The right way: Go to a decent auto parts store and get the "Door
trim and crank clip removal tool". One end looks like a two-pronged
fork stamped out of heavy sheetmetal, with a funny W profile between
the fork tines for pushing the tails of the bent-wire C-clip out of
(The other end of the tool has a special prybar for getting door
liner panels off the snap-in retainers without breaking too many of
them - the replacement plastic pieces for the ones you do break are
available at the dealer parts counter, and some auto parts stores
stock those trim parts. IIRC AuVeCo makes them, they sell assortment
kits to auto upholstery and body shops.)
The cheap way: Take a rag and work it under the handle like you are
trying to buff the shaft - the ends snag the clip and pull it out of
it's slot. You may have to finesse and play with it a while, and it
may bend the C-clip or rip the rag, but it works.
Either removal method can cause the C-clip to go zinging off into
the deep recesses of your garage at a high velocity, never to be seen
again. ("Dammit, another trip to the store...")
So be ready for it, have another rag draped over the handle to trap
the clip before it has a chance to run and hide.
--<< Bruce >>--
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