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Removing Door Panels On A
1998 Saab 9/5

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

(Covers Model Years 1998 to 2003)

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 20 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


View of left front door inside panel.

This 98 Saab needed a couple of things fixed. The left side-view mirror needed to be repaired and, the window was stuck in the "down" position.

Driver's door on a 1998 Saab. 


 Removing inside door trim covering side mirror, 98 Saab. First I removed the inside mirror cover which is part of a one-piece plastic trim that covers the upper door frame.

I started by prying at the mirror and working my way around the top of the door. I used a tack puller for this procedure.


Back view of inside window frame cover. Inside window trim, 98 Saab. 


  To disconnect the wire harness I pushed down on the tab on the connector with my thumb and pulled slightly.


After I repaired the side view mirror,  I attached it with the Torx 27 bolts. The red arrows show where the fasteners thread into. Power mirror for 1998 Saab. 


  Using a needle-pointed tool I was able to pry the cover off the inside door latch assembly.

The cover has a small slot for a prying tool.


With a Torx #27 tool I was able to remove the fastening bolt.  


 Door release latch for a 1998 Saab. When I replaced this latch assembly I found that the lever (top arrow) had to go into the bracket (bottom arrow) on the door.


I pried out the upper cap on the inside door pull handle with a small screwdriver.

When I did the lower cap, I found the two were different. So I marked the inside of each cap.



  With a #27 Torx tip I removed the bolt behind the cap.


I used the same procedure on the lower part of the handle.  


Prying off door panel on a 98 Saab.  Then with a rigid putty knife I pried the plastic panel from the metal door.


Using two hands, I pulled the plastic panel loose from the door and held it up so I could disconnect the wires to the switches and light.  


  I found it easier to remove the light at bottom of the panel and then disconnect the wire.


The wire pulled off easily this way.  


Disconnecting electrical controls on a 98 Saab.  I found it easier to remove the switch wires if I first separated the switch from the door panel

By pressing the tabs on each side of the switch I was able to release the switch and push it out of the panel.


Then with a small screwdriver I pried up on the connector tab (red arrow) and was able to pull the wire out.

Remember: The trunk lock switch goes on top and the gas lock switch goes below.

Trunk lock and gas filler door switches, 1998 Saab. 


  I used the same procedure on the gas lock switch.

After I unplugged these connectors, the door panel was separated from the car.


View of back side of plastic door panel.  


  View of inside of door with dust cover.


I peeled away the dust cover to gain access to the window mechanism.

The second part of this job was repairing the window that came off its track.

Inside of door, 98 Saab. 


 Window track and regulator roller, 98 Saab.

Window Track Repair:

I found that the rubber track liner became unglued and cracked one of the three track rollers. The green track roller cost about $10.00.


Removing The Rear Door Panel:

View of rear door.  


  With a needle-pointed tool I was able to remove the cover on the latch screw.

This little cover has a notch for prying.


Then I used a #27 Torx tip to remove the bolt holding the inside door latch.  


  I pried the caps covering the bolts to the inside door pull handle. I marked the inside of the caps, because of the difference between the upper and lower caps.


With a #27 Torx screwdriver tip I removed the bolts fastening the inside door handle.  


  Using a rigid putty knife I pried the plastic door panel away from the metal door shell. Then I was able to pull the panel off.


To remove the wire from window switch, I pried up on the red tab with a small flat screwdriver.  


  When the tab was up I was able to pull the wire from the switch.


I removed the wire from door light.

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



  Inside view of plastic door panel.


View of rear metal door shell with dust cover.  


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Torx #27 Screwdriver Bit
  • Tack Puller
  • Rigid Putty Knife
  • Needle-Pointed Hook Tool or Punch
  • Small Flat Screwdriver

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written August 19, 2008