* Basic Mechanic's Tools
* Phillips screwdriver
* Flat screwdriver
* Flat pry tool
Removing the door panel on the Chevrolet Cobalt is fairly easy except for disconnecting the cable attached to the inside door latch.
The door release latch is attached to the back of the door panel, so it will be disconnected at the last step.
Behind the inside door latch is a cover.
At the top of the cover is a small notch. use a small flat screwdriver to pry the cover off.
Now the screw behind the cover is exposed.
Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw holding the latch area to the metal door frame.
Even though the door release cable is disconnected at the last step, you still have to remove this screw.
Caution: The latch cannot be removed from the plastic door panel from the outside.
Use a pry tool and released the clip holding the top of the mirror cover from the metal door frame (green arrow).
Caution: The mirror cover is attached to the door panel and can only be removed with the door panel.
Next remove the inside door pull handle.
Use a small flat screwdriver to remove the cover at the bottom of the pull handle.
With a Phillips screwdriver, remove the two screws at the bottom of the pull handle.
Lifting the pull handle/switch assembly, slide it towards the rear and was able to release the front tab (red arrow) from the door panel.
Press the release clips on each of the wire connectors and pulled them out of the switch panel.
View of area with switch panel removed.
Using a flat pry tool release the snap clips separating the plastic door panel from the metal door shell.
Then lift the door panel up and over the door lock stem and lip of the metal door shell.
To remove the door release cable, pull the plastic cable sleeve from the latch.
Then remove the metal cable end from the door release handle.
Back view of plastic door panel.
View of metal door shell with dust cover.
The plastic sheet can be removed to reach parts inside the door, such as the power door lock or power window mechanisms.
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