Step 2: Using the 8mm wrench, disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable.
Step 3: Pry and remove the small trim panel just beneath the interior door pull.
Step 4: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2) exposed by removing the trim panel in Step 3.
Step 5: Pry and remove the trim panel near the side mirror mount. Disconnect the wiring harness (1), if necessary.
Step 6: Pry and remove the courtesy light reflector. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1).
Step 7: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), pry and separate the door panel from the door frame.
A series of retaining clips secures the panel to the door frame. By sliding your tool between the panel and the frame, you can slide along until you feel one. When you do, pry outward. You should hear the clip "pop" as it disengages. Repeat this process around the edge of the entire panel.
Step 8: You can now LIFT and remove the interior door panel.
Step 9: Disconnect the wiring harnesses (4) from the back of the interior door panel.
Step 10: The door panel should now be completely free of the vehicle.
Step 11: To reattach the interior door panel, simply reverse the removal process.
Be sure to reconnect the wiring harnesses (4) to the back of the panel. You can then SLIDE it onto the door frame. With a FIRM (but not too firm) strike near each retaining clip, you should hear it "snap" back into place. Tighten all Phillips screws, and reattach all necessary trim panels.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999 Oldsmobile Alero Front Door Panel (Interior) Replacement Instructions