Door Panel Clips - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


2000-2005 Discuss your 2000-2005 Bonneville SE, SLE, and SSEi Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-07-2006, 07:44 PM   #1
IO
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Posts: 321
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
IO is on a distinguished road
Default Door Panel Clips

Stinken Son of a Gun! I get in my car yesterday and go to pull the door closed and it pulls out a bit from the frame of the door, not a lot but just enough to give a bit. I've never had the door panels off but I am assuming that the issue is a couple of the clips on the inside of the panel have broken. So my question is "how do I take to panel off without damaging anything and can I pick up the clips at say pepboys or some other autoparts place? Thanks as always!
IO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 09:20 PM   #2
jdq
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Hamilton, Ontario , Canada
Posts: 1,201
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
jdq is on a distinguished road
Default

Get them at dealer, door is pretty straight forward if you follow clips.You probably wouldnt have to take it all the way off if it just couple clips
jdq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: south central PA
Posts: 79
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Woody_02SilverSE is on a distinguished road
Default

There'* plastic barbed push clips around the outside of the door, but behind the door handle itself there are 2 steel clips. I am sure they make better tools for this, but to pop all the clips loose, a plastic putty knife with the tapered edge works great to get started. I use a flat steel bar jammed in between the door panel and putty knife to pop the first couple loose. That helps avoid marking the paint up. Once you get a couple loose you can work your way around popping the rest loose with your hands. There are some pictures in this PDF that show them:
http://www.focaltechinc.com/josh/bon...r_leak_fix.pdf
Woody_02SilverSE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 12:34 PM   #4
IO
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Posts: 321
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
IO is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Woody_02SilverSE
There'* plastic barbed push clips around the outside of the door, but behind the door handle itself there are 2 steel clips. I am sure they make better tools for this, but to pop all the clips loose, a plastic putty knife with the tapered edge works great to get started. I use a flat steel bar jammed in between the door panel and putty knife to pop the first couple loose. That helps avoid marking the paint up. Once you get a couple loose you can work your way around popping the rest loose with your hands. There are some pictures in this PDF that show them:
http://www.focaltechinc.com/josh/bon...r_leak_fix.pdf
Thanks I'll give it a try.
IO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 02:02 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Custom88 is on a distinguished road
Default

The safest way I have found to remove the door panels is to use my hands, and no tools.. For the first clip, I slid a screwdriver in to gently pry the panel from the door just enough to slip a finger or two in there, then I work my way around the panel pulling on the panel when I would encounter a clip.. I've never broken a thing yet, and the panel removal went MUCH more smoothly than when I was trying to use a tool to remove the panel.
Custom88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 10:25 PM   #6
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Groton, CT _NEBF 05, 06, 07_
Posts: 2,703
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
markwb is on a distinguished road
Default

You will also need to apply slight upward pressure on the trim panel as you work the perimeter clips out. There is a blind clip (arm rest pull cup retainer) at the area of the arm rest that will come off with the trim panel. You will need to remove that with needle nose pliers from trim panel & reinstall in plastic retainer nut on door frame prior to reinstall of trim panel. It will make more sense once you see it.
markwb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2006, 05:09 AM   #7
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Clovis, CA
Posts: 851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
MACDRIVE is on a distinguished road
Default

I use two thin putty knives - one on each side of the pin - then twist the knives rotating the left one counterclockwise and right one clockwise - POP!!! - there goes one. For the hidden steel clips in the middle - just pull the panel straight up after you pop the pins. Watch out for wire connectors.
MACDRIVE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2006, 05:54 AM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Clovis, CA
Posts: 851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
MACDRIVE is on a distinguished road
Default

The dealer charges $4 a piece for them. I found the OEM supplier for GM which is Au-ve-co. I special ordered mine through Frontier Fasteners in Fresno, CA. 559-485-2658 for $1 a piece. They only come in a box of 10. There'* 2 different sizes on each door. The back doors take 7 each (5 short and 2 long). The front doors take more (not sure how many).

Au-ve-co #19758 (short pin) Box of 10

Au-ve-co #20244 (long pin) Box of 10

http://www.auveco.com/
MACDRIVE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2006, 06:02 AM   #9
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Clovis, CA
Posts: 851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
MACDRIVE is on a distinguished road
Default

Special door panel removal tool.

MACDRIVE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2006, 04:20 PM   #10
IO
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Posts: 321
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
IO is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for all the input. You've all been a great help. Thanks
IO is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trim Panel retaining clips. Where can i get em raptor660 Detailing & Appearance 19 03-26-2010 04:45 PM
Repaired Window Regulator looking for door panel clips hawkjet 2000-2005 13 04-10-2008 08:21 PM
Door panel clips Custom88 2000-2005 4 01-17-2007 12:46 PM
Trim/panel clips? Goo551 Detailing & Appearance 10 10-13-2005 08:11 AM
Door Panel Clips Lowrider0308 1992-1999 4 02-27-2005 04:49 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:40 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.