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Removing car door panel from a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.

Removing Door Panels On A
1999 Pontiac Grand Am

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

(Covers Model Years 1992 to 2002)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and electrical connectors are disconnected, then the door panel is pried away and lifted off the car.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


The door panel on this 1999 Pontiac Grand Am had two hidden screws.

Interior door panel on 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.


Prying side-view mirror cover off door, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.

I started by removing the side view mirror cover.

Using a tack puller, I pried the from the top to release the snap clip, then I unhooked it from the bottom.


Back view of side view mirror cover.

I used a small flat screwdriver to lift the lock tab on the wire connector and pulled it apart.

Back side of plastic cover over side view mirror, Pontiac Grand Am.


Removing trim around door handle, Pontiac Grand Am. I removed the trim around the inside door latch, using a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw from the center of the trim ring. 


Then I maneuvered the trim ring from the latch. Sliding trim ring off car door handle.


Prying up power window switch panel, Pontiac Grand Am. Using a tack puller I lifted the rear of the switch panel, and then I unhooked it from the front.


With the end of a small flat screwdriver I pressed in on the lock tab and... Disconnecting electrical wiring from power window switch, Pontiac.


Removing electrical connector. ...pulled out the wire connector for the door lock switch.


I disconnected the two connectors from the window switch by lifting the lock tab on the connector and pulling the wire connector out of the switch. Disconnecting wiring on Pontiac Grand Am, 1999.


Screw location behind power window switch panel, Pontiac Grand Am. Someone had never put this hidden screw (red arrow) back into the door panel of this used car.

(I put a screw in the hole when I replaced the plastic door panel.)


At the lower end of the inside door pull handle, I used a Phillips screwdriver to removed the mounting screw. Removing screw at lower end of door pull handle, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.


Removing reflector from car door panel. I used a small flat screwdriver to pry at the upper end of the reflector which is located on the lower rear corner of the door panel.


View of back of reflector showing mounting tabs.

Then I removed the Phillips mounting screw located behind the reflector.

Hidden screw behind reflector, Pontiac Grand Am.


Prying door panel from car door, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. Using a rigid putty knife I pried and released the snap clips around the edge of the panel.

As always, I started prying the snap clips at the rear lower corner and worked upwards and then forwards.


I pulled the door panel outward slightly and lifted upward to separate the plastic panel from the metal door frame. Lifting door panel off car.


Disconnecting electirical connector oon car door panel, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. I used a flat screwdriver to release the wire connector lock tab and then pull the wire connector from the trunk lock switch.


Removing The Side View Mirror:

With a small flat screwdriver I released the lock tab from the side view mirror wire connector (red arrow) and pulled apart the connection. Removing side view mirror wiring connector, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.


Removing foam from behind mirror cover, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. I removed the foam insulation from the mirror area.


Then I used a 10mm socket to remove the three mounting nuts to the side view mirror.

Caution: Have someone hold the mirror, if it falls it can cause damage to the door.

Fastener locations for side view mirror, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.


Back of car door panel, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. View of back side of plastic door panel.


View of metal door frame with dust cover removed. Car door with trim panel removed, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • 10mm Socket
  • Small flat screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Tack Puller or Small Pry Tool
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written March 19, 2010