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Need instructions on how to install a new tailgate handle, 2003AV

Can anyone give me instructions on how to replace a tailgate handle on a 2003 Avalanche?

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Don't get to see them in australia but most of the tailgates have panels on the inside that can be removed by a few screws to gain access to the handles, if that is not the case have a look under the handle to see if there are a couple of bolts that retain the handle
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