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replacing door handle
Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:19 PM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:38 PM
Roll down the window
Pull the door panel
Pull the switch out of the door so you can roll the window up and down while you work without the panel in the way
Pull the plastic back at least half way
Disconnect the control and lock rods and move them out of the way
Remove the Lock Spring Clip
Remove the two 10 mm nuts
Pull the handle out.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:51 PM
I've done many of these on lots of cars over the years, and I advise that you take several digital pictures of the lock rod placements on the lock assembly and the door handle, etc., before you start unclipping the rods and removing bolts.
Put them back incorrectly and you'll have a nightmare on your hands.
The door glass must be fully up before you start pulling things apart, and disconnect the battery if you don't want nasty fuse and wiring problems. Once the inner door panel is removed and the plastic weather shield underneath, you'll need a trouble light or flashlight to see where things come apart.
Hint: place a small piece of masking tape over the open end of the 10 mm socket before you put the scket onto the 10 mm nuts that hold the door handle in place. The masking tape will fill the gap between the socket and the nut, preventing it from falling out of the socket and getting lost in the bottom of the door. Use the same plan when reinstalling the nuts on the handle.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:44 PM
on the re-install, the bolt is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, hard to get back in. the tape trick on the socket may help. i hope it does. but i have been driving a 95 lego for 10 years, over 130k miles, with only the front bolt holding the handle in and only the spring clip holding the lock in. works great.
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