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> Door Panel Removal, Please Help the Noob!
Eclipse Novice
post Jan 6 2008, 07:12 PM
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How do you remove the door panel from a 2002 GS?

I've found a two panel screws plus one behind the latch handle. Does the thing just pop off and lift up or am I nissing other screws?

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eclipseman2
post Jan 6 2008, 07:31 PM
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You got all the screws i believe, but now around the edge of the panel there are little pop-rivet things.. start at the bottom of the door. Get your fingers in between the plastic panel and the metal door and pull out. If you cant fit your fingers in there, you can use something like a wall puddy spreader thing (haha im not actually sure what its called), just be sure to wrap the tool in fabric or something so you don't scratch up your door.

after that, just pull the entire panel up. It helps if you have the window down for this, but when you put the panel back on, i felt it easier if the window was rolled up a little bit. This helps line up the weather stripping that goes in between the glass and the door. Its kind of hard to explain, but once you get there, you'll know what i mean.

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post Jan 9 2008, 08:13 AM
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you can also pick up a tool that takes the panel off its rather handy because it will keep you from breaking the plastic pop-rivet's so that when you put it back on the panel wont be lose and rattle
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post Jan 9 2008, 09:47 AM
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If this tool is cheep, then hey.. ide go ahead and pick it up Eclipse Novice. But if its over $5, i wouldnt bother. Ive taken mine off many times (painting int. pieces, replaced window motor, replaced window bracket) and ive never had an issue with something not going back in correctly.

as with anything else, as long as you dont try to rush through it, youll be fine.
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post Sep 28 2008, 11:29 PM
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use the tool to pop out the consle where the window switch and lock switch are then disconnect the wires from the consle. Next after you take the screw out from behind the door handle pop the door handle thing out too. After that come the handle where you just pop the gray things off the top and bottom. Under there you will find a bolt and screw which you just take out. Then come the other two screw and wala it pops off. And there this nice stereo install kit at walmart for only $15 and it has the panel tool wire cutters a tester and other useful things.

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post Sep 29 2008, 08:42 AM
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Man my tool was $27.00 from Snap-On lol. It's already paid for itself though.
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post Oct 3 2008, 10:04 AM
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aww just remove the screws and inner door handle and rip that bitch off.... just make sure to unhook the inner door release
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