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2004 Saturn Vue
In This Article:
The side mirror cover is removed.
The door release handle is disconnected, the pull handle
is split apart and the door panel is lifted from the
Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)
Time Taken: About 30 Minutes
By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body
To remove the plastic door panel
from this 2004 Saturn Vue, I had to remove five
mounting screws, indicated by the red arrows.
Before removing the door panel I
first had to pry off the side view mirror cover.
I pried at the
top area first...
The red arrows point to the plastic tabs that
hook into the door panel below.
Caution: Have someone hold the
side view mirror. If it falls, it can cause damage
to the outside of the door.
Using a flat
screwdriver I pried open the lock tab for
the rod clip.
This is different from most cars,
where a trim ring is removed and the door release handle
stays attached to the door.
Using the flat screwdriver, I pushed in on the lock
tab to release the outer handle...
Caution: This panel has
plastic hooks molded into the back of the
door panel... there are no snap clips
that are used on many vehicles.
plastic hooks are located mostly around the
edges of the panel.
If necessary, the
plastic sheet dust cover can be peeled away
to reach the equipment inside the door.
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Written December 9, 2010