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How do you take off the rear driver side door panel to fix the outside handle? I have the door panel off, but now there is a metal panel held in and I don't know how to get it off.

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  • olboyacreepa Jun 20, 2009

    how do you get to the inside of the handle, I do not see where you can access the handle.



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You dont, you have to work around it. there should be 2 nuts on the inside of the handle you have to remove, and 2 plastic clips on the rods have to be pushed down to get it out

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  • George Fischer Jun 20, 2009

    once you have the panel off, its best to get a flash light and point it in there. up and to the left. you will see 2 rods. have someone wiggle the handle so you can see the pieces moving



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Please let me know if you need further assistance.


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