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The outside door handle operates fine, but the door will not open from the inside using the inside door handle. I am looking for how to remove the door panel, and then fix or replace a part so the interior door handle works.

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Start by locating the screws in the door panel, usually around the the door handle itself. there may be some on the bottom, look to see. The rest of the door panel is held on by either plastic or metal push in clips,you may have to buy a door panel tool or use a 3" to 4" wide putty knife to ease otu the clips with. Once the door panel is removed, you probably find out that you'll need a plastic retainer clip to go back in place of the one broken, you can get these clips in the help section at Auto Zone, most GM cars have the same styles, just match the correct year model and vehicle type. remove any broken pieces from rod and replace new clip and install the rod in place simultaneously, usually slide the rod and clip together while twistng into the other rod's hole. re-install the door panel with the plastic factory sheet for noise and good luck.

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