How to Remove the Inside Door Panel From a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero

by Jody L. Campbell
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Between different years, makes and models of vehicles, removing the door panel is somewhat of a standardized task. However, each vehicle has its unique construction and is characterized by slight differences in style. The 2002 Oldsmobile Alero is no exception to the rule. While the door panel snaps to the door frame (much like in all other GM models), the placement of the retaining screws is different. You have to remove the door panels to replace windows, window motors, window control modules, speakers or powered side-view mirrors.

Step 1

Remove the plastic trim panel near the door handle from the interior door panel using an angled trim tool to unseat it from the door panel.

Step 2

Remove the two retaining screws revealed after the removal of the trim panel using the Phillips screwdriver.

Step 3

Pry the red reflector cover off the outside edge of the door panel using the trim panel tool to unsnap it from the door panel.

Step 4

Remove the retaining screw from the door panel that is now revealed by the removal of the reflector cover.

Step 5

Use the angled trim panel tool to unsnap the retaining pins that secure the door panel to the door frame. Start along the bottom of the door panel and then work your way up both sides.

Step 6

Lift the door panel upward off the door frame a few inches. Reach behind and then disconnect any wire harness connections to the window control module and powered side-view mirrors, if applicable.

Step 7

Remove the door panel from the Alero and set it aside in a safe area where no damage will occur to it.

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