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Old 01-21-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Door panel removal help

Can anyone point me to instructions on how to remove a door panel on a '08 Outlook? It seems with the cold weather that the door speakers will not work. I get sound from the tweets in the pillars and after driving around for a while the door speakers might come back on. I think I may just replace the door speakers, or at least check them out, but I need to know how to get the door panels off.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:32 PM   #2
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You may or may not find a procedure but let me give you some general hints as most inner door panels are the same.
1. buy a crowfoot tool. Every home mechanic should have one in their tool box because if you work on cars, door panels have to come off to change window regulators, glass and of course your issue, a pesky speaker problem.

2. Door panels are designed to obscure screws. Screws are generally under trim that is X-mas treed to the door frame and panel. You need to pop trim off the panel for access. Normally there are plugs or trim around the inner door handle where closure forces are the highest when yanking on the door handle to close these heavy doors.

3. Use a crows foot tool and a good flashlight and check around the periphery of the panel. Normally it is best to first remove all the trim and screws that hold the middle part of the trim to the door before prying up X-mas tree fasteners around the door edge. The top edge is tongue and groove and so when everything is loose push up to disengage.

Nose around some youtube videos for general hints. Again most are similar.

Hopefully somebody on the forum has the service manual and will post some jpegs of your exact vehicle.

Good luck.

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Old 01-23-2014, 01:11 PM   #3
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Thanks.

I should have mentioned that I have successfully removed door panels off my Chevy HHR. I guess with both vehicles being GM products, the removal should be similar. I asked about the Outlook so I wouldn't miss anything.
btw, those x-mas tree fasteners are a PITA.

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Thanks.

I should have mentioned that I have successfully removed door panels off my Chevy HHR. I guess with both vehicles being GM products, the removal should be similar. I asked about the Outlook so I wouldn't miss anything.
btw, those x-mas tree fasteners are a PITA.
Honestly...not too bad at all. Stacatto force dislodges them better than dull force. Below is the knife of choice for me. Pop.
Can also wrap the tool in plastic tape for other interior trim. Very handy tool. Yes, occasionally a X-mas tree push in fastener will break. Stop by the dealer on the way home from work and pick up a couple.
Good luck.
PS: I will tell you what are a bonefide PITA....window regulators. Some are not only a PITA but a serious PITA. Be very careful if changing one and read the service manual precaution. They have been known to take off a finger or two if proper precautions aren't met. Like giant scissors. On the little Saturn SC2 for example the 'exterior' door panel comes off for access.
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