I'm looking for a schematic or something to show how to remove the sliding side door inside panel, allowing me access to replace the door handle assembly.
Have new assembly but afraid of tearing up the interior door panel.
How do I remove it correctly?
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Re: Replace side door handle assembly
Remove the snap ring from under the inside door handle and plate (a rag around the base of the handle and a left-right tug on the rag may loosen it, or look under it & pry the snap ring off with a small hook tool
Remove the door lock knob bezel; remove the screw & slide it rearward
Remove the door trim; Remove the two clips; slide a thin, flat wide tool under the panel and pry towards you, there are 8 clips to dislodge
Pull the door trim straight up once all of the clips are loosened.
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Close/wind up the window. Remove the inside door panel. Be careful with power window switch and door speaker wiring connectors. Disconnect them before pulling the door panel away. Remove any plastic covers that may be glued to the door. Have a look at the door handle from inside the door. You will have some idea as to how to remove it. Usually door handles are secured by screws from the inside. Locate and remove them. Remove linkages to the door handle then pull handle form outside.
for passenger side:
1. unclip screw cover 'center flap' of inside door opener plastic cover, flap is 3/8"x 3/8" (center of plastic cover)
2. remove phillips screw now showing
3. push fabric panel (edge of door opener plastic cover-at hinged end of chrome handle) to allow uncliping of edge of plastic cover (top rt & lwr rt (for passenger side) of plastic cover)
4. open chrome inside door handle to allow plastic cover to be removed-slide plastic cover toward rear, free end of door to remove cover
5. remove switch panel-gently pry with wide non maring pry bar (cover wide blade screwdriver using cloth) do rear of sw panel 1st (don't pry front edge)
6. slide switch panel toward rear to allow removal
7. remove large phillips screw under sw panel
8. remove the 2 plastic covers near top, hinge edge -use plastic spoon handles to encourage caps to pop off. May also require small screwdriver approx 1/8" in to complete pop off
9. remove the 2 phillips screws w/ captive washers
10. remove 3 phillips/hex screws along the bottom inside of door panel
11. on outside/rear edge of panel push the 2 center pins of each in about 1/8"-this allows the clip to be pulled out w/ pin pushed in
12. remove plastic cover (REAR OF SIDE MIRROR)-pull window edge up and back.
13. lift rear of door panel (not hinge edge) up allow hinge edge to pivot around lower pin in door (hinge edge)
14. remove the 2 rt edge "L" brackets (gently pry center plastic pin out) (note the color and replace as removed)
15. slowly peel the clear plastc away from the non hinged end to expose the plastic panel with 3 phillips head screws
16. remove the 3 screws and panel for access to door handle.
17. using access area now available unlatch the rod attached to exterior door handle (unclip plastic to rotate clip up to allow rod to slide out-toward hinged edge)
18. using access area now available remove rod from ext door handle from inside door area
19. remove the 3 -10mm head bolts
20. remove the ext door handle (bottom edge out first)
reverse order to replace door handle
you need to remove the inside door panel,, once inside you will see a plastic sheet covering the door, peel it down and away , they get very sticky so be ready for that ,, look inside the access hole, you will see the arms with the plastic tabs that hold them on the handle , those need to be removed, after that ,, look for the 2 screws that hold the handle on, remove those , and slide the handle out the outside of the door,, reverse this order to install the new one
nope, just wind the window down, remove screws around the arm rest, pull panel out from door releasing plastic retainers, slide panel up out of window seal, remove plastic door dust shield , wind window up and you will be able to access handle through the inside of door, remove latch rod clip from handle, remove two bolts that screw to handle and thats it. Of course replace in opposite procedure
Section 01-05: Trim, Interior
1997 Villager Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Trim Panel(s), Door
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301) if equipped with power locks or power windows.
CAUTION: Use care when removing the front door inside handle escutcheon (22620). Failure to do so can result in damage to the component.
Carefully pry off the front door inside handle escutcheon by inserting a standard 1/4 inch screwdriver between the top rear portion of the front door inside handle escutcheon and the front door trim panel (23942).
If equipped with manual windows, slip a clean shop rag between the window regulator handle (23342) and the front door trim panel.
Pull the shop rag back and forth to release the window regulator handle clip.
Remove the three cover caps and front door trim panel screws.
Remove the one front door trim panel capped screw from the door pull handle.
If equipped with power windows, remove the door pull handle. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
Slide a flat-bladed tool behind each of the retainers and twist the tool to disengage the front door trim panel from the front door (20124).
Remove the front door trim panel.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Body Side Removal
Gently pry loose the body side door latch handle bezel and remove it.
Slide a suitable tool behind each of the retainers and twist the tool to disengage the body side door trim panel from the body side door (24622).
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Door Electrical Connections Removal and Installation
Refer to Section 01-11 for Power Window, Section 01-09 for Power Mirror, or Section 01-14B for Power Locks.
Remove the Front Door Trim Panel . Refer to the removal procedure in this section.
Remove the front door watershield by carefully detaching it from the adhesive.
Install the front door watershield in the proper position and press firmly at the adhesive areas. If necessary, use additional adhesive to ensure an adequate seal.
Install the Front Door Trim Panel . Refer to the installation procedure in this section.
There are two ways to access it, you can remove the inside door panel, the window, and the window track and you will be able to access the bolts or you can skip removing the window and track and cut a small hole on the side of the door beside the handle and access the bolt through the hole.(assuming you mean the outer handle) If its the inside handle you would remove the inner panel and then if it has never been replaced before drill out the rivets holding the handle on.
Broken inside door handles are a common problem and there is not an easier way of fixing problem.drill out head of rivet with a 3/16 drill bit.Then slide handle assy. from panel.To install new handle attach the two rods you removed .Then slide new handle back into the slots and replace the rivet.
Your door should be held on with clips. Removing the panel is sometimes hard, just take a good WIDE flat head screwdriver, and whatever tool needed to remove the screws holding the panel on, and be careful. Check underneath the panel, by the inside handle, and the arm point for screws. Once removed, take your WIDE screw driver, and don't quite pry them off, more or less try to get it underneath and pull towards yourself. There is no real easy way, just try to be patient with it, and if you hit any binds, look for more screws, its just a matter of patience for sure.
Well, first you have to remove the outside door panel. To do this remove the door handle on the out side. Lift up the handle and look underneath. You will see 2 little round pins sticking in the handle. Take a small punch and push them up. The handle slides to one side and then off. Next you need a torx wrench to remove the 10 panel bolts located inside the door frame. I think it is a 40 torx. Once they are removed you can lift up on the door panel and remove. You can't get access anyother way. Inside door cover can only be remove by removing the outside panel and taking the clips off. So, once you have the outter door panel off you will the workings. You will need a flash light. Check the throw arm that attaches the locking switch on the lock to the door latch assembly. More then likly that is all that came loose. If that is ok then you need to replace the door catch assembly. Not an easy project. If you can do it the part is about $50 from the dealer. You will need to remove the 3 torx screws attaching the assembly to the inside door frame. Disconnect all the clips that attach the arms. Installation is the reverse. NOT AN EASY JOB TO DO. Plan on a whole day to figure all this out.