Passenger door panel removal

Tiny
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  • 1987 BUICK LESABRE
  • 3.8L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
Need to remove the door panel to replace window regulator (power window not working) but am stuck finding a way to so. Anyone have instructions?
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Monday, June 29th, 2020 AT 1:48 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

I attached pictures of what needs to be removed for the procedure.

I also attached the window motor for you if it is the issue.

The wiring diagram is attached as well in case you want to verify power to the motor.

Roy

REMOVE OR DISCONNECT
1. Switch plate (power window system) using a thin-bladed tool between armrest pad and switch plate to disengage retainer on switch plate from armrest.
2. Wire harness from switch on switch plate (power window system)
3. Screw at front of armrest pad to armrest base (power window system)
4. Armrest pad by pulling straight inboard.
5. Reflector (1) using a thin-bladed tool between reflector and armrest to disengage tabs on reflector from armrest.
6. Screw (2)
7. Screws (3)
8. Lower armrest cover (4)
9. Screws (5)
10. Armrest (6)
11. Window regulator handle if present.
12. Screw (7)
13. Inside handle escutcheon (8) by disconnecting wire connector (if present).
14. Upper trim panel
15. Screw (9)
16. Escutcheons (10) or ends of assist strap.
17. Screws(11)
18. Escutcheon (12)
19. Screws (13)
20. Retainer (14)
21. Trim panel (15), by disengaging fasteners on trim panel from holes in door inner panel using tool BT-7323 or equivalent between trim panel and door inner panel.

INSTALL OR CONNECT
1. Shoulder belt through slot in trim panel.
2. Trim panel (15), by aligning fasteners on trim panel to holes in door inner panel and engaging fasteners.
3. Retainer (14)
4. Screws (13)
5. Escutcheon (12)
6. Screws(11)
7. Escutcheons (10) or ends of assist strap (9).
8. Screw (9)
9. Upper trim panel
10. Inside handle escutcheon (8), making sure to connect electrical connector, if present.
11. Screw (7)
12. Window regulator handle if present.
13. Armrest (6)
14. Screws (5)
15. Lower armrest cover (4)
16. Screws (3)
17. Screw (2)
18. Reflector (1)
19. Armrest pad
20. Screw at front of armrest pad to armrest base (power window system).
21. Wire harness connector to switch on switch plate on armrest pad (power window system).
22. Switch plate to armrest pad (power window system).

WINDOW MOTOR

REMOVE OR DISCONNECT
1. Door trim panel
2. Water deflector
3. Window regulator and motor.
4. Motor from regulator using a 4.8 mm (3/16") drill bit, and drill out rivets holding motor to regulator.

INSTALL OR CONNECT
1. Motor to regulator using (3/16") rivets.
2. Window regulator and motor to door.
3. Water deflector.
4. Door trim panel.
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Monday, June 29th, 2020 AT 2:38 AM
Tiny
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Looks like i'm going to have to remove rivets.
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Monday, June 29th, 2020 AT 8:24 PM
Tiny
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That is correct.

You will need to drill out the rivets to release the regulator assembly.

Once they are removed, the assembly will come out of the door. You can either install new rivets if you have a rivet gun or use nuts and bolts to secure the regulator.

Roy
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 AT 3:49 AM
Tiny
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Removed three rivets and unplugged motor, but it just hangs there doesn't want to come out.
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 AT 4:01 PM
Tiny
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You may have to slide it around to get the roller off the other channel.

The picture had no light. You cannot see anything.

Roy
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 AT 4:07 PM
Tiny
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Okay, will try that. Yep, I can't see anything either. Nothing like taking apart a Honda Civic!
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 AT 4:10 PM
Tiny
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Simplicity at its best. Then the engineers got a hold of everything and took simple out of the equation.

Roy
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 AT 4:12 PM

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