How to Remove the Inside Door Panel on a Chevrolet Suburbanby Don Bowman
Front and rear door panels of a Suburban are removed in much the same manner. They are made of a hard cardboard backing that is similar to peg board but without the holes. Snaps on the back of the door panel are used to hold the outside of the door panel in place. Care must be taken when removing the snaps so that the cardboard backing is not damaged. The snaps should be worked out with no pulling on the panel itself.
Remove the two screws located in the armrest with the Phillips screwdriver. This is the central support for the panel. Remove the screw in the front on the door handle using the Phillips screwdriver.
Remove the master window switch using the common screwdriver. Place the screwdriver gently into the rear of the switch and pry upwards. Lift the switch up and remove the electrical connector.
Remove the plastic V-shaped cover over the attachment point for the outside rear-view mirror. Use the common screwdriver to gently pry the cover off. It is held on with plastic snaps.
Remove the door panel using the common screwdriver. There are snaps on all three sides of the panel. Place the common screwdriver at the top of the panel in-between the door panel and the door. Slide the screwdriver down until it contacts the snap and pry the snap out of the recess in the door. Do the same to all the snaps.
Lift the bottom of the door panel outwards a few inches, then lift it up to release the top section of the panel from the horizontal bar. Remove the marker light electrical connector from the bottom rear of the panel.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Common screwdriver
Don Bowman has been writing for various websites and several online magazines since 2008. He has owned an auto service facility since 1982 and has over 45 years of technical experience as a master ASE tech. Bowman has a business degree from Pennsylvania State University and was an officer in the U.S. Army (aircraft maintenance officer, pilot, six Air Medal awards, two tours Vietnam).