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Re: Need to know how to install exterior door handles
I'm assuming that you have the coupe not convertible since I've had same problem with my 97 Dodge Avenger and this is quite common from what I have heard. The handle is held in place by two 10mm bolts. One is easily accessable, located right beside the handle with the door open. The other is a little harder to get at. The first thing you need to do is remove the inside door cover, held in place by four screws and push in clips along the bottom that pull out easily. Two of the screws are visible and in the top corners of the door panel. One screw is located behind the inside handle and once removed the moulding comes off quite easily. The other screw is in the hand hold where you pull the door closed and has a small plastic cover over it. If you have power windows you are able to disconnect the switches once the panel is off. If manual windows, the handles are usually held on by a clip that can be pushed off with a screw driver allowing you to pull of the crank handle. The window needs to be in the closed position so you can access the ONE 10mm bolt holding the outer door handle. Once the interior door panel is off, if any clips remain in the door, take them out and put them where they should be in the door cover it won't go back together properly if you don't. Now you'll need to pull down the corner of the plastic covering the door, don't remove all the plastic just enough to allow access to the bolt. I used a small rachet to get it out. It is in a stupid spot with not much room but is doable. Once out, the handle is only being held by the lock rods to the handle and lock cylinder. The lock cylinder is held by a retaining clip which can be slid off allowing the cylinder to be pushed out. The other rod connected to the handle has a plastic clip on it holding it in place. This can be opened with a small screwdriver. Once opened the rod will come out easily and the handle should come off the door. The only problem reinstalling, that I had, was reconnecting the rod to the handle and found that if you unscrew the door latch, the whole mechanism can be moved down, giving you more freedom to work with the rod. You might want to do this before fighting with the clip holding the rod in place, just a thought as I got mine apart in 20 min. Installing the new handle is quite easy, just attach rod to the handle FIRST before anything else. Once the handle is back on the door the lock cylinder can be pushed back in, it just gets in the way if you put it in the handle right away. Hope this is of some help.
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You first remove the plastic cover in under which you find the lock (with keyhole).
secondly, open the door and remove the 15 mm diameter plastic cover near the handle. Insert a long torx scrwdriver(T25 ?) in the
opening and while keeping the door handle "open" (this gives you the possibility to easily replace the handle later) Turn the torx until it stops
(do not use much force). Now you can pull out the metallic lock, peer
out the small white plastic under the door handle and pull out the handle. Do not turn the torx before you have replaced the handle
need to open the door skin (remove from door)
there should be a metal rod going to the inside of the handle if lifting the handle is not opening the lock you will have to bend it in such a manner that it will put more strain on it (tighten) from the lock to the handle then replace door and try again, f not the inside of your handle may be broken or damaged check it on the inside for worn eyelet hole or broken and replace as needed
The relay rod inside the door has broken (not likely), one of the retaining clips that hold it in place are broken (most likely) or the tab on the door handle assembly is broken (again not likely). to gain access you will have to remove the door panel. You did not say whether the handle you are having a problem with is the interior or exterior but to remove the door panel you will need to have the door open, you might want to purchase a Haynes or Chilton manual for your car to get the proper instruction if you have never removed one before.
The locking mechanism is manufactured with carbon composite and plastic levers
that the door handles attach to. It is hard to tell what parts that you do need.
Remove the passenger side door panel. It will have some screws and maybe a bolt
on the inside handle. The panel has snap plug on it and they fit into designated
hole in the door. After getting the door panel off, be careful here, there are
sharp metal edges that can cut. There are some peep hole to see the rods and
connector inside the door. If the plastic hooks on the door locking mechanism
are broken. The hole door lock assembly will need to be replaced.
Try your local wrecking yards and tell them what type of vehicle you have and
year. Also, state what door it is and what you will need.
Now, if the interior door hand hook on the lock mechanism isn't broke off.
The get a cloths hanger and straighten it out and attach it to the opening latch
on locking mechanism. This will give you inside temporary handle, while you are
trying to fix the door. Safety. GB...stewbison
Hey there, I have the same problem, for me it was the metal ball at the end of the cable, on the inside of the door, was broken off. To me it seems it needs to have that cable or the clip attaching the cable replace. I took off the door panel and used a mirror to peer inside. You'll have to unscrew a plastic black cover which hides the cables near the mechanism. Hope this helps
Look for screws on the bottom of the door and inside the door handle there might be one on the arm rest to ....after doing that feel for the plastic stud that hold the door panel on ... once removing the panel you will see plastic covering the hole door remove that only near the top left hand side ( or right if your replacing the passenger side).... you will then see a a hole big enough for your hand to go through ...remove your door handle nuts from there be careful not to drop the nuts .... there will be a rod that goes to the door handle on the inside remember the way it clips on or take a picture your choice ...... removing the lock from the door handle is easy once it has been removed from the door ... i would practice removing the lock from the spare part to get some kind of idea on how to remove the lock ......If this helps please vote
Find and remove two screws visible on the door panel, including underneath small covers. Pop them off with a small screwdriver. Lift front edge of control panel, then pull forward and lift out. Pull upper door panel from door. Disconnect courtesy light connector. Disconnect door open handle cable assembly and door lock cable assembly. You might need to lift panel and twist to get it off.
29 cent part my fix your problem. There is a nipple on the interior door lock lever that fits into a slot on the door handle lever. Look at passenger side to compare. The nipple is covered with a plastic spacer that may come off. The spacer keeps the lock nipple snug in the handle lever slot; pull the handle lever, it engages the lock lever, opening door. I bought a .29 cent aluminum spacer (#8x1/4 x 1/4) from Orchard hardware. Take needle nose pliers and slip the spacer on, then super glue. Unfortunately if lock lever (where riveted) is badly worn, then it may pivot upward instead of perpendicular to the door, thus defeating new spacer. But you may now be able to open door by pulling handle lever and lock lever at the same time. If you need to replace door handle, others on this site have suggested that you not replace metal frame that door handle is mounted on, but drill out rivets that hold door handle mount.
Remove the door trim inside by loosen 3 bolt with screw driver, then pull out the door trim, after that loosen the hex.bolt (3 hex-bolt) on lock mechanism bracket, after that you can loose bolt (4 hex bolt) on handle cover. Be careful to not drop the bolt, because the gap on sliding door is too narrow. After you removing the handle assembly you can see where is the broken. You can remove the handle from cover by removing pin clips on it. To fixing the broken handle you can just using plastic glue or you can drill a small hole and put some small wire to reinforce the plastic.
remove the plugs in the the handle. (the part that you hold to close the door),then unscrew should be 2 large phillips heads. remove window winder if not electric, remove plastic cover around door release handle. remove inner mirror trim. then remove door trim carefullly pull it towards you it should pop out every couple of inches around the edge. remove inner plastic .then remove handle from door and from metal rod should be a plastic locking clip just pop it too the side. fit new handle then reverse these instructions.