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Removing exterior Handles on 91 Suburban need tips

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tch777, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. tch777

    tch777 1/2 ton status

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    Okay have the sub stripped down and ready for go for paint.
    But I want to take the outside door handles off.
    I can get them un bolted but I can't get the damm linkage off inside the door.
    Hayes says stick a long thin screw driver down inside the door from the glass slot and pop it off but that would be like a 2 foot screw driver.
    Has anyone successfully taken their handles off? If so how did you do it without wrecking anything?

    Thanks

    Tim
     
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    You have to take the interior door panel off and reach inside and bend your hand in the most un-natural way to get the clip off of the rod that extends down to the latch mechanism.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    You have to take the interior door panel off and reach inside and bend your hand in the most un-natural way to get the clip off of the rod that extends down to the latch mechanism.



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    What he said. I also had to use some not so nice words /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  4. diesel4me

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    I had tried to replace a few of those handles--on every one so far the little plastic thing that holds the rod on broke off--I ended up getting both the door latch lock mechanism and the external door handle from the dealer,cost about 40 bucks for both,they had several in stock--guess they go through a lot of them.It wasnt much fun putting them in--and when I was done my hands and arms looked like I dragged them through a pile of briars,cut and bloody--I'd hate to be the guy to install them after a nice paint job,and try to do it without scratching anything! /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
  5. tch777

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    Well both me and my wife tried to get in there to pop the clip off but no luck. So I drilled a 1/2 inch hole in the door right near the rod clip, used a small screwdriver to pry down the clip and then popped the rod out of the bracket. Took 10 minutes a door with removing the interior trim to remove the outer handle.

    Tim
     
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    Sounds like the plan!--too bad GM's engineers couldnt have thought about putting a hole there factory,so you could actually fix it without causing more damage than you started with.I'm going to use your trick next time I have to change one--that is,if the customer doesnt mind me drilling a hole in his door--or isnt looking! /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
    maybe thats why they dont let you watch at the dealership while they work on your vehicle(they blame it on insurance regulations--but we know better!) /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     

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