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Mazda 5 replacing external handle on sliding door

Hi, I broke the handle off my passenger-side sliding door of my 2006 Mazda 5 when the door had frozen shut. I have gotten a replacement handle from the dealer. However, the two screws I need to access are inside the door panel. How do I access these screws to replace the handle without damaging door panels, etc?

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  • kdowling62 Feb 16, 2009

    If anyone is wondering how this turned out, I write up a short description of what I did to replace the handle successfully.

    1) Remove sliding door from hinges -- this is an unavoidable step, as annoying as it is. 3 bolts on rear brace, three on front top brace, and three on bottom front brace. Support weight of door on logs or such before you start removing bolts. Window in UP position!!! Have blanket to rest door on or risk scraping paint. Lay door next to vehicle and avoid disconnecting cable on bottom of door.

    2) Remove cowling around internal handle, has about 5 plugs, no screws. Use putty knife and start from bottom, going counterclockwise to gently pry up the cowling. Make sure that the lock is in the locked position to be able to remove cowling. It will hang from cables -- use screwdriver in notch of plug connector to unplug those, then cowling is free.

    3) Remove inside door panel -- all one piece. First remove two screws that were under cowling. Then start from bottom and pry up clips, working counterclockwise. They are brittle in cold weather and will probably partially break and stay in metal door rather than pull out and stay on panel like they should. (Only 1 in 6 stayed in panel for me, but breakage of only 1 clip so severe it no longer worked). Any clips staying in the metal will have to be removed using scissors to hold while you pull directly straight out from metal - but not before you are ready to put things back together. At the top of the panel it is tucked under doorframe and whole panel needs to be slid upwards to free, which is why you must free all clips first.

    4) Remove bolts to free white ducting plastic.

    5) Remove black plastic on which all the door/window mechanisms sit, all bolts/screws except one clip at top center. Genly lift up black inner panel and you can access the 2 lousy bolts which hold the handle on. Replace the handle.

    6) Couple the release shaft back to the new handle.

    7) replace the black panel with all mechanisms attached -- be sure to connect the two bolts which hold the window guide rack first! You will have to bend the plastic a bit to get the bottom plastic pin in the right hole. Then start replacing bolts/screws on the black plastic.

    8) Replace the white ducting with bolts.

    9) Put those clips in the appropriate slots in the plastic interior door panel. Use the best ones near the front and back and center (in that order) of the panel. Lesss critical are the ones in middle bottom.

    10) Re-tuck top edge of panel in under window frame. Snap the panel in place until you hear the clips go click.

    11) Put door back on hinges.

    12) Plug in controls on cowling and press cowling into place.

    Check that everything works.

    Hope this helps anyone who comes across the same problem.

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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.

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Same thing happened to my Mazda 5 rear sliding door handle brook off, were you able to repair yours?

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