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Remove plastic door panel 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Removing Door Panels On A
2005 Chevy Trailblazer

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

(Covers Model Years 2002 to 2007)

In This Article:

Various trim pieces are pried off, electrical connectors are separated, and two bolts are removed. The door panel is pried away.

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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 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer had two bolts (red arrows) fastening the plastic door panel to metal frame. After those are removed the panel can simply be pried off.

But reaching the bolts requires removing some pieces of trim.

Location of front door panel fasteners 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Remover inside door latch cover 2002 through 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

I began by removing the inside door latch cover with a rigid putty knife (red arrow), prying lightly and wiggling at the same time until the catches released at that end of the cover.

I use masking tape on tools (and areas of the panels) to avoid damaging the surface.

 

I then applied the same procedure to the front area of the cover until it came off. 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, prying off inside door latch cover or trim ring.

 

View of inside door latch area without cover, 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. View of inside door latch. The red arrow shows the two holes for the line-up studs on the back of the cover.

 

View of back of cover. The arrows show the four snap-clips.

If you notice, I broke two of the clips, so I had to buy a new cover. Be careful when removing this part.

View of back of door latch cover, 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

 

Preparing window switch panel for removal, 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. I covered the area around the window switch cover with masking tape, then I pried against with tape.

 

I used the rigid putty knife (red arrow) to pry up the switch panel slightly, and a tack puller (green arrow) to pry upwards until the snap clip released. Release clips of door switch panel 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

 

Prying up power window switch to remove from door panel, 05 Trailblazer. I used the same method on the front snap clip.

 

I pressed down with my thumb on the longer wire connector for the power window and pulled it from the switch. Disconnect window switch connector 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Door lock wire connector, 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. I found that the second wire connector (for the door lock) had a hook tab on the back side (red arrow), that I had to pry up with a small flat screwdriver. Then I was able to pull the connector from the switch.

 

Then I used a small flat screwdriver to pry up on the lock tab and pull out the last connector.

This wiring harness goes to the heated seat.

Disconnect seat heater wire connector 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

View of door wire connectors, 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. View of 3 electrical connectors for the switch panel on the right-hand (passenger-side) door.

 

View of right-hand door window switch panel.

The driver's-side door typically has a different switch, since the passenger-side doesn't normally have a control for the side-view mirrors.

View of back side of window/door switch panel 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer

 

Door panel fastener bolt removal 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. With the window switch panel removed, I was able to use a 10mm socket to remove a mounting bolt.

 

The second mounting bolt was located under the rear of the inside door pull handle. I used a 10mm socket to unscrew the bolt. Then... Fastener bolt behind inside door pull handle 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Use magnet to pull bolt out 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer door panel. ...I had to use a magnet to remove the bolt from the small pocket it was in.

 

To reinstall the bolt I used soft caulk (also called "rope caulk") in the end of the socket to hold the bolt in the socket.

Placing a piece of masking tape across the end of the socket, and pushing the bolt head into the socket (to wedge the bolt in place) will work too.

How to replace door pull handle bolt 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Unsnap plastic door trim panel 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Then I used a rigid flat putty knife and pried the around the perimeter of the door panel to release the snap clips.

 

I pulled the panel outward slightly and lifted upward off the lip of the metal door frame. Lift door panel off car, 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

 

View of back of plastic door panel 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. View of back side of the plastic door panel.

 

View of metal door frame with dust cover. View of metal door frame 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Removing The Side-View Mirror:

I used a 10mm socket to remove the 3 mounting nuts.

Then I pulled the mirror away from the car while threading the wires through the hole.

Be careful ... hold the mirror so it doesn't fall when the last nut is removed.

Click here to read more about removing the side mirror.

Side view mirror mounting nuts 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Removing The Front Door Speaker:

Disconnect speaker wire connector 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. With door panel removed, I disconnected the speaker wire connector using a flat screwdriver to press in the lock tab. Then I pulled the connector apart.

Click here to read more about removing the speaker.

 

Removing Door Inner Dust Cover:

With the speaker removed, I was able to remove the dust cover.

Using a long sharp knife, I pulled the cover from the top and gradually cut the soft caulk/adhesive.

I prefer to do the top, then the two sides... 

How to remove dust cover 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Remove dust cover Chevrolet Trailblazer. ... then the bottom last.

 

View of metal door frame with dust cover removed. View of inside of metal door frame 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Sockets: 10mm, 7mm
  • Rigid Putty Knife
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Tack Puller
  • Mechanic's Magnet

Materials Used:

  • Masking Tape

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Written November 16, 2010