DIY, remove the front door panel on GMC Sonoma 1998-2004

Do it yourself, remove the front door panel on your GMC Sonoma, the car model made between the years 1998 and 2004. You will need flat blade and Phillips screwdrivers, a 7 mm socket wrench and a putty knife to do it. Removing and reinstalling the door panel on this car will most probably take you more than half an hour.

     After you open the front door, on the driver’s side, you can start by prying out the master window switch on the door. You should be able to lift it by hand, working on the side to the interior of the car first, as you can see below. If you find it difficult, use the tip of a flat blade screwdriver. After you pull up the switch, unplug the connectors behind it.

     Then, using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the screw located behind the door handle, as seen in the image below. Once you do it, you will be able to pull out the bezel around the handle.

     After you do that, you can look underneath the arm pull for the two 7 mm bolts, similar to the ones seen in the next picture. Remove them with the appropriate socket wrench.

     At the end, use a putty knife and insert it between the door panel and the door frame and pry out the panel, step by step. It is held at its edges by some retaining clips. Work on it until you release it from the door. Make the desired repairs and reinstall it, reversing the steps described above. This is all you need to do, if you wish to remove and reinstall the front door panel on your GMC Sonoma, the model produced between the years 1998 and 2004.

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