GM Grand Am/Achieva/Calais/Skylark/Somerset 1985-98

Door Panels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-91 Vehicles

See Figures 1 through 13

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Fig. Fig. 1: Lift out the inner sealing strip



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the belt opening escutcheon



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Fig. Fig. 3: Unfasten the retaining screws located on the side of the door trim panel



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Fig. Fig. 4: Some retaining screws are "hidden" by covers which must be removed to access the screw



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Fig. Fig. 5: Unfasten the door pull handle retaining screw

  1. Remove the inner belt sealing strip usually held in by screws and clips.
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  3. If necessary, remove the outside mirror escutcheon and seat belt opening escutcheon.
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  5. Detach the escutcheon located on the top of the door panel.
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  7. Unfasten the side trim panel-to-door pillar retaining screw(s).
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  9. For the Grand Am, remove the armrest.
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  11. Remove the two retaining screws located on the bottom of the door panel.
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  13. Unfasten door pull handle retaining screws, then remove the handle or escutcheon as applicable.
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  15. If equipped, detach window crank handle using special remover tool.
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  17. Detach the electrical connections to the door handle escutcheon and/or locking knob (if equipped).
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  19. If not already done, remove the door handle escutcheon.
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  21. Unfasten the retainers, then remove the retractor cover.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Unfasten the armrest retaining screw, then ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... remove the door inside pull handle escutcheon



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Fig. Fig. 8: Use the special tool to remove the clip behind the door handle



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Fig. Fig. 9: Note the tool pushed the clip up far enough to remove the handle

  1. Separate the trim panel from the door by disengaging the fasteners on the trim panel from the holes in the door inner panel using door panel removal tool no. J 24595-C or equivalent. Pull door panel outward to separate studs from the retainers.
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  3. Slide seat belt through slit in bottom of trim panel.
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  5. Lift up on bottom of trim panel to disengage the door panel hooks from the slots.
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  7. Detach any electrical connectors to switches on the door panel.
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  9. Remove the trim panel from the vehicle.
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To install:


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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the panel around the lower portion of the door ...



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Fig. Fig. 11: ...and slip the seat belt out from under the panel



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Fig. Fig. 12: Pop the rest of the door panel from the door



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Fig. Fig. 13: Don't forget to detach any electrical connections from the trim panel

  1. Attach any electrical connectors to switches on the door panel.
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  3. Slide the door panel hooks into the slots and push down to engage.
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  5. Slide the seat belt through the slits in the door panel.
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  7. Align the studs to the retainers and push inward so the clips engage.
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  9. Replace all of the screws that were removed. Install the reflector.
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  11. Install the inside pull handle and window crank handle.
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  13. For Grand Ams, install the armrest.
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  15. If necessary, install the outside mirror escutcheon and seat belt opening escutcheon.
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  17. Install the inner belt sealing strip.
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1992-95 Vehicles

See Figure 14

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Fig. Fig. 14: There are two methods for removing the window regulator handle

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Unfasten the door trim panel screws.
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  5. For the Grand Am only, remove the manual lock rod.
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  7. For the Achieva and Skylark, remove the reflector using a suitable prytool the carefully detach it.
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  9. Remove the door inside handle escutcheon by pulling out at the bottom and disengaging the top of the escutcheon from the door inside handle. Detach the wiring harness, if necessary.
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  11. For the Achieva only, remove the power window switch escutcheon.
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  13. Remove the door lock switch and escutcheon.
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  15. Unfasten the door mirror escutcheon.
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  17. Using a suitable prytool, remove the seat belt escutcheon by carefully prying at the inboard edge.
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  19. If equipped, remove the window regulator handle by using tool J 9886, or equivalent, to free the spring clip.
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  21. Detach the door trim panel fasteners, then remove the panel hooks from the door inner panel. Detach any necessary electrical connectors.
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  23. Carefully remove the door trim panel from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Route the seat belts and the door lock harness through the trim panel. Attach any necessary electrical connectors.
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  3. Position the door trim panel to the door. Fasten the trim panel hooks to the door inner panel.
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  5. Install the door trim panel fasteners.
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  7. Fasten the door mirror escutcheon, then, if applicable, install the manual window regulator.
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  9. Install the door lock switch and escutcheon.
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  11. For the Achieva only, install the power window switch escutcheon.
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  13. Attach the electrical connector, then install the door inside handle escutcheon.
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  15. For the Achieva and the Skylark, install the reflector.
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  17. For the Grand Am only, install the manual lock rod knob.
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  19. Secure the assembly using the door trim panel retaining screws.
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  21. Connect the negative battery cable.
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1996-98 Vehicles See Figure 15

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Fig. Fig. 15: Door panel mounting detail

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety purposes.
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  3. Remove the front upper trim panel. Pry at the side of the panel to disengage the tabs, and carefully pull rearward.
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  5. Remove the power door lock/window switch from the door panel. After removing any screws, carefully pry upwards on the switch bezel, and unplug the electrical connectors.
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  7. Disengage the manual lock knob by pulling outward to disengage it from the rod.
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  9. Remove the door inside handle escutcheon.
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  11. Carefully pry the reflector from the door panel.
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  13. If equipped, remove the window regulator handle. Refer to the illustration.
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  15. Remove all screws from the door panel, including those behind the reflector, and under the armrest.
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  17. Using a suitable tool, disengage the door panel clips from the door.
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  19. Carefully remove the door panel from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Note the relationship of the hooks and clips on the door panel. Carefully place the door panel on the door, making sure the upper and lower hooks are engaged.
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  3. Press inward on the clips on the door panel, making sure they snap into position.
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  5. Install all screws to the door panel, including those behind the reflector, and under the armrest.
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  7. If equipped, install the window regulator handle.
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  9. Snap the reflector onto the door panel.
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  11. Install the door inside handle escutcheon.
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  13. Engage the manual lock knob.
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  15. Plug in the window switch/door lock panel, and snap it into position on the door panel. Install any retaining screws.
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  17. Install the front upper trim panel.
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  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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