How to Remove the Door Panel on Oldsmobile Aleroby Alibaster Smith
The door panel on your Oldsmobile Alero protects the power window and door lock module and various wiring from damage. If you want to work on any of the internal components of the door, you need to remove the door panel. To do this, you'll need a special tool, called a trim removal tool. This tool can be purchased at most auto parts stores and looks like a small crowbar. The exact procedure for the removal of the panel may vary according to the year of your Alero, but the process will generally be the same.
Pry the trim covers off of the door panel. There may be small trim covers on your model year Alero. These trim covers will always have small notches cut into the bottom or sides of the trim covers allowing you to pry them off with a small, flat head, screwdriver. The trim covers, if there are any, are located on the door handle and armrest.
Unscrew the screws behind the trim covers.
Wedge the tip of the trim removal tool behind the door panel and pry the panel off. The panel is always held in place with retaining clips on the Alero. You will need to work your way around the outside edge of the panel while you continuously pry up on the panel.
Items you will need
- Trim removal tool
- Screwdriver (phillips)
- Screwdriver (flat head)
- "Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero & Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Am Repair Manual 1997-2003"; Jay Storer, John H. Haynes; 2005