My husband bought a new handle for his '97 Chevy 4X4 (I think it's a
Silverado? Z71?) and doesn't know how to get the door panel off to even start
the attempt of replacing the handle. He DID buy the handle though! Any tips
Just replaced the handle on my '98 2 weeks ago... you'll have to remove the
inside door panel completely including the inner panel to get to the inside
bolt holding the handle on.
Remove the 2 screws on the inside door handle rest. At the bottom and around
the lower half of the panel itself use a putty knife to pop out the plastic
holding pins. (for lack of a better word) Lift from the bottom of the panel
to remove it off of the window frame edge. If it has PW and DL you'll have
to disconnect that mess too before you can completely remove the panel.
You'll then see an interior panel (mine was black) with a bunch of small
bolt around the edges, remove these so you can gain access to that inside
door handle bolt. Remove it, be careful not to drop it inside the door! (Do
not totally remove this inside panel, for one thing it holds the track for
the window and would be VERY hard to reinstall)
The outside bolt that holds the handle can be removed from the outside edge
of the door. Disconnect the "rods" to the keylock tumbler and remove the
handle assembly outwards. A word of caution... use some masking tape around
the perimeter of the door handle assembly where it meets the side body panel
so you don't scratch the paint while trying to remove and replacing the new
one.. The hardest part for me was to get the key tumbler to properly "snap"
into the new handle assembly. Reverse the steps to install the new handle.
Good luck... took me about 2 hours.
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