'90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

'90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby 98cirider [OP] » October 16th 2009, 5:46pm

A couple years ago I replaced the drivers exterior door handle on my '90 Safari. Well, the passenger exterior door handle decided to give up the ghost. I have replacement ready to go. Before I do the replacement, is there any special grease or lubricant I should work into all the moving parts of the new handle before installing it?

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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby stoneground1 » October 16th 2009, 6:30pm

98cirider,
These are basically plug and play. I've replaced front drivers and rear door handles. You could lube it up if you want
but not really needed. If you have a U-Pull-It around you i'd go out there and try and find a few clips from like a
96'-?. The clips they have on the 85'-95's are a pain to work with. Talking about where the link connects to the
handle. Wish i had a pic handy to show you. The ones from the 96'-? are plastic but they are so much easier to use!
How much did you get the new handle for?
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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby Mr_Bowtie » October 16th 2009, 6:46pm

I installed one so far on my Astro without any grease and its been fine. I have to do the driver's side one on my Safari pretty soon too. :banghead:
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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby 98cirider [OP] » October 16th 2009, 7:46pm

stoneground1 wrote:98cirider,
How much did you get the new handle for?


From 1A Auto, it was $24.90 delivered. I felt comfortable with the price. I have not even tried to find a wreakyard here in the Phoenix area. I know there is a strip several miles long in the southern part of the city, but I have not ventured over there.

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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby Munken » October 17th 2009, 2:11pm

I agree with stoneground1 about "plug and play", but I would lubricate the mechanism with ball bearing grease to keep out water and dirt.I think it pays in the long run. :thumbup:

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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby sturoc » November 12th 2013, 10:02pm

Reviving this, due to not seeing any info on '89 Astro door handles with regards to the rod clips.

i am at the point where all I have to do is get that small rod off the door handle linkage so I can pull out the broken handle and replace.
But I see there is some type of clip that captures the link rod end to hold it in place.
How the heck does that come off ?

I can barely get a needle nose pliers in there but gets no good grip on the clip and not even sure if it does just pull off.

The whole job has been a bit a battle and am starting to wonder how it will all go back together?

Will have to do the same for the pass door as well. ugh.
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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby RECox286 » November 12th 2013, 10:38pm

Outside door handles can be manipulated so that you can disconnect the pull rod from outside of the mounting hole.

Simply remove the two hold down nuts that retain the handle to the door, and pull/twist/extend until the guts come

thru the hole. Now it is much easier to remove the assy from the pull rod.

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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby sturoc » November 12th 2013, 11:11pm

Nice tip worked great and the hold clip is just that , a slide on clip.
Earlier I popped off the window crank 'c' clip with some creative a positioning of a screwdriver
The cranks were on really good so don't think its mandatory to replace that clip.
Starting on Pass door now gonna be alot quicker
Next to order the new door handle assys

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Re: '90 Safari Door Handle Replacement, Grease?

Postby RECox286 » November 13th 2013, 5:24am

One other trick: Drill a hole like the one for the lower nut in the door skin, on top of the latch.

Use a 1/4" drive 10mm swivel socket and long extension to get the upper nut. When you're done,

add a rubber plug like the one below the latch to finish off the installation, and next time you won't

have to take the door trim panel off to get the handle replaced. Works great, especially if you use

a heavy hand when opening the doors. I like to keep the hinges, latches, key tumblers, and handles

lubricated with a shot of WD40 at each oil change interval. Haven't had to change any of those types

of hardware for a long, long time.

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