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Re: I need to replace broken driver side door handle.
In the auto glass trade there are very basic tools used. Most door panels are held on with a few hidden screws - behind latch handles under them, look any where that the door receiveds pulls or pushes. after all the screws are out 4-6 then the panel will either lift straight up to come off or pull straight out if it comes out then there will be some push plugs also holding that hold the panel in place and you could use a flat forked pry bar to pop them loose. Just take you time and you should be fine.
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You need special tools to get the fasteners out of the door or you'll permanently damage the door panel. there are hidden screws on the arm rest and door latch handle. Let a mechanic with the tools do the job.
This is not fun to do, you have to take the door panel out and that takes a special tool. Go to autozone etc see if they have on. Looks like a small crowbar or a screw driver with a fork on the end. Then you need to locate the fasteners that are around the perimeter of the door panel. Pull them with the tool. If you don't use the tool, you can damage the door panel, It is made out of pressed cardboard. When the fasteners are out. Look for screws on the handles on the inside and take them out. Lift the panel up and away and be careful with any wires or rods that connect to switches and levers. When that is out, take a look at the liner. This is a sound deadener and it can be a gooey mess. Take it out and you cannot save it. Then look into the door interior working parts and see if you can locate the handle. You may need to remove the window assembly. When you get to the handle, notice the connecting rods for the lock and remove those, then look for the bolts that hold the hand to the door. Remove those and the handle comes off.
Remove mirror mount cover assembly.
Remove inside door handle cup (22634).
Remove door lock control bezel.
Remove window control bezel.
Remove interior lamp lens.
Remove screw from interior lamp assembly body.
Remove screw from window control bezel opening.
Disconnect mirror, lock switches and memory seat on driver side from bezels and wire harness.
Disconnect window switches from window bezel and wire harness.
Lift front door trim panel (23942) vertically, out of weatherstrip and over lock rod.
Disconnect interior lamp (13776) from wire harness.
Remove front and rear door trim retention hooks into door inner panel.
To install, reverse Removal procedure, paying special attention when inserting inner door trim into weatherstrip. Rock inner door trim into weatherstrip and push downward until lower trim belt character ditch lines up with score mark on inner door panel.
the interior door panels? for the most part the panels are of simple design, they sorta just 'pop' on and off, they are held on with plastic screws attached thru the metal interior of the door. start with the end closest to the outside edge of the door and with a plastic 'pop tool' (i forget the exact name for them but they are for removing headlights and skid plate bolts without damaging metal) or even a flat head screw driver with a folded shop towel over the edge to prevent damage to either panel, gently work under the panel all along the side. it should work loose in short order without much fuss, from there you can see the other panel screws and work around handles/manual window cranks.
Interior or exterior handle? Remove the door panel first. They make a special tool for removing the window crank, but usually you can get it off with a screwdriver. There is a little clip under the crank that needs to be removed first. Then remove the door handle itself, this has a screw in it. Then pull the panel off. With the window in the fully down position or the up position you should be able to get to the handle itself for the exterior. If it's an interior handle just remove that without taking the door handle off. This is all pretty self explanatory once you see it.
no special tool its easy take mirror cover of inside that is then look for little caps take them off and then take screws out look aroung=d the trim pull out at bottom then pull on sides thenpull up and out the take or unhook switch panel take off trim take off vapor barrier then replace handle wallla then go back
Removing the door skins are not hard, the problem is that they normally use a special tool. Without the tool you may break a few of the plastic clips. If so no worries go to your local automotive department and look for the clips.
You will also have at least one screw that attaches the skin to the door frame. Usually remove the bottom of door panel and work around both sides until you get to the window. Then remove the screw and unplug any of the power options..
Haynes or Chiltion manual for your car should show you details.. It is easy for the average DIY person.
The handle is just as easy. Do you have metric and torx because you will need them.
This was a three minute repair, once I had the replacement handle. Leave the door panel alone! Remove the single screw holding the old handle in place. Use a flat blade screwdriver to jimmy the old handle away from the door about an inch. There are two plastic clips holding it to the rods, one for the locking mechanism and one for the latch. Use the flat blade screwdriver to unclip these two connectors. Remove the broken latch, and don't worry, the rods won't disappear into the door! Reverse these steps with the new handle (insert rods, attach clips, wiggle assembly into place, and fasten with single screw). You're done!