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How to remove the door latch rods

We have to replace the door latch on our 2003 chevy cavalier. panel is off we know how to remove the latch once the rods are disconnected. How do we disconnect the rods?Thank you Marta

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Depending on what type of clip you have, you'll need to take a small flathead screwdriver and pry the plastic clip off the rod or you will need to take a needlenose pliers and squeeze the plastic end of the clip to release the tension on the rod and than pull the rod out.

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  1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301).
  1. Remove front door trim panel (23942) and watershield from front door (20124).
  1. Mark the location of the bolt retaining front door glass run front retainer (21572). Remove the bolt.
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    Fig. Fastener location for the door lower trim panel
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    Fig. Remove the flag trim panel, door trim access cover, inside remote handle, and power door lock switch
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    Fig. Expanded view of the door lock, latch, and linkage


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    Fig. View of the door lock button, latch rod, lock rod, and door latch

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Item Part Number Description 1 21852 Front Door Latch Push Button Rod 2 21940 Front Door Latch Remote Control Link 3 386656-S Bushing 4 21978 Door Latch Shield 5 218A42 Power Door Lock Actuator 6 22134 Front Door Latch Control Cylinder Rod 7 21812 Front Door Latch
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