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Removing door panels on a 2002 Chevy Impala sedan.

Removing Door Panels On A 2002 Chevy Impala

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

(Covers Model Years 2000 to 2005)

In This Article:

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

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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 2002 Chevy Impala door panel had six screws (red arrows) as well as snap clips around the perimeter.

Door panel, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Side-view mirror cover screw, 02 Chevy Impala.

I removed the Phillips-head screw from the side view mirror cover, and then I unhooked it from the bottom.

 

To remove the inside door latch cover, I used a Phillips screwdriver to remove the mounting screw... Trim ring around door handle, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Removing trim, 02 Chevy. ...then I used a flat screwdriver to pry behind the cover to release the snap clips.

Then I was then able to maneuver the cover off the handle.

 

With a small flat screwdriver I pried open the side mounting tabs and pulled the door lock switch from the cover. Trim cover around door handle, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Back view of door handle trim cover, 2002 Impala. View of back side of inside door latch cover, showing snap clips.

 

Next I pressed in the lock tab and pulled the wire connector from the door lock switch. Disconnecting power door lock switch.

 

Screws in door pull "cup" area, 2002 Impala. At the bottom of inside door pull handle, I used a #27 Torx tip socket to remove two screws fastening the window switch panel to the door frame. (Note: This screw head could be a Torx T30... I didn't have one available, so I used a T27.)

Then I pulled the switch panel back to unhook it from the door panel.

 

Using a small flat screwdriver, I pressed in on the wire connector lock tabs and pulled out the electrical connectors. Disconnecting wiring for power window switches, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Door switch panel, showing hook. View of back side of switch panel.

The red arrow shows the hook at the front of the panel.

 

Using the #27 Torx tip I removed the two mounting screws hidden behind the switch panel. Removing screws behind armrest, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Prying door panel from door, 2002 Chevy Impala. To release the snap clips around the door panel, I pried between the door panel and metal door frame with a rigid putty knife.

I covered the putty knife with masking tape to prevent scratching.

 

I pulled the panel back, removing it from the door frame. Lifting door panel up.

 

Front door panel, inside view, 2002 Chevy Impala. View of back side of plastic door panel.

 

View of metal door frame with dust cover. Door with panel removed.

 

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

Rear door, chevy impala. The rear door had five screws fastening it to the metal frame, plus the usual snap clips around the bottom and side edges.

 

At the top-rear of the door panel, I pried on the top of this plastic cover and unhooked it from the bottom. Removing small trim cover at rear of window, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Trim piece. View of the back side of the cover. The red arrow points to the hook that goes behind the door panel.

 

I removed the screw from the inside door latch handle cover, using a Phillips screwdriver. Trim around rear door handle, 02 Impala.

 

Prying off plastic trim in door panel.  I used a tack puller to pry the plastic trim cover from the door panel, releasing the snap clips.

Then I slid the cover forward off the handle.

 

Back view of door latch cover. There are 3 snap clips molded into this part. Plastic trim around door handle, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Screws in back door panel. I used a #27 Torx tip socket to remove the two screws from the bottom of the inside door pull handle and window switch panel.

 

Then I lifted the switch panel up in the back, and slid it back to unhook it from the front. Lifting up switch panel in back door.

 

Disconnecting wires form window switches, 2002 Chevy Impala. I used a flat screwdriver to press in on the wire connector lock tab and then pulled the wire connector out of the window switch.

 

View of back side of the switch panel. Back of door handle / window switch plastic part.

 

Removing screws from door panel, 2002 Chevrolet Impala. Using the #27 Torx tip, I removed the two screws hidden behind the switch panel.

 

I slid the putty knife between the plastic door panel and metal door frame and pried against the panel to release the snap clips. Prying rear door panel from door.

 

Lifting door panel off rear door. Then I pulled the plastic panel from the metal door frame.

 

View of back side of plastic door panel. Rear door panel, inside view, 2002 Chevy Impala.

 

Chevy Impala rear door with door panel removed. View of metal door frame with foam cover sheet.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • #27 Torx Tip Socket (#30 Torx May Work)
  • Rigid Putty Knife
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written February 11, 2010