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How To Remove Rear Door Panel 00-05 Chevy Cavalier

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:34)
    • Remove the manual window crank with the window crank tool
    • Alternatively remove the retaining clip from the crank with a paper clip
    • Remove the window crank
    • Remove the two Phillips head screws inside the door pull
    • Remove the two Phillips head screw on the corner of the door panel
    • Pry out the door panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (2:45)
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the two Phillips head screw on the corner of the door panel
    • Tighten the two Phillips head screws inside the door pull
    • Push the retaining clip into the crank handle
    • Insert the washer onto the stud
    • Push the window crank into place

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In this video, we're going to show you how to remove a rear door panel on a 2000 Chevy Cavalier. It's the same operation on the left side and the right side and for many of the model years of the Chevy Cavalier. You'll need a Phillips head screwdriver as well as a door handle removal tool. If you don't have one, a paperclip will suffice. We'll show you how to make a tool of that.

Start by opening the rear door so that you've got access to the interior door panel. Next we need to remove the manual crank window handle if you have it, and this can be tough, so I want to show you before you get started with it. The clip that needs to come out, that's the black washer that goes around it. You need to feed your little paperclip that's bent at a right angle in and hook that clip and pull it out. Once you do that you'll be able to take the handle off. We're using that paperclip with a right angle bend just to maybe an 1/8 of an inch on it and we're doing the end, we're going in from the opposite end of the crank. You can see there and the goal is to get that hook in between the crank handle itself and the black plastic washer that you just saw. You need to push in on the door panel right around it and pull out on the handle while snaking in that little tool. Once you get a good hook on the end of that clip, give it a yank and it should come right out there releasing the window crank handle.

Here you can see part of that clip. I've been able to pull out now, I just need to use a pair of pliers and my fingers and pull the rest of it out. Now locate the four Phillips head screws, two in the door handle there and then two on the outer edge. I'll fast-forward as I show the removal of those four screws. Get your hands in behind the door panel, between the door panel and the door and give it a good pull. Break the clips free that are behind the door panel.

Going back in, you're going to line up the clips that are on the door panel into the holes that go into the door itself. You're going to start by making sure that the interior door handle goes through the hole there in the door panel, and then hang the top of the door panel on the sill. Once you've got that squared away, go ahead and give a couple of taps around the outside of the door panel so that it seats the plastic clips. Actually, we're going to reinstall those four Phillips head screws, and I'll fast-forward as I do that. Now reinstall the clip that goes into the window crank handle as you see here. Once you've got that in, place the black plastic washer back into the door panel before inserting the crank handle on. You see that I put that washer in there now and then put the crank handle on and give it a couple of taps. It should seat the clip onto the window regulator. Then you can go ahead and confirm that it's working with the window going up and down.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Paper Clip

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Window Crank Removal Tool


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