Question about 2004 Mazda MPV
I'm going to buy a new door handle for my 2001 Mazda MPV but want to try to install it myself. It's the sliding door exterior handle on the driver's side. I'm assuming I can just take the panel off the interior and fix it from the inside out, but I want to make sure I only unscrew what needs to be unscrewed. I'm guessing this isn't too difficult of a task, but I'm not the handiest guy in the world, so I'm looking for a step-by-step instruction on how to get the door apart so I can install the new exterior door handle. THANKS SO MUCH!! Michael Campbell, Andover, MN
If you remove the inner door panel of the door there will be plastic weather shield covering most of the door. Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the weather shield up and slowly peel it away. There will be 2 (10mm I believe) bolts on the inside of the door panel to release the handle (have someone catch it from the other side). To re-install simply connect he handle rod and 2 bolts then place the door panel back on and your done. A word of advice is be gentle with the door panel so not to damage the door pins or crack the plastic. Taking your time can be fun when learning a car ;).
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
remove door panel.. inside door you will see a rod going to the handle..on the end is a clip ..push the clip up off the rod .slide the rod out..remove 2 ..13mm nuts from handle ..remove handle
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
It appears he tells you to remove the door panel, but doesn't actually explain the process...
On the inside trim, you can remove screws that are by the door handle, arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to get it off the window ledge.
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
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