soften the glue around the edges of the plastic sheet.

 

Back side view of the plastic door panel.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Small Prybar
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Sockets: 7mm, 10mm

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written January 24, 2008