Question about 1996 Nissan Pickup
I removed the window crank and the door handle, but can't figure out how to remove the handle that opens the door.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1997 Nissan pickup
start with 2 screws under horizontal part of door grip, third one up high-- then remove window handle(if no power windows. then underneath the inside part of little door release pocket there is a plactic- 'cup another screw behind there. then it becomes a prying effort. There are about six to eight plastic 'christmas tree' shaped tabs that are along the bottom rail of the door and scattered throughout the middle. Be careful when prying the weak fiberboard away from metal. or the base of the 'tree' will rip throught the fiberboard and not be as effective when you replace them back in. (it is not a fatal mistake but one that I failed at miseably when first removing the panel.
start at the outside bottom corner with two long srewdrivers. one to slightly seperate the metal and press board then use other to help pull the 'bushy' part of the xmas tree out of the metal part of the door.
Posted on May 05, 2009
Under armrest are two large philips screws. remove these and the panel will fall off.
Alternatively, one screw may be acccessed from the top down on the arm rest, remove small access circle, or tray insert.
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
The door handle is held in by 2 10mm nuts. Pull the clear plastic back to see. They are a little tricky to get off but not too difficult. Don't forget to remove the rod for the lock cylinder.
Posted on May 23, 2009
I seriously doubt that supergluing or even epoxying a handle back will hold at all, or hold for more then few days.
I would only suggest doing the replacement yourself if you familiar with this type of work, or has the aptitude to figure out how to do it, and have the right tools because it is NOT trivial and a number of things can be done wrong, broken or scratched.
The handle itself cannot be replaced. The outside door handle assembly (which includes the handle, the bezel with all associated springs, plastic and metal hardware) has to be replaced. Besides junkyards, which is a long shot for number of reasons, the only place where the handle assembly can be bought is the dealer. And these handle assemblies are not cheap ether. The driver side handle on my 2002 Altima broke first. I paid $60.23+tax, and they had to order it. BEFORE anyone goes to the dealer I suggest to call first, and ask them if they have it in stock. Since door handles are sold painted they will ask you for your car's VIN number so that they match the paint color.
After you pick it up, the replacement will take about an hour (if you know what you doing). The inside door panel has to be removed, it is held in place by the inside door handle and the panel is attached by a number of clips, the handle assembly is attached to the door by three bolts, to remove which you will need a socket with extension. You will also need a good flashlight so you see what you are doing.
If you are familiar how to do this type of work and plan to keep the car for a while I strongly suggest buying a factory service manual on a CD (I bought mine on eBay for under $10). It is worth its price 1000s of times over, and makes almost ALL repair work SOOO much easier.
Posted on Nov 16, 2009
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The process of removing car door panels is essentially the same for each make of car. You may need to remove these panels when your fixing locks or power windows, replacing window cranks, installing speakers or replacing the side mirrors. Learning how to remove the panels yourself can save money on simple car repairs.
Check out how the door panels are attached to the car. Most panels use screws and bolts but others have snap-in fittings. Gather all the tools you need for removing the door panels. If the panel is attached with screws and bolts, you need a screwdriver or ratchet and socket. Car door panels with snap-in fittings are easily removed with a flathead screwdriver.
Locate where the screws and bolts are before starting. These are usually found in the arm rest area, along the bottom or sometimes near the door lights.
Roll down the car door window. Begin removing all screws and bolts that hold the door panel onto the car. If your car has snap-in fittings, pry gently on the bottom corner of the door panel until the fittings pop out.
Remove the power window control panel if your car has power windows. The control panel should pry out easily, and then you unplug the wiring harness from the back and place it to the side.
Use an L pick and flashlight when locating a manual window crank. Look behind the window crank and slide the pick under the edge of the metal clip that holds the crank in place. Remove the clip and pull the crank off.
Remove the door handle by unscrewing the small screw located in the center. Gently pull the door handle out until you see the back of the handle and unclip the rod from the door handle. This should remove the handle unless the handle and door lock are attached, then you just unclip the rod from the lock and remove them both together.
Unscrew the cap off rear upper corner door panel locks. These don't have a rod attaching them to the handle and unscrew separately from the door handle.
Pop the door panel off after you've removed everything. Gently pry on the bottom edge of the door panel until it releases. Pull out and up to completely remove the door panel.
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