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How to Remove Door Panel 96-04 GMC Sonoma

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:46)
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips screw behind the door handle
    • Remove the door handle bezel
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts in the door pull
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (2:58)
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Push on the door handle bezel
    • Insert the Phillips screw into the door handle
    • Insert the two 7mm bolts into the door pull
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the window switch panel
    • Push the window switch panel into place

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to remove and reinstall the inside door panel on this 2003 GMC Sonoma, same as any 1998.2004 Sonoma. It's the same for vehicles that have power windows. Tools you'll need include flat blade screwdrivers (both regular size and small), a Phillips screwdriver, and either a door panel clip tool or a household putty knife would work as well.

Start by prying out the front of your switch plate. Kind of push back and pull up, it should come out. You want to use a screwdriver, on this one there's a tab right here you push. Okay, this gray one you can probably put your screwdriver right down in here and pry out. Here there's a tab, and then here there's a tab. We'll speed it up here as I disconnect those connections.

On the middle one, I believe, I did have to use two screwdrivers. I used one to kind of hold the little locking tab, and the other one to pry up on the connector and pull it off. Right behind your door handle, there is a Phillips screw, remove that. Then this bezel pulls out and unclips. You can bring it off the door handle.

Okay, there are two 7mm bolts underneath your door pull: one there, and then one right up in there. Okay, we'll speed up as I remove those two bolts. If you have a door panel clip tool, use that. A household putty knife works just as well too. Put the tool in the bottom, between the door and the door panel, slide it, find a clip, and pull it. If your door panel has been apart before they'll come off pretty easy. Okay, there is one right up here as well. Okay and the door panel comes right off.

To reinstall your door panel, just kind of get it in place. Make sure all your harnesses are through. Put it in up here and push the top. You want to push the top against the window and then down onto the door. Push the top on down. Okay, you might have to just kind of move it around a little bit, make sure the pins go in. Let's take our 7mm bolts and bolt them right up in there. Plug everything back in. The back kind of locks in first and the front goes down in.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

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