Re: 2001 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab door handle broken
If the door can not be opened by pulling on the latch rods from where the handle is located with a pair of pliers then the inner door panel will have to be removed to gain access to the latch rods to open the door and then replace the handle. the only bad part of that is the inner door panels normally do not come off in once pice that is able to be reinstalled without being cracked or completly broken. sorry for the bad news.
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Hi my name is Peter, Is there any resistance on the door handle or does it move more freely than before? A lot of the time when something like this happens the door handle or a piece of he linkage inside the door has broken or come loose for the mechanical portion but the electrical is still functional. If the handle moves freely you may want to take the door panel off and get a better look but be careful where you put your fingers because if the electrical can still get voltage back there you may accidently activate it with you disconnect the positive side of the battery to be safe might be good idea. Depending on how popular the vehicle is and the age of it you may be able to get a replacement handle if you need one at a local parts store. If not then of course u could check online or hit the dealers parts counter.. I just replace a handle on my sons extended cab truck because the handle broke inside but I was lucky and only had two bolts to take loose lifted it out of the frame and installed the new one from Advanced auto in about 10-15 minutes. Good luck let me know what you find.
You should open the door first...take the interior trim panel off, access the "innards" of your door. It could be as simple as a clip that needs to be reattached or replaced or it could be the handle itself. Open up your door and move the handle and watch the attaching points to make sure it's all attached and in the correct number of pieces... If you need help removing the door panel we can help you with that as well. (usually the screws are around the inside latch and behind the door courtesy lights.... let us know how it goes! K
Door handle seems loose and not connected? Then the plastic clip broke inside the door. Take off the door panel, 3 screws, and door lock cap and plastic insert around inside door handle. pry around the bottom first, and go up, when you reach the top, pull up, please be carefull to not break any more plastic. you will see a squarish opening midway up the door toward the latch. reach in and pull a rod toward the opening. You see a broken piece of plastic on the tip? if so take it off and get the replacement part for it at an autoparts store, install the new one and your set. I have broke to many of these so i ended up bending the end of the rod and using a nut to hold it in.:]
the inside handle and otside both work the release seperate.
what you need to do is take the door panel off the inside by a couple screws (usually in the arm rest) and several plastic clips
around the perimiter which will pull out when you pry out on the panel. You can do this carefully with a screw driver but the proper
fork tool from parts store will be easier. look inside door at latch
and see if your piece is broke or possibly the rod may have just come out and need to be put back in place. If your handle piece is broke it is easy to replace once your inside the door.