Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the rear door trims on a VE Commodore.

For removal of the front door trims, see our tutorial here.

Tools Required

  • TORX Driver Set
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

Intro

Before we start, the following image will show you what to expect.

  • The red circles signify basic clips which will be released when you pull on the door trim in Step 5.
  • The orange circles are flat clips which are somewhat difficult to remove. These will be released after the red clips.

Step 1

Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently pop off this cover.

Step 2

Remove this screw using a suitable TORX Driver.

Step 3

Remove the two screws located on the bottom of the door trim.

Step 4

Remove the two screws located under the handle.

Step 5

This step is the most difficult of the removal process.

  1. Pull firmly on the handle and base of the door trim to release all the RED clips.
  2. The door will now act as a hinge on the remaining ORANGE clips. Working from the outermost edge of the door, pry each clip off with a screwdriver or a firm pull. It is easy to access each clip by looking underneath the door trim.

Step 6

Release the lock mechanism by unclipping both yellow connectors.

Step 7

Each wire can now be pulled out of the lock mechanism.

Step 8

Unplug the wiring loom. The trim is now free from the door.

Finished

With the trim removed from the door we can see:

  • Standard clips (Red)
  • Flat clips (Orange)
  • Alignment pins (Green)

To reinstall simply reverse the process. If any clips remained attached to the door, be sure to remove them and re-attach to the trim piece before reinstallation.

7 comments on “Removing Rear Door Trims

  1. Paul Freestone says:

    Hello AutoInstruct,

    Excellent step-by-step, but I also wanted to remove the grab handles on the door cards of my SV6 (as per picture in Step 5) as two are damaged. However, they appear to be thermally welded with plastic rivets to the back of the door card. Is there a correct way to remove the handle from the door card, or is it possible to replace the plastic rivets with screws later (e.g. T20 tech screws as are in place at various points on the handle)?

    Cheers!

    Paul

    • Staff @ AutoInstruct says:

      Hi Paul, Thanks for the feedback! You’re correct, they’re plastic welded in position with no real ‘correct’ way to remove them. If you carefully remove them (cutting or un-welding with heat) you might be able to screw them back into position. Alternatively seek an automotive trimmer to re-trim the handles without the need to remove them. Plastic welding companies may also assist.

  2. Chris says:

    Hi there I followed your instructions but when I refitted the door trim the door will not open using the inside handle. I checked everything again and it all seems correct so I’m kind of stumped. Have you got any advice?

    • Staff @ AutoInstruct says:

      Hi – Check and reverse Steps 6 and 7 as as it sounds like these have not been reattached to the door trim correctly.

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