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Removing door panel on a 1988 to 2001 Chevy pickup truck.

Removing Door Panels On A
1998 Chevy C/K1500 Pickup
With Manual Windows

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

(Covers Model Years 1988 to 2001)

In This Article:

The window crank handle is removed. Various screws are removed and then 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


This 1998 Chevrolet half-ton pick-up truck had no power windows or power door locks. Inside view of driver's door, 98 Chevy truck.


My first step was to roll down the window. This should be done whether the vehicle has manual or power windows.


Using a manual window crank snap ring tool, I removed the window handle.

If the truck had electric windows and power door locks, this step would not be necessary.

Removing manual window crank, older GM truck.


Removing window handle, GM pickup truck. When using the snap ring tool it's important to follow the direction of the arm.

If that doesn't work, try the exact opposite direction. It could be that someone has put the snap ring on wrong.


The red arrow shows the snap ring.

To re-install this snap ring, needle nose pliers work the best.

Snap ring for manual window crank, General Motors.


Removing plastic trim around door handle, GM truck.

Next I removed the cover around the handle/lock area:

With my finger I pried the plastic cover away from the door (to put some tension on it).

Then with a flat screwdriver I released the clips inside the cover (which can be seen in the photo below).


The arrows point to the release clips.


On this job I'm replacing the inside door release lever, which was broken. This is a common problem with this series of truck by GM.


I removed two Phillips head screws from the door pull handle. Screws for door panel, GM truck.


Removing arm rest on 1998 Chevy/GMC truck. Then I slid the arm rest in the direction of the arrow, and the arm rest came right off.


View of the back side of the arm rest.

The hooks in the bottom two red circles engage the holes in the upper two circles.

Rear view of arm rest, showing attachment clips, GM pickup.


Removing side-view mirror cover on 1998 GM truck. I removed the plastic panel that covers the mirror bolts.

I just pried on the edge of this cover and it popped off.


The red arrows show the clip and retainer.

The mirror bolts are behind the black foam rubber.

Mirror cover panel, GM pickup or SUV. 


Prying door panel from vehicle on older GM truck. I then pried away the plastic door panel from metal door shell.

I used a door panel removal tool, but a rigid putty knife works just as well.


Once all of the clips had been pried out, I lifted the door panel upward to unhook it from the window lip.

If this truck had power windows/doors, I would need to disconnect the wires at this point.

Lifting door panel from door shell, Chevy/GMC truck.


Back side of door panel, General Motors truck. View of back of door panel:

The white fastener clips can be seen along the edge of the panel.

The inner door components are now exposed. Front door with plastic panel removed, GM pickup.

Work performed at R-Tech Auto Body, Traverse City Michigan.

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Rigid Putty Knife or Door Removal Tool
  • Tack Puller
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written November 15, 2007