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

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

Created on: 2015-04-07

This video teaches you how to remove the rear door panel on your 07-13 Chevy or GMC SUV. 1A Auto makes it easy with step by step instructions.

  1. step 1 :Disconnecting the Battery
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with a 10mm wrench
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the trim piece on the door lock with a flat blade screwdriver
    • 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
    • Remove the 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Remove the 10mm bolt inside the door handle
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver and a rag
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Pry off the black clips from the watershield
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle
  3. step 3 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Push in the switch panel
    • Push on the lock knob
    • Insert the 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Insert the 10mm bolt inside the door handle
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door pull
  4. step 4 :Connecting the Battery
    • Connect the negative battery cable with a 10mm wrench

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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In this video, we're going to show you how to remove and reinstall the rear door panel on this 2007 Yukon Denali. Pretty much the same procedure for any Yukon SLT as well as the Denali and the Tahoe LTZ, and it's probably a similar procedure for the Suburbans, Yukon XLs, as well as the Sierra and Silverado crew cab trucks, with the LTZ, Denali, or SLT trim. You're going to need small and regular flat blade screwdrivers, a 10 mm socket with a ratchet and extension, and a door panel clip tool or putty knife.

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

Open up either rear door. The procedure is the same for both. You need a small flat blade screwdriver, and you'll pry out that square clip, pry out this panel under here, and I am just using one hand, so it does drop to the ground, one hand holding the camera, one hand working the screwdriver. Then there is also a little panel underneath here that you pry out. Once you have that panel out, it'll expose a 10mm bolt there, and then there's another 10mm bolt to remove down here.

Use a small screwdriver and pull up on the walk knob and pry that clip out, and it comes up and off. I'll fast-forward here as I remove those two 10mm bolts. Use a plastic trim tool or a rag and a flat blade screwdriver, and pry up on the switch panel. You kind of pry up in the center and then you pull it up and it locks. The clips are on the front and the rear. Once you get the center up, you just kind of work it into the front, and then work it into the rear. It comes up and off and then the harness just has a tab on it. You press the tab and unplug it.
Use a rag to protect your paint and a door panel clip tool, or you could use a putty knife, but you work either the tool or the knife in underneath the clip. You'll basically feel that you slide it through and you can feel the plastic clips, and then you pull out and release the clips, and I usually do this for two or three of the clips on the back side. Then you can work your hand underneath and release the rest of the clips.

Once the clips are released, you pull the panel up and off of the window ledge clip. If your door panel has never been off before, the water shield, the white water shield you can see is a black clip holding it to the door panel. There's probably three or four of these little black clips. You can see how you try to use the clip tool or a screwdriver to pry the clip out. Eventually, I just end up grabbing ahold of the clip and the water shield at the same time and pull them out. Again, you'll have to do this probably three or four times if your door panel has never been off before.

We'll need to undo the door handle cable clip. There's two little clips that hold the cable in. I'm just prying with a small screwdriver to release those clips. Here's a better shot of them as they come out. You pull it out and up out of the handle, and then the door panel comes right off. I do find one more of the clips that clip the water shield to the door panel and release it.

To reinstall the door panel, get it close, put the ball of the cable into the door handle, then pull the cable around, and clip it in. Move the panel close to the door, make sure that the harness comes up through, and then make sure that the door lock goes up through the hole there, and then you kind of lift the panel up and push the top on and set it down into that window ledge clip, and then you can kind of look in behind, make sure that the clips line up. Once you have everything lined up, then you can reset the clips.

Make sure that you pull the lock knob up and then put the lock trim on there. Set that, make sure you leave it unlocked, and then reinstall the two 10mm bolts that hold the panel in place. I'll fast forward as I do that. When you tighten these, tighten them up firm, you don't want to tighten them, though, and make sure you have the harness pulled up through, put the two trim pieces in place. The upper one, you want to put the rear end first and then snap the front end. It snaps in at the front first on me, so I have to pull it back out, and then put it in correctly. Again, the back towards the back goes in first, and then front snaps in, and then reconnect the harness and snap the switch panel down in place, and then do a little test.

Then reconnect your battery, then you should be all good to go. Put the negative battery cable back on the post and 10mm socket, ratchet, and extension, then 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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