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Removing door panel on 1997 Hyundai Accent

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I've been struggling all day trying to remove the door panel from a 1997 Hyundai accent to repair my outside door handle.

I've managed to get the window crank (after lots and lots of effort) off, all screws and pulled all tabs around the panel edge. Also removed the mirror cover and door lock.

Problem is the inside handle. I can't get the panel off because the handle seems to still be very securely attached to something and won't budge. I've taken the screw out of the handle and I don't think the rods should be holding it that tight. I'm afraid to pull on it too hard because I don't want to break the handle or any rods or clips on the mechanism in the door.

What am I doing wrong? Why won't the handle come loose? Is there a tab on the other side of the handle holding it on? Will it give way with a little pressure?

Please help. I'd appreciate it so much.

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Look under the round part of the handle,see if there is a small allen screw there,if it is unscrew it until the handle comes off.if not send a new message

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I have an '03 Hyundai Accent. To get the door panel off, after removing screws, poping fasteners etc, the entire inside door handle and bezel must be slid through the hole in the door panel to remove the panel. I dont know why everything I have seen including the book instructions for panel removal say to remove the screw from the bezel as this does nothing, since the handle/bezel is also attached to the inner door panel with two, stiff hard plastic clips which break easy as hell if pried upon.

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