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    my sister has a saturn SL.. i think its a late 90's or early 2000's. she got speakers for christmas and now she keeps nagging me to install them. i figured i'd go at it blind. so i took the 5 screws i could find in the door out. still nothing budged. i i took out 3 alan-wrench screws, to no avail. there are more alan wrench screws on the metal part of the door but it looks to me like you can take the plastic interior door panel off somehow. does anyone know an easy way of doing this? thanks for any help!
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    I would have to been there to see what holding it up...Power windows? or crank? most GM panels have plastic "hooks" the lock into the steal..You need to pull up and push in( towards the door) to get it free...All else fails call a high end car sound shop and ask them..
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    crank windows. and on that note, i dont know how to get the crank off. i tried pushing the door in (very hard, as it is solid plastic) and i didnt see anything to detach it with. some people say theres a horseshoe clip holding it in, i didnt see it. also, once i do get that off, what about the door handle? seems that that will hold the panel on too. thanks for your help! if you need a picture i can take one!
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    my chilton's says you need a special tool to remove the retaining clip from the window crank, plus you need a trim panel tool to disconnect the retainers that hold the door panel to the door. the door handle, just remove the screw and slide the assembly towards the front of the car and you should be able to tip it out and remove the cables.

    it also gives very vague directions...some of the worst i've seen in the book

    personally, i'd just bevel cut the speaker grille and glue it back in later.
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    Like chicken said, you need the crank clip tool, any parts store should have it. Look in the "Help" section.

    No cutting on the panel needed...
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    and the trim panel tool!!

    (i would cut just to avoid paying for the tools but then again, i had best buy install the speakers for me)
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    oh how i'd love to just cut it all apart. unfortunately tis not my car. well then thanks very much for your help. i'll probably end up cutting off the window crank and tearing the panel off with brute force. the screws can hold the panel back in place after. and i can just put duct tape on the window crank. problem solved.
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    You could use a putty knife as the prying tool or a flat head screwdriver. As for the crank handle it's a little u shaped clip. You may be able to push it off with neddle nose pliers.
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    haha i got the door panel off. i kinda lost the window clip.... but thats ok.. it isnt my car. anyway. ive been slapped in the face again by that damn saturn. now it needs a special screw driver to get the speaker out. it shaped like a star. im told its called a torque screw. arghh. gonna have to pick one up at walmart. huzzah for cheap middle-eastern child labor.
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    "torx". get one of those multi-sized ones so other parts of your sister's car (like aiming the headlights) can be done
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