How to Remove the Door Panels on SSRby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) was a unique blend of pickup truck and sports car, topped off with retro-styling. Edmunds.com called the SSR, "an anomaly in the automotive world." Under the SSR's unique skin, it was little more than a Chevrolet Trailblazer with a V8 engine. This includes the SSR's interior door panels, which are not much different to remove than in most other vehicles. The process of removing both door panels should take approximately 30 minutes.
Roll down the windows completely, and then unhook the negative battery cable with a pair of pliers.
Unscrew the door lock indicator knob (on top of the door panel). Pry off the plastic cup panel located behind the inside door handle. Open the door handle and slide the cup out.
Remove the 10mm bolt behind the inside door handle (it's visible with the cup panel removed). Pull the entire chrome door handle surround assembly off (it extends to the other side of the door panel).
Remove the two bolts on the door armrest with a 10mm socket (these bolts are visible with the chrome piece removed).
Insert the door trim tool between the door panel and the door skin. Push the tool back to release the door panel clips. Work your way around the panel's perimeter (except for the top).
Push the door panel straight up, and then away a few inches. Unplug the connection for the power mirror motor, and then pull the door panel off.
- Both door panels are removed using the same procedure. Use a plastic door trim tool to prevent scratching your interior panels.
Items you will need
- Door trim tool
- Socket wrench (10mm)