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How to remove door handle on hyundai santa fe

A door panel removal tool works best, but if you have a stiff putty knife about 4" long and 1 1/4" wide it will work if you are careful. Start at the bottom of the panel and work your way around. Insert the blade all the way in between the panel and the door with the edge of the blade right next to the plastic fastener. Then pull the tool handle away from the door slowly. It will take a bit of pressure to get the first one or two clips to release.

The other steps I follow to remove this panel are as follows:

1. Remove the screw in the trim behind the door handle and then remove the trim piece.

2. Remove the door release cable from the handle.

3. Remove the door handle mounting bolts and then remove the handle.

4. Remove the three door panel mounting screws: 2 on the back edge of the panel and 1 in the door pull cup.

5. Separate the panel edges from the door. (see above) Lift the panel up starting with the back edge first to free the top lip of the panel from the door.

6. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the switches and light. (You may need a very small flat blade screw driver to depress the locking tabs on the switch connectors.)

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First disconnect negative battery terminal.Underneath of armrest there is two screws, remove them, using small screw driver pry out armrest switch control plate and remove screw behind it, pry of the side mirror cover using wide putty knife. carefully start prying from the bottom of the door around going toward the top then lift the door panel over door lock knob. Carefully look under and disconnect all electrical connectors and remove the panel. Installation is in reverse order of removal!

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how to remove door panel from hyundai santa fe


A door panel removal tool works best, but if you have a stiff putty knife about 4" long and 1 1/4" wide it will work if you are careful. Start at the bottom of the panel and work your way around. Insert the blade all the way in between the panel and the door with the edge of the blade right next to the plastic fastener. Then pull the tool handle away from the door slowly. It will take a bit of pressure to get the first one or two clips to release.

The other steps I follow to remove this panel are as follows:

1. Remove the screw in the trim behind the door handle and then remove the trim piece.

2. Remove the door release cable from the handle.

3. Remove the door handle mounting bolts and then remove the handle.

4. Remove the three door panel mounting screws: 2 on the back edge of the panel and 1 in the door pull cup.

5. Separate the panel edges from the door. (see above) Lift the panel up starting with the back edge first to free the top lip of the panel from the door.

6. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the switches and light. (You may need a very small flat blade screw driver to depress the locking tabs on the switch connectors.)

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How do I get the inside door panel off, passinger side ? Door lock hangs up.


get a stiff thin putty knife to slide behind the panel...slide it next to an unseen plastic fastner and carefully pry up...fasteners are easily replaceable if need be. remove any visible screws first..But, try to lube the lock mechanisim first....good luck

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2000 buick lesabre need to take passenger side inside door panel off to fix electric windon


These panels are held on by clips, which often are damaged when the panel is removed. Carefully slide the blade of a stiff putty knife under the panel and gently lift and work your way aroung the panel to remove it.

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Driver side door mechanism


Can you open the door with the inside handle? If you can, the problem is probably a broken plastic fitting inside between the outside handle and the door latch. There are door panel removal tools available at your local parts store that look like short handled wide bladed pry bars. You could get by with a good stiff putty knife if needed. Take off the arm rest, window crank, and speaker grill if you have aftermarket speakers. Slide the door panel removal tool under the edge of the door panel and CAREFULLY pop the clips loose from the door frame. You could always leave the window open and do the "Dukes of Hazard" thing, but then you would have to change the paint scheme.

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