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mnsherk wrote:Start with the pull handle and, using a putty knife gently pry under the leading edge to disengage the three plastic teeth shown on the right side of pic 6. Once these are free rotate the handle up and towards the door and remove it from the panel. Next, with a T25 remove the two screws securing the door panel to the door. For the front doors, gently pull the triangular piece of plastic up at the mirror, disconnect the electrical connector (if necessary), and remove the triangle. Next, use a rigid putty knife to go around the sides and bottom of the door panel and pop the panel off of the plastic clips. Amazingly, this is the first door panel I've removed where the clips didn't pull out of the panel or break! The should have used this type of plastic for the door handle assembly!! The electrical connectors from the harness to the door are male so push down or in (not out) on the tabs to unlock the connectors and pull them apart. Once you have the panel free, you'll see that the two small clips (yellow arrows in top two pics) which actually retain the handle end of the cable assembly are very soft JUNK plastic. I super-glued these cracked clips, but wasn't convinced of the remaining strength. In order to prevent the end of the cable assembly from continuing to pull out of the handle assembly I used plastic pipe strapping and secured it with the two screws (green arrows in first pic) which mount the handle assembly to the door panel. As an added measure, I drilled two holes in the black plastic bracket (orange arrows) and saddled a zip-tie over the other side of the end of the cable assembly. Works well!! I may just apply the strapping to the other 3 doors BEFORE they break. Oh, and by the way, you can't buy just the black piece that contains the two small clips from the dealer - you must buy the complete door handle assembly which runs $138 plus tax. This was a $5 fix. Hope this helps someone else...
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