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Removing Door Panels On A
1999 GMC Jimmy / Chevy Blazer

Gaining Access To Repair Power Windows,
Door Locks, Stereo Speakers and More.

(Covers Model Years 1994 to 2004)

 

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 15 Minutes

By Bruce W. Maki, Editor

Start:

While this 1999 GMC Jimmy was in my garage for some other repairs, I decided to take off the front door panel and fix the power door lock.

Note that this car is on jack stands, but that's because of the other work I was doing. There's no need to raise a car to remove the door panels.

 

The door panel had a bunch of switches, which means there will be several electrical connectors to remove.

 

The first thing Jim removed was the switch panel on the door armrest.

He began by inserting a small prybar into the groove around the switch panel. Then he gently pried upwards to release the plastic latch tabs.

 

Then he pulled the switch cluster away from the door panel.

 

To disconnect the wiring, he carefully pried on the release tab (arrow) of each wiring harness.

 

Another wiring connector...

Since this car was "loaded" with features, there were 4 electrical connectors on the driver's door panel.

 

Jim removed the Phillips-head screw behind the door release handle.

 

Then he pulled the small cover panel away from the door and the door handle.

 

Underneath the armrest there were two screws.

 

Using a 7mm socket and extension, Jim removed these two screws.

 

These were like little lag screws.

 

To pry off the door panel, Jim inserted a door panel removal tool between the door panel and the metal frame of the door.

 

It's important to locate the push-in fasteners and pry directly around them, otherwise the plastic door panel may break.

 

Once all the push-fasteners were pulled out, Jim lifted up on the entire door panel.

 

After the door panel was lifted up and separated from the top edge of the metal door frame, Jim was able to pull the panel away from the door.

 

View of rear of panel.

The red arrows indicate the push-fasteners. The blue arrow at the upper left points to the upper-most fastener. This plastic clip broke when Jim tried to pry it away... so be careful.

 

 

Further door repairs can be done by peeling away the rubber barrier.

In my case I was able to disconnect the rods that connect to the door lock mechanism and repair the lock, but that's beyond this article.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Small Prybar
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Door Panel Removal Tool
  • Sockets: 7mm

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written August 15, 2007