Re: Installing exterior driver side and passaner side...
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Remove the plastic cover behind the door handle assembly by removing one black 14mm nut from just above the door handle, and 1 screw (usually phillips) from the bottom of the plastic cover. Remove linkages from lock cylinder and door handle assembly. Use a small flathead screwdriver to slide retaining clips forward, and linkages will come free. Remove one black 14mm nut from the very top of the door handle assembly. Remove one phillips screw drom the bottom of the door handle assembly. Door handle assembly should now come free by pulling out slightly at the top, and pulling upwards. Transfer lock cylinder and key minder light (if applicable) to new door handle assembly. Lock cylinder is retained by a single TORX bolt. Reinstall in reverse. TIP: If you lose or damage any of those black plastic coated nuts, order new ones. They are GM p/n 10067214 and should be around $0.58/each. There are two on each door.
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Tom, yes, it would wreck the panel with out doing so.
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Remove front door handle bezel screw cover
Remove inside handle bezel screw
Remove inside handle bezel
Lift upward on the rear of the front door inside handle bezel
Disconnect electrical connector
Remove handle screw cover Remove handle screw
Remove door trim panel upper screw
Remove door trim panel lower screw
Remove door trim panel (pull the door trim panel outward to release the pin-type retainers)Remove front door sail panel Disconnect mirror electrical connector
Remove 3 exterior mirror nuts and exterior mirror
nope, just wind the window down, remove screws around the arm rest, pull panel out from door releasing plastic retainers, slide panel up out of window seal, remove plastic door dust shield , wind window up and you will be able to access handle through the inside of door, remove latch rod clip from handle, remove two bolts that screw to handle and thats it. Of course replace in opposite procedure
To remove the exterior door handle of the 2000 pontiac grand prix, You will be needing these instruments, wrench set, Putty knife, Screwdrivers, Socket wrench set and please follow the steps below:
Roll the door window all the way up. Disconnect the car battery's negative cable with a wrench.
Remove all cover plugs on the interior door panel with a putty knife.
Remove all armrests, door pulls, the window crank and trim-panel
retaining screws with a screwdriver.
Remove and disconnect any electrical devices in the door panel. Pry the controls out with a putty knife, and unplug the wires.
Pry the trim-panel
clips loose with the putty knife. Do not pry on the panel between the
clips, or the panel could be damaged. Separate the trim panel from the
door slightly, and disconnect the courtesy light. Remove the panel from
the door, and peel back the plastic water shield.
Detach the lock rods from the latch. Unhook the rods from the latch holes by hand.
Remove the door-handle nuts with a socket wrench through the service
holes in the door frame. Rotate the lock cylinder as needed for
clearance, and pull the handle from the door.
its really a common sense thing, im not trying to be nasty or rude, you will need to remove the panel, it actually has a screw that hold the handle together to the frame, on top of that you might consider grabing one fo things that look like a fork that will help you in removing the plastic type screws that hold your panel to the frame. Then just switch and remove.
i have the same problem on my 1995 grand prix gtp 2 door coupe...the only differnce is that i had door poppers installed and took off the lock rod, turnes out the solenionds cant pull the latch open, so i need stronger solenoids. but my door wont open either...if anyone has any fixes to this problem let me knows ASAP!! i cant crawl thru the passenger side in the middle of a S. Dak. winter...