Monday, August 29, 2011

How to remove door panel on Chevy Equinox?

The door panel is pried away from the door.

Start:

This Chevrolet Equinox has one screw and two hidden bolts holding the plastic door panel to the metaldoor shell.

Chevy Equinox 2005 inside view of door.

Removing side mirror cover, 2005 Chevy Equinox.But first the mirror cover had to be removed, by prying at the top of the cover to release the snap clip.

Then pull upward to unhook the bottom.

Using a small screwdriver release the tab holding the wire connected to the speaker mounted in the cover.Disconnecting speaker near side mirror, 05 Equinox.

Removing The Side View Mirror:

Disconnecting wiring for side mirror, Chevy Equinox.Using the small screwdriver again, remove the wire connected to the electric side view mirror.

Then with a 10mm socket remove the three nuts holding the mirror to the metal door shell.

Caution: Hold on to the mirror, if it falls it can cause damage to the outside of the door or the mirror.

Side view mirror fastener locations, 05 Equinox.

Side view mirror, Chevrolet Equinox.

View of the mirror after being removed.

Remove the Phillips screw from the inside Door latch cover.Removing door latch cover cup.

Removing door latch cover, Equinox.Then maneuver the cover off the handle.

You will find the hidden bolts under theargent molding that went across the plastic door panel.

Using a small prying tool start at front of molding at the bottom edge.

Removing argent trim molding, 2005 Chevy Equinox.

Prying away argent molding from door panel, Chevy. pry outward and work in the direction of the rear of the panel, releasing the snap clips one by one

start at the front because the molding hooks and clips in the rear.

View of back side of the molding:

The red arrows show where the molding hooks in.

Hidden door panel fasteners, 2005 Chevy Equinox.remove the two 10mm bolts from the inside pull handel area.

Using a rigid putty knife pry the plastic door panel from the metal door shell.

This door panel uses the old-fashioned snap-clips to hold the door panel to the door shell.

This style merely needs to be lifted upward (once the screws are removed).

Prying door panel away from door shell.


Then pull the plastic panel outward and upward from the metal door shell.

View of back side of plastic door panel.Back view of door panel, Chevy Equinox.

View of metal door shell with dust cover.

View with dust cover removed.

Inside of car door, 2005 Chevy Equinox.

Removing The Rear Door Panel:

The rear door panel has the same hidden bolts as the front door, but first the upper cover has to be removed.

Using a prying tool, pry on the plastic upper cover near the top to release the snap clip.

View of back of cover.

Then with a screw driver remove the screw from the inside door latch cover.

View of the back of the cover.

With a prying tool, start prying at the front of the argent molding.

Working front to back, apply pressure to release the snap clips.

Using a 10mm socket remove the two bolts from the pull handle area.

With a rigid putty knife release the snap clips holding the plastic panel to the metal door shell.

Pulling outward and upward remove the plastic door panel.

View of back of plastic door panel.

View of rear door shell with dust cover.


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