The "kick panel" is probably just the sort-of-triangular plastic panel
that's just ahead of the passenger's door, under the dash. It just snaps
off. There's nothing under there for the blower anyway, so you shouldn't
have to touch that.
You do need to remove the knee bolster, though.
What's wrong that you needed to pull the motor? They don't usually break.
It's usually the blower resistor that fails.
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