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Removing Door Panels On A
1997 Saab 900S

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

(Covers Model Years 1994 to 2003)

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 30 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

This 1997 Saab 900s was involved in a collision with a deer. 1997 Saab 900S with collision damage.

 

1997 Saab 900S with damage. I replaced the left park lamp, fender, side view mirror and left front door.

 

This deer actually ran into the side of the 1997 Saab.

 

Inside view of Saab 900S door. This plastic inside door panel had to be removed with all electrical and mechanical parts. Then those parts had to be installed on the new metal door shell.

 

Removing The Front Door Panel:

I used a tack pulled to pry at the top of the side view mirror cover to release the snap clip. The bottom of the cover hooks into the lower panel. Removing cover panel behind side view mirror.

 

Disconnecting wires for control switch for side mirrors. Then with a small screwdriver I released the tab on the wire connection and pulled the connector apart.

 

Removing The Side Mirror:

With the flat screwdriver I released the tab holding the wire connection to the side view mirror.

Wiring connector to side view mirror.

 

Removing side mirror from Saab 900S.

Removing The Side Mirror:

I used a Torx T30 socket to remove the three mounting bolt to the side view mirror.

If you are removing the mirror, have someone hold the mirror so it does not fall and cause damage.

 

I used a fine pointed tool to go into the key hole cover and pry off the cover.

Be careful... not to lose this cover... it may pop off and fly.

Removing fastener cover on door handle, Saab 900S.

 

Removing screw for door handle on Saab. Then using a Torx T30 socket I removed the inside door latch.

 

I used a small flat screwdriver to separate the plastic pull handle. I started at the bottom and worked my way towards the top. Removing part of door pull handle on Saab 900S.

 

Two part door pull handle, Saab 900S. View of the inside pull handle in two parts.

 

Then I used a Torx T30 socket to remove the two bolts anchoring the pull handle to the metal door shell. Removing screws behind door pull handle on Saab 900S.

 

Fasteners on lower edge of door panel. At the bottom of the panel I removed two Torx T30 bolts anchoring the panel to the metal door shell.

 

On the side of the panel I found a button clip. To remove this type of clip, I pressed the center in slightly then pried the clip out. Removing button fastener on edge of door panel.

 

Button clip used to fasten door panel on Saab. View of button clip. To reuse this clip I pushed the center out as shown in photo.

 

Then I used a putty knife and released the snap clips on the plastic door panel. Pulling outward and upward the panel came loose from the metal door shell. Lifting door panel from Saab front door.

 

Removing trunk switch from front door panel on Saab 900S. Working from the back, I pressed on the sides of the trunk switch and pushed it through the front of the panel.

Then I used a flat screwdriver to released the tab and pulled the wire connector from the switch.

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

 

View of back of plastic door panel. Rear of Saab front door panel.

 

Saab 900S door with panel removed. View of metal door shell with dust cover.

 

Removing Rear Door Panel:

View of rear door. Rear door of Saab 900S

 

I used a fine point tool to pry the cover off the inside door latch.

Careful this cover can fly off and get lost.

 

Then I used a Torx T30 socket to remove the bolt that holds the door latch to the metal door shell.

 

I used a flat screwdriver and started prying the inside door pull handle apart.

 

View of pull handle separated into two pieces.

 

Then with a Torx T30 socket I removed the two bolts holding the pull handle to the metal door shell.

 

At the bottom of the plastic door panel I removed the two Torx T30 bolts.

 

Then I pulled the plastic door panel outward and upward to release it from the metal door shell.

 

With a flat screwdriver I released the tab on the wire connector and disconnected it from the switch.

 

View of back of door panel.

 

View of metal door shell with dust cover.

 

The vehicle after all the repairs were done.

 

A Common Problem With Saabs:

I have found that the rubber track liner sometimes becomes unglued and cracks one of the three track rollers. This green track roller costs about $10.00.

Window track and regulator roller, Saab.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic mechanic's tools
  • Torx T30 socket
  • Tack puller or small prying tool
  • Small flat screwdriver
  • Fine pointed tool 

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written February 26, 2009