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Chevrolet Silverado Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the interior door panels of a 2nd generation 2007 to 2013 GM Chevy Silverado 1500 with pictures.

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2013 Silverado Door Panel
Trim Piece Below Arm Rest
Pry Out Trim Cover

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in removing the interior door panels. (The door panels were slightly changed in 2010, but the steps should be similar for all model years.)

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, Chevy Colorado, Avalanche, Express, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Malibu, Impala, SS, Camaro, Corvette, Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a small flathead screwdriver, a pair of needle nose pliers and a 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench. To remove the OEM door speaker, you'll need a 7mm socket. The power window motor bolts are also 10mm.

Trim Panel Removed
Two 10mm Bolts
Door Opener Handle Trim
The door panel is held in place by 5 bolts and some plastic friction fasteners.

First use the small flathead screwdriver to gently pry out the trim piece just below the arm rest and the horizontal door pull handle.

Then pry out the trim piece behind the door opener handle and set them both aside in a safe place.

Trim Piece Removed
Lift Up Door Lock Stalk
Pry Out Locking Tab
Move to the upper outer corner of the door panel and lift up the door lock/unlock stalk.

Pry out the small rectangular locking tab at the bottom of the plastic door lock stalk cap.

Lift the door lock stalk end cap straight off and set it aside with the other trim pieces.

Slide Door Lock Off
Remove 10mm Bolts
Door Opener Handle Bolt
Remove the single bolt from behind the door opener handle with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench by turning it counter clockwise.
Remove Door Pull Bolts
10mm Bolt Removed
Remove 2nd 10mm Bolt
Remove the two bolts below the arm rest and horizontal door pull handle with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Set all the bolts aside in a safe place with their corresponding trim pieces.

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Pry Off Door Handle Trim
Trim Piece Removed
Then pry off the trim cover on the vertical door pull handle with a small flathead screwdriver.

Pry at the bottom edge of the cover and then gently pull it off.

Two More 10mm Bolts
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Remove Both 10mm Bolts
Remove the two bolts behind the trim cover with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench. You may need to use an extension bar to reach the bolts.

Pull off the vertical door handle and set it aside.

Remove Door Handle
Pry Off Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed
Move to the upper inner corner of the door panel and gently pry off the sail panel.

(Some Silverado models contain a tweeter speaker inside the sail panel.)

Pop Off Bottom Edge
Pull Out Friction Fasteners
Gently Lift Panel Up
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel, carefully insert a flathead screwdriver or an automotive trim panel removal tool, and gently pop out the friction fasteners.

Continue pulling on the bottom and sides of the panel to disengage all of the white plastic friction fasteners.

Lift the panel straight up off the door frame and lean it towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your thighs.

Power Connectors
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Press Release Tabs
Press the release buttons on the power connectors for the power windows and power door locks before sliding them straight out of their sockets.
Slide Out Power Plugs
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Pop Out Switch Panel
If you have trouble disconnecting the power plugs from the back side of the door panel, you can pop out the switch panel first.


Switch Panel Removed
Release Power Connector
Switch Panel Unplugged
Once the switch panel is removed from the arm rest, you can press the release button on the power plugs and slide them out of their sockets.
Door Opener Cable
Prongs On Plastic Collar
Squeeze Together Prongs
The last thing connecting the door panel to the frame is the cable for the door opener handle.

Use a pair of needle nose pliers to gently squeeze together the two prongs on the plastic collar at the end of the cable.

Pull Out Plastic Collar
Swing Out Cable
Metal Ball Removed
Pull the plastic collar out of the bracket, swing the cable out and lift the metal ball at the end straight out of its socket.
Front Door Panel Removed
Set Aside Interior Door Panel
OEM Door Speaker
Set the door panel aside in a safe place.

To upgrade the OEM door speaker, you'll need a 7mm socket with a ratcheting wrench.

7mm Screw At Top
Pull Out Door Speaker
Remove Power Connector
Remove the single screw at the top of the OEM door speaker with a 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench by turning it counter clockwise.

Pull the speaker straight out of the door frame. Press the release button on the power connector and slide it straight out of its socket.

The door speakers of a 2nd generation Silverado can be replaced with either 6.5" (6 1/2") or 6.75" (6 3/4") aftermarket speakers. I'd recommend purchasing new speakers from Crutchfield since they always seem to include any necessary brackets or power plug adapters.

Power Window Motor
Hold Door Panel Near Frame
Insert Metal Ball In Socket
To replace the door panel, first hold it near the door frame and angle the top towards yourself while supporting the bottom with your thighs.
Metal Ball Re-Inserted
Pop Collar In To Bracket
Arm Rest Panel
Re-insert the metal ball at the end of the door opener cable in to its socket.

Swing the cable towards yourself and pop the plastic collar in to the bracket.

Plug In Power Connectors
Snap Switch Panel In Place
Replace Power Connectors
Pull the power cables through the hole in the door panel.

Push the power plugs straight in to their corresponding sockets until they click securely in to place.

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Line Up Pop Rivets
Hang Panel On Frame
Double check that all of the electrical connectors have been replaced.

Hang the top part of the panel on to the door frame and line up the white plastic friction fasteners with their corresponding holes. Make sure that the door lock stalk goes through its cut out at the upper outer corner.

Push In Friction Fasteners
Tap At Bottom & Sides
Push On Sail Panel
Gently push the friction fasteners at the bottom and sides of the door panel in to place.

Then tap all along the door panel to fully seat the friction fasteners.

Line up the sail panel and push it back in to place.

Slide On Door Lock Stalk
Lower Door Lock Stalk
Push Locking Tab In
Slide the door lock stalk end cap back in to place and push the small rectangular locking tab in.
Line Up Door Handle
Replace 10mm Bolts
Push Panel Against Frame
Line up the vertically mounted door handle and insert the two 10mm bolts.

Tighten the two bolts with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench by turning them clockwise.

Tighten Both 10mm Bolts
Line Up Trim Piece
Gently Snap Cover In Place
Line up the plastic trim piece over the vertical door handle and gently snap it back in to place.
Replace Arm Rest Bolts
Snap In Arm Rest Trim
Replace the two bolts below the air rest and horizontally mounted door pull handle.

Tighten them with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Push the trim cover back in place over the two bolts.

Door Opener Handle Bolt
Snap Trim Piece In Place
Door Panel Replaced
Replace the bolt behind the door opener handle and tighten it with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Push the small rectangular trim piece back in place over the door opener handle bolt.

For more, check out my other 2007-2013 Chevy Silverado Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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