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Anything to do with the outer exterior of your van. Discuss all body modifications and repairs including fenders and bumpers, hoods and grilles, or doors and windows. All body related things like body panels and handles, wipers and roof racks, mirrors and trim.
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Rear door handle replacement

August 28th 2008, 5:58am

I have the barn doors (not Dutch doors) on the rear of my '98 Astro AWD. The outside handle on the right rear door has an obvious crack in it near where its attached. No doubt its gonna come off in my hand one day soon!....then how to open the door to access that service panel on the inner edge of that door?

Can anyone give me any advice or instruction on changing that handle before it breaks off? I gather that I need to gain access through that access type panel on the inner edge to get the handle off.....am I right?

I was just going to go to GM dealer to get a new one, rather than a used one in the same condition as mine!

Thanks ;)

Re: Rear door handle replacement

August 28th 2008, 3:46pm

When the one on my old work van broke(they all do eventually) I kept a screwdriver wedged between the door & the bumper. It never moved unless I pulled it out. I don't remember exactly how I opened the door with it, but it worked reliably for a few weeks until I replaced it. My buddy did the same with the Safari he drove too. I don't remember the replacement being a big deal. The biggest hassle was people constantly telling me I left a screwdriver in the bumper. They looked at me funny when I told them I knew. :!:
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