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Removing the door panel on a 2002 Dodge Caravan.

Removing Door Panels On A
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan

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

(Covers Model Years 2001 to 2008)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed, the power window controls are disconnected and then the door panel is pried away. The door release connector rod and one electrical connector are disconnected to separate the panel from the door.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

Removing this 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan plastic door panel is not too difficult.

However, the window must be rolled down before removing the door panel.

Door panel on a Chrysler minivan.

 

Screw cover behind door handle, Dodge Caravan.

There is a small round cover behind the inside door release handle.

I placed the tip of a small flat screwdriver in the notch on the screw cover, and I pried out the cover.

 

Then I removed the Phillips screw from the behind the door latch handle. Removing hidden screw on door panel, Dodge Caravan.

 

Removing screw cover in door pull handle, Dodge minivan. At the bottom of the door pull handle, I removed another screw cover.

I just used a flat screwdriver and pried up at the notch.

 

I then removed the Phillips screw from the bottom of the door pull handle. Removing screw in door handle, 2002 Grand Caravan.

 

Remove window switch panel, Dodge Grand Caravan. I used a small flat screwdriver and pried up the window switch cover to release it from plastic door panel.

This switch panel just pries off... there are no screws or hooks.

 

View of back of switch cover.

There are 4 snap connections on the back... you can see one to the left of my thumb.

Rear view of window switch panel, Dodge Caravan minivan, 2002.

 

Removing wiring harness from window switches, Dodge minivan. I used a flat screwdriver to unlock the red wire harness lock...

 

...by sliding the red lock to the right.

Then I pressed on the wire connector release tab...

Locking tab on electrical connector for window switches, Dodge Caravan.

 

Removing electrical connector, Dodge. ...and I was able to pull the wire connector out of the switch.

This is a pretty fancy design for an electrical connector. You can't even press that release tab until the red lock is moved aside.

 

At the bottom of the door panel underneath the speaker, I found the last Phillips screw and removed it. Screw at bottom of door panel, Dodge Grand Caravan 2002.

 

Using putty knife to pop off door panel snaps, Dodge. Then I used a rigid putty knife to pry on the door panel to release the snap clips that attach it to the metal door frame.

 

I lifted the door panel upward to release it from the top lip and the door lock button. Lifting door panel upwards to remove.

 

Disconnecting door latch connector rod from handle, 2002 Dodge minivan.

Disconnecting The Door Latch Handle:

I was able to open the swing clip and pull the connector rod out of the door release handle.

 

Then I used a flat screwdriver to lift the release tab and pull the wiring connector from door lock switch. (This is adjacent to the door handle.)

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

Disconnecting door lock wiring on back of door panel, Dodge Caravan.

 

Back view of Dodge Caravan door panel. View of back side of plastic door panel.

 

View of metal door frame with dust cover.

This dust cover can be peeled back to reach the components inside the door, such as the power window mechanism or door latch.

2002 Dodge Caravan door with trim panel removed. 

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written June 4, 2009