Those pesky door panel pop-out covers
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    The Wrench is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Those pesky door panel pop-out covers

    The '07-'09 door panels require popping out a little square plastic plug under the arm rest, and the bezel around the door handle. I'm sure there is a proper place and way to pry on them so the tabs don't break. The shop manual gives no clue. Anyone removed a door panel and knows the technique for getting these expensive little covers popped off?
    Probably slide a flat tool under the bottom edge, or the front edge, or the back edge; but who knows?

    Tks,
    DG

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    The Wrench is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Re: Those pesky door panel pop-out covers

    Well, no replies, but I went ahead and forged on.
    Thought I'd document my success here for future reference.

    This is for the '07-'09 front door panels, don't know about the earlier ones.

    1. The rectangle trim piece under the arm rest is held on by two tangs, in the center top and center bottom.
    Prying up at the center bottom with a flat putty knife popped it loose without damage. (whew, it's $25 new).
    2. The bezel around the door handle does NOT come off; there is a small piece in the handle recess about 2 inches square which pops out to reveal the screw behind it. Pull the handle open and wedge an angled tool in behind the piece, just in front of the edge of the door handle, and work to pop the piece straight out. It's held by 3 small tangs. I used a plastic trim tool with an angled end and just wiggled it around behind the trim piece a bit and suddenly it popped right out. (whew again).
    3. The rest is pretty straightforward; remove the screws that were just uncovered, and the lock knob, and start prying the snaps loose around the periphery with a plastic flat bladed trim tool (Harbor Freight). I had the best luck starting at the top and popping them out - there is no lip at the top that the panel fits over, like so many earlier GM cars had. The black triangle at the top front has a pop pin also; just be careful to bring it out along with the whole panel, it's screwed to the main panel on the bottom edge. (and it's mega-expensive).
    4. the electrical connections just automatically unplug as the panel is snapped out - cool.
    5. Reassembly was cake, as there are two long alignment pins, and no top lip to forced the panel over.

    Oh, I did this so i could check out the mirror mounting; got a bit of wind noise in that area. Filled a gap in the insulation rubber behind the mirror, maybe I fixed it.

    Cheers,
    DG

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