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Side sliding door

I have a broken door handle on the side sliding door. I have a new handle and need to know how to go about replacing the door handle.

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  • areevet Dec 03, 2008

    I have a 2004 Express 3500 15pass that has the large sliding door and the wimpy handle broke off when I tried to open the door. Apparently, the door was frozen shut since it was 20 degrees outside. I imagine that I have to purchase a new handle from the dealer and then repair the handle from the inside of the vehicle. Doesn anyone know how to do this?

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The trick is that there is a small clip holding the inside handle in place. Push the panel in and grab it with small needle nose or forceps.

Then remove all the interior panels.

There are seven torx screws holding the intern latch into the door frame, and three interconnecting bars between the outer and inner inner handles.

Once you have the ability to move the inner assemble around you can get to the two metric nuts holding the exterior handle.

The lock assembly is removed by depressing the metal latch on the bottom of the handle assemble after the handle is fully removed.

Reverse and replace and that's it. (don't for get to have extra plastic door panel clips as they will break as you remove the interior panels)

Overall - I would suggest to just take it to the dealer or to a body shop. I'm told they would do it for about $75. I took about 2 hrs to do this and if you are even a bit shaky and drop anything into the door, it is game over. Next time I will do the dealer thing.





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