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How to Remove a Door Panel on a Chevy Tahoe

by Chris Moore

There can be any number of reasons why you may need to remove the inner door trim panel on your Chevy Tahoe. You'll need to remove it if you have to work on components like the window or the door handle, which are contained within the door behind the panel. The exact procedure depends on exactly how your doors are set up; for instance, do they have power door locks and windows?

Unplug the battery's negative cable if there are any power locks and/or windows on the doors. Set this cable away from the negative battery terminal so it can't accidentally come into contact with it.

Pry the power switch out of the door with a flat-bladed trim tool and disconnect its electrical connector. If the door has a manual window, remove the window crank by inserting a window crank removal tool or other hooked tool behind the crank to detach its clip.

Disconnect all smaller trim panels by removing their screws with a Phillips screwdriver and/or prying them off with the trim stick. This should include the triangular panel covering the mirror's mount, the trim surrounding the inside door handle and the trim that surrounded the window power switch (this panel will have electrical connectors to unplug).

Remove the door panel's mounting screws with the screwdriver. There should be two mounting screws in between the inner door handle and the pull handle.

Pull the door upward and outward to disconnect it from its clips on the door and unplug any wiring harnesses behind it.

Disconnect any optional lights and switches in the door. This can include courtesy lights that are pried off and disconnected and heated seat switches you must pry off with the trim stick.

Tip

  • A plastic watershield is behind the trim panel. Peel this back to access the components within the door.

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About the Author

Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.

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