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Is this a 2 or 4 door model? both would need the handle replaced from how you described...must remove the inside door panel to change out the door handle...there is one hard to see screw behind the arm rest...must be removed to remove this panel...the door handle is a dealer or junk yard part...2 bolts one at each end hold in place...put window up when changing...junk yard handles are everywhere including on line...dealer gets $30-$35 for $2. junk yard part...If 2 door...different handle, same availability...these handles are interchangeable with other similar GM cars...hope this helps:)
There are chrome plastic trim pieces at the ends of the full length handles. Remove gently, they are pressed into the groove of the metal trim. Next either slide or pull the front facing trim outward from the metal... exposing 6mm or 1/4 inch sheet metal screws. Remove. The handles may also have a double stick tape at the attachment points. Replace this after cleaning the old residue off with goof-off. If the screws won't stay tight afterward, remove the trim and add Loc-tite -- blue, red, or GREEN depending on how you feel about it.
some handles have plastic inserts or caps which snap on to the main handle from outside to hide the screws...you can carefully pry open those caps with a knife or screwdriver to reveal the screws....some are only accessible by first removing the inside panel to reveal the screws from inside the door.....in either case the panels are usually just helld in place by snapping together or in channels or rails.....they can be pryed off but with care to avoid cracking them or breaking them because you need to re-use them when you put back the handles.
open your vice grips up and put them around the item you are working on then close the vice grips if they are loose around item screw the knob IN til it gets tight around item then open vice grips and give the knob one full turn and put back on item and squeeze the handles together it should lock if you cant squeeze the handles together then back the knob back out until you can get the handles to lock or screw in if still too loose.
Just take the handle off, rermove the 2 screws on the front of the cover, remove the plastic piece on the back of the top, then remove the 2 screws and the top cover will come off. There are 2 screws holding the handle pivot on, remove those. Install the new pivot making sure that it alines with the transmissing on the left side, re-install the 2 screws and make sure they are tight. Then put the rest back together.