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Chevrolet Tahoe Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
How to take off the plastic interior door panels in a 2nd generation 2000-2006 GM Chevy Tahoe SUV with pictures.

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2006 Tahoe Door Panel
Pull Off Plastic Sail Panel
Sail Panel Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) GM Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in removing the plastic interior door panels in order to upgrade the OEM speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or change a broken power window motor.

Owners of other General Motors GMT800 series SUV or truck vehicles such as the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Avalanche, GMC Yukon, Sierra, Hummer H2 and the Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to remove the door panel include a flathead screwdriver, a plastic automotive panel removal pry tool, a 10mm socket, a 7mm socket, an extension bar, a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench and a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver.

Pry Out Door Lock Switch
Lock Switch Removed
Pry Out Trim Piece
The first two steps are to lower the power window all the way down and then open the door.

Move to the top inner corner of the door panel and gently pull off the triangular shaped sail panel.

Then gently pry out the plastic door lock switch with a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

Pry out the bezel trim piece that surrounds the door opener handle.

Door Opener Handle Trim
Pull Out Plastic Pop Rivet
Pop Rivet Removed
Set the plastic pieces aside in a safe place.

Move to the middle inner edge of the door panel and pry out the plastic pop rivet friction fastener.

Loosen 10mm Bolt
10mm Bolt Removed
Loosen 7mm Screw
Loosen the bolt located behind the door opener handle by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Remove the screw located behind the door lock switch by turning it counterclockwise with the 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

7mm Screw Removed
Screw Below Armrest
Long 7mm Screw Removed
Remove the longer 7mm screw located just below the arm rest by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the screws aside in a safe place.

Screw On Bottom Edge
Loosen 7mm Screw
7mm Screw Removed
Move to the bottom edge of the door panel and remove the 7mm screw by turning it counterclockwise.
Pry Off Plastic Screw Cover
Remove Torx T-20 Screw
T-20 Screw Removed
Pry off the plastic screw cover located at the middle of the outer edge.

Then remove the screw by turning it counterclockwise with a Torx T-20 star bit screwdriver.

Set the screw aside with its plastic cap.

Lift Door Panel Off Frame
Plastic Hooks On Back Side
Plastic Hook & Slot
The door panel is still held in place by plastic hooks on the back side inserted in to slots in the metal door frame.

Lift the door panel straight up to disengage the hooks.

Tilt the top edge of the door panel towards yourself while supporting the bottom edge with your legs.

Plastic Hooks
Step / Courtesy Light
Disconnect Black Plug
Disconnect the small black electrical connector by pressing the release tab before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.
Release Other Connectors
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Switch Panel Connector
Press the release tabs on the other electrical connectors on the underside of the switch panel before removing them.

The largest electrical connector has a tricky release mechanism.

Pivot the grey plastic locking tab away from the wires to unlock the connector.


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Release Grey Plastic Lever
Pull Out Electrical Connector
The lever was difficult to move so I had to use a screwdriver in order to pivot it back.
Door Step Courtesy Light
Press Release Tab
Disconnect Power Plug
Press in the release tab on the black plastic power plug for the courtesy step light located near the bottom of the door panel before sliding it straight out of its socket.
7mm Screw - Switch Panel
Metal Door Frame
Plastic Door Panel Removed
If you have trouble removing the electrical connectors of you'd rather avoid having to do all of those previous steps, you can remove the entire switch panel.

The switch panel is held in place to the door panel by a single 7mm screw on the underside near the front edge and a few plastic clips along the sides.

Set the plastic door panel aside in a safe place.

OEM Door Speaker
Hold Panel Near Frame
Push In Step Light Plug
The OEM door speaker is located at the bottom inner corner of the door frame.

To release the old speaker from the door frame, press down on the metal tab at the top edge and pull it straight out.

The OEM door speakers can be replaced with aftermarket speakers in the following sizes: 5 1/4" (5.25") and 6 1/2" (6.5").

I'd recommend purchasing new speakers from Crutchfield since they usually include any necessary wiring harnesses, electrical connector adaptors and / or mounting brackets.

If you'd like to reduce road noise, make your car quieter and improve the sound from your speakers, I'd recommend installing some Dynamat Sound Deadener on the metal door frame.

To replace the door panel, hold it near the door frame and tilt the top edge towards yourself.

Push in the small black plastic electrical connector for the courtesy step light near the bottom of the door panel.

Push in the other electrical connectors in to their slots on the bottom of the switch panel.

Line Up Hooks & Slots
Insert Hooks In To Slots
Door Panel On Frame
Line up the plastic hooks on the back side of the door panel with their corresponding slots on the metal door frame.

Lower the door panel down on to the door frame while guiding the plastic hooks in to their slots.

Re-Insert T-20 Screw
Tighten T20 Clockwise
Replace Bottom 7mm Screw
Re-insert the Torx T-20 screw at the middle outer edge of the door panel and tighten it in the clockwise direction.

Replace the 7mm screw at the bottom edge of the door panel by turning it clockwise.

7mm Screw Secured
Long Screw Under Armrest
Screw Behind Lock Switch
Replace the long 7mm screw under the arm rest by turning it clockwise.

Replace the short 7mm screw behind the door lock switch by turning it clockwise.

Pop In Door Lock Switch
Door Lock Switch Replaced
Re-Insert 10mm Bolt
Make sure that the door lock switch is in the correct position to line up with the metal bar behind it.

Gently pop the door lock switch back in to place.

Replace the 10mm bolt behind the door opener handle and tighten it in the clockwise direction.

Push In Plastic Pop Rivet
Push On Screw Cap
Push On Door Handle Trim
Push in the plastic pop rivet friction fastener in to the hole at the middle inner edge of the door panel.

Push the plastic screw cap over the Torx T-20 screw at the middle outer edge of the door panel.

Gently push in the bezel trim piece around the door opener handle.

Line Up Sail Panel
Push On Sail Panel
Door Panel Replaced
Line up the friction fasteners on the rear of the sail panel and gently push it back in to place.

Sit inside the SUV, close the door and verify that the door opener handle, courtesy step light, door lock switch, power window switch and power door lock switches all still work properly.

For more, check out my other 2000-2006 GM Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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