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How To Remove Front Door Panel 07-13 GMC Yukon Denali

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:45)
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with a 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Pry off the trim piece on the door lock knob
    • Remove the door lock knob
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the mirror base trim piece
    • Remove the Phillips 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips two 10mm bolts inside the door handle
    • Pry up the switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the switch panel
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Pry off the black clips from the water shield
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle
  2. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (4:47)
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the door lock knob into place
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts into the door pull
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt into the door handle
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the switch panel
    • Push the switch panel into place
    • Push on the mirror base trim piece
    • Connect the negative battery cable

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In this video, we're going to show you how to remove a front door panel on this 2007 Yukon Denali. It's the same procedure for a Yukon Denali, as well as the Sierra Denali, and the Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, and Suburban LTZ models. The only tools you'll need are a small flat blade screwdriver, a regular flat blade screwdriver, a door panel clip tool, and a 10mm socket and ratchet with an extension.

Disconnect the battery. You want to open up the driver's door, the hood release lever as a safety latch, move it to the right, and then lift the hood up. The battery is near the rear of the engine compartment on the passenger side with a 10mm nut on top of the negative battery cable. We'll loosen that 10mm nut, pull the battery cable up and off, and then put it to the side so it won't contact the terminal again.

Open up whichever door you want to remove. There's a little square clip on the door lock that you want to pry out with a small flat blade screwdriver. Then use a small flat blade screwdriver to pry that panel out. Then there's a little panel in behind the door handle that you pry out. This is the same for either front door, and then you'll see there's a 10mm bolt there and two behind the door pull. Use the small flat blade screwdriver, pry out that square clip, pull that up and off, and then use a rag to help protect the paint and pry out the triangle that's at the top of the door. It pulls straight off, and then use a 10mm socket and ratchet with an extension and remove the three bolts. Use a screwdriver and a rag just to protect the door panel. Pry up on the switch panel, work your finger underneath, and pull it straight up. You pull it some, and then pry up in the front. The clips are located right at the front and right at the rear, and the harnesses are all connected with a connector that has this little tab that you press. Pull the connector down and out. You need to release the clips that hold the panel in. I've got a door panel clip tool and a rag again to protect the paint.

Work the panel clip tool underneath and around the clip, and then I'm going to put the screwdriver between the clip and a rag and pry out on the clip tool. You can hear it pop the clip out and I'll just repeat that. I usually try and get the first four on the back side and once you get those, then you can usually work your hand underneath to a point where you can feel where the clip is, and then pull firmly, and you'll release the clips. If your door panel has never been removed before, you'll need to remove the water shield from the door panel. There's a black clip, you can see there, that I'm trying to pry out. There are usually three or four of these on each panel, so you try and pull the clips out, or you can pull on the water shield and either pull the clip out of the same time or pull the water shield from around clip. Again, there's usually three or four of these on each panel. If your door panel has already been off though, a lot of times, they've already been removed. Now, pull the door panel up and out, and it's connected with the door handle cable. Looking in behind, there are couple of tabs that hold the handle cable in to the clip. Release the tabs, and then you can pull the cable out, and then out in the ball like that, and your door panel is separated.

To reinstall, there are two larger clips at the bottom that you put into the door, and it will support the door panel while you reinstall the cable. Insert the ball of the cable into the handle, and then move it around and clip it into place. Make sure that you pull up all the harnesses through the opening. Then you lift the door panel up and push it back and down onto the window ledge clip. The entire top of the door goes in the clip, and then once you have the window ledge secured, then lock in the clips all the way around. Make sure you pull the door lock up and put the door lock knob back in. Slide it down on there, and then push the clip. Put the mirror insulator back in place. I like to load bolts into the socket and then put them into place. I'll just fast-forward here as I put all three of them in and tighten them up. Put the triangle back in place, the panel behind the door handle, and the panel behind the door pull. All the harnesses are color-coded and they only plug in one way. Re-plug those in, and then put the switch panel back in place. Reconnect your battery, then you should be all good to go. Put the negative battery cable back on the post, and 10mm socket and ratchet, and extension, and tighten it up.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

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