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I'm replacing my third door handle release on my 2003 extended cab and cannot get the lower latch to release. I've removed all the trim and the seat belt and have reasonable access through the interior of the door but cannot figure out how to release the latch and open the door? By lifting the rod a little I can see a hooked piece raise up off what looks to be a cogged wheel but nothing else happens. Have also soaked the area with penetrating oil. Any hints, tricks of the trade?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: 2001 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab door handle broken

if the door can not be opened by pulling on the latch rods from where the handle is located with a pair of pliers then the inner door panel will have to be removed to gain access to the latch rods to open the door and then replace the handle. the only bad part of that is the inner door panels normally do not come off in once pice that is able to be reinstalled without being cracked or completly broken. sorry for the bad news.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab door handle broken

You should replace the handle with an aluminum version. The best one I have found is sold on eBay for 12 dollars.
Look for the one sold by
mike8756.

It is easy to install, does not require removing any panels. Th first one I replaced took me about 1/2 hour. I hae done several since for friends and now takes about 15 minutes.

Installation instructions are here:

http://www.thirddoorhandle.com/installation/index.html

Good luck.
Tom

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

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Just pull back on the panel after you remove the handle being held on by two screws, sorry if the panel breaks. But you can pick another tail gate panel at the Salvage yard for $20.00. After removing the handle you should have enough room to get to the c type latch, it's spring loaded and moves only one way to release the window. After that i am sure you can handle the rest. Keep me posted, be glad to help if you need more information. Good luck and hope this works for you. 

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: extra cab door won't open

remove inner door panel & check linkage to lower latch. if connected then watch linkage while moving handle, if linkage seems to bow or bend then lower lacth is frozen & needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Replacing interior door handles on 98 Sierra

theres what they call horseshoe spring clips on the back side of the handles they make a special tool that pushes them off! but if you got a small piece of stiff wire take a pair of needle nose pliers and make a short!! gental hook on the end and push the door panel back far enough to see the clip and hook into it and pull straight out!

Posted on Jan 14, 2010

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Hi Roberta, here's the instructions on how to remove your door panel. I have to wonder though on why you are removing it, my guess is you window doesn't roll up or down and your replacing the regulator. Any way here goes.

REMOVAL

  1. Remove the plug and remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel.
  2. Remove switch bezel and disconnect power window/memory switch.
  3. Remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket.
  4. If equipped, remove window crank. (Refer to 23 - BODY/DOOR - FRONT/WINDOW CRANK - REMOVAL)
  5. Remove screw holding door trim to door panel from behind inside latch release handle .
  6. Disengage clips attaching door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel.
  7. Lift trim panel upward to disengage flange from inner belt molding at top of door.
  8. Tilt top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage.
  9. Disengage clip attaching linkage rod to inside latch release handle (INSIDE DOOR HANDLE LINKAGE).
  10. Separate linkage rod from latch handle.
  11. Disconnect the power door switch, courtesy lamp electrical connectors.
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According with the factory manual...

23 - Body/Door - Front/PANEL, Door Trim/Description

DESCRIPTION
Door trim modules include the hardware, window regulators, latch, remote handle and links, speakers and wiring harness. In addition to providing manufacturing efficiencies, the door modules benefit the customer too. Having all the parts assembled into a module improves build accuracy and fit and finish between the components and trim as a result of greater communication between the release engineers and suppliers.

Lower door trim (from the beltline down) is molded polypropylene. The door trim is two-tone with a darker color matching the instrument panel in the upper third and a lighter shade for the lower two-thirds, including the bolster and substrate.

2. Remove speaker (5),
3. Remove the trim screws (4) from the speaker opening.
4. Remove the trim cap (6) and the screw (1) at the inside handle.
5. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, remove the outside mirror trim (2).
6. Remove the door glass
7. Disconnect the latch linkages (1 and 2).
8. Remove the latch screws (4).
9. Disconnect main harness connector.
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11. Remove three upper bolts (1).
12. Lift the module (1) up off of the four trim hooks (3) and the lower regulator screws (4).
13. Pull the front of the trim module (1) out from the door and forward to remove the latch.

Check attached images.

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FRONT DOOR TRIM PANEL
REMOVAL
Using a trim stick (available from parts stores), pry courtesy lamp from door trim.
Disconnect wire connector from courtesy lamp.
If equipped, remove screws attaching door assist handle to inner door panel.
If equipped, remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel.
If equipped, remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket.
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Hold top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage.
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If equipped, install window crank.
If equipped, install screws to attach trim panel to door inside map pocket.
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If equipped, install screws to attach door assist handle to inner door panel.
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  1. Remove the plug and remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel.
  2. Remove the switch bezel and then disconnect the power window-memory switch.
  3. Now you need to remove the screws attaching the trim panel to the door from below map pocket.
  4. If you have a window crank remove this now.
  5. Remove the screw holding the door trim to the door panel from behind -inside latch release handle .
  6. Now disengage the clips attaching the door trim to the door frame around the outside of the panel.
  7. Lift the trim panel upward to disengage the flange from the inner belt molding at the top of the door.
  8. Now tilt the top of trim panel away from door to gain access to the linkage on the latch.
  9. Now you need to disengage the clip that attaches the linkage rod to the inside latch release handle - this is the inside door handle linkage.
  10. Now just separate the linkage rod from the latch handle.
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