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How To Remove Rear Door Panel 09-17 Chevy Traverse

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:37)
    • Pry off the triangular trim piece
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a 90 degree pick
    • Pry off the door pull handle trim piece with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw in the door handle
    • Remove the T30 Torx screws in the door pull
    • Start removing one of the clips by wedging a putty knife and door panel clip tool
    • Pry out the door panel clip with a flat blade screwdriver between the wedge
    • Pull off the rest of the door panel
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
  2. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (2:40)
    • Connect the wiring harness
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle and replace the clip
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the T30 Torx screw in the door handle
    • Insert the T30 Torx screws in the door pull
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Push on the door pull handle trim piece
    • Push on the triangular trim piece

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to remove and replace the rear door panel on this 2012 Chevy Traverse. We show you on the driver side, but the passenger side is a similar procedure. The items you'll need for this are a 90 degree pick, a T30 Torx bit and ratchet or T30 Torx driver, a door panel clip tool, a putty knife, and a flat blade screwdriver.

Start off by prying off this triangular panel. Then you want to remove the panel behind your door handle. To do that, use a 90 degree pick, stick it through that hole at the top of the panel, and then just pry out on the panel. Using a flat blade screwdriver, pry off the panel, and the door pull handle. Then remove these three T30 Torx bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Don does this.

Now, the clips on the back of these door panels are hard to get started, so what we do is we use a putty knife to protect the paint, then we stick a clip tool up along the putty knife onto the clip, and then, using a flat blade screwdriver, in between the two of them, you pry out and it will release the clip. Once you've got it started, reach up behind, and pry out on the clip.

You want to do this up the edges too, and then lift the door panel up and over the lock. Just pull it forward. The back of your interior door handle you'll see this cable. You want to just push it out of the bracket, and pull it up and out of the door handle. Down below it is this harness. Using a flat blade screwdriver, pry out this white clip. Then push the tab on the harness and pull it free.

Now, to reinstall your door panel, reconnect that harness and then replace the white clip that locks it into place. Take your door handle cable, put it back into the door handle, and then push it back into the bracket. Hang your door panel panel up over the lock rod and down into the window sill. Now, look back behind the door panel and make sure the clips are lined up, and then hit them into place. Then we'll just fast-forward as he replaces those two T30 bolts in the pull handle and the one behind the door handle, and then replaces the pull handle panel and that small panel behind the door handle. Then you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife
  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Bit
  • T30 Driver


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