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door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Jasen [OP] » March 21st 2010, 11:40pm

I was going to drill another access hole as some others have done, but after taking a good look at it, this is what I did. The hardest part was popping all the rods without drawing blood.

Use a large blade screw driver and weasel it in and twist it to pop the rods if you can't get them off by hand.
Disconnect the interior handle and interior locking rods from the latch cartridge and then the lock cylinder to latch cartridge rod, remove the 3 cartridge retaining screws at the end of the door, then you can move the cartridge out of the way to get to the latch cartridge to ext. handle rod. Now just move the latch cartridge out of your way, no need to take it out of the door. Put a 10mm socket on an extension and remove the top handle nut through the hole you just created and pop the plastic access plug just below the latch cartridge to get access to the lower nut.
I used some needle nose vice grips to reinstall the rod back onto the ext. handle. Make sure the cartridge to lock cylinder rod is in front or towards the hinge end of the door before reinstalling the ext. handle rod. Then reinstall the latch cartridge, the cartridge to lock cylinder rods and then to two interior controls rods.

It was easy as pie with the latch cartridge out of the way.

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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Mr_Bowtie » March 22nd 2010, 12:02am

Another way to do it. I thought it would be too much work that way....so I spent like a hour trying to get my fat hand up in there and get that top nut on. Sucked....maybe next time I will pull that lock assembly out. :D

Just in case anyone is thinking about it the bottom nut will hold the handle in for a few months...then eventually without that top nut on there the handle will break. :whistle:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Jasen [OP] » March 22nd 2010, 12:18am

It took me about 30 mins. not counting R&Ring the door panel. But now that I got it figured out, I could probably pop the door panel, change the handle and have the door panel back on in 20 mins.
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Mr_Bowtie » March 22nd 2010, 12:27am

Once I found a good way to position my body I got the top nut on pretty easy. Just took me a while to get my fat azz placed right. :lol:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby sufferee » March 22nd 2010, 12:31am

cool. now we know. thanks jasen.
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby kennyj » March 22nd 2010, 1:06am

When I first looked at your pic I thought you took the sawzall to it to make an access, then I got that you took out the latch! :doh:
Great idea... I'll know where to start when I go after my handles. :rockon:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Jasen [OP] » March 22nd 2010, 1:15am

The sawzall woulda required me to drag out my 50' and 25' extension cords, so i went this route :lol:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby astro355 » March 22nd 2010, 1:19am

I would still round off all of those sharp edges. Kind of amazing when you think about how old that van is and still how sharp some of the edges are. Even lining the edges would have been better than losing blood over it.
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Jasen [OP] » March 22nd 2010, 1:22am

Look who's callen who's van old :roll: :lol: ;)

It was only a little blood that I got when the lock cylinder rod finally popped off :lol:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby kennyj » March 22nd 2010, 1:28am

Jasen wrote:The sawzall woulda required me to drag out my 50' and 25' extension cords, so i went this route :lol:

Or this...
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Jasen [OP] » March 22nd 2010, 1:32am

Those are perfect for quick little jobs, but I'll be getting this one because I already have 3 batteries from my drill and impact driver.

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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby Vance Stafarinelli » March 22nd 2010, 2:39am

which door is this?
i changed the slide door handle on my 1994
and the back door #1 on the 2005
with little difficulty and no cutting.
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby rev_les » March 22nd 2010, 2:42am

OOPS.... I did my last one the same way and never got around to posting the info, lol. :shhh:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby JaxSPL » March 22nd 2010, 7:43pm

I just went through this with my recent door swaps. And yea, if that top bolt is not on there, it may last up to a month. I forget to tighten it down on the drive side. Not even a week and I had to tear into the door again to fix the problem. UGH!

But even with the lock out of the way, my hands still had a hard time getting in there twisted th eright way.
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby rev_les » March 23rd 2010, 11:02pm

JaxSPL wrote:I just went through this with my recent door swaps. And yea, if that top bolt is not on there, it may last up to a month. I forget to tighten it down on the drive side. Not even a week and I had to tear into the door again to fix the problem. UGH!

But even with the lock out of the way, my hands still had a hard time getting in there twisted th eright way.

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Postby Mr_Bowtie » March 23rd 2010, 11:54pm

rev_les wrote:OOPS.... I did my last one the same way and never got around to posting the info, lol. :shhh:


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Postby Jasen [OP] » March 25th 2010, 12:00am

Mr_Bowtie wrote:
rev_les wrote:OOPS.... I did my last one the same way and never got around to posting the info, lol. :shhh:


Why not don't you care about us enough? :crying:


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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby rev_les » March 25th 2010, 3:12am

Jasen wrote:
Mr_Bowtie wrote:
rev_les wrote:OOPS.... I did my last one the same way and never got around to posting the info, lol. :shhh:


Why not don't you care about us enough? :crying:


I care Bowtie :D

Jasen has enough love for the both of us !! :text-imsorry:

*edit...I DO know I've described removing the handle, just not a play by play :mrgreen:
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Re: door handle replacement, I did it a little differently

Postby fonman4277 » March 30th 2010, 2:46pm

I just finished the install of my passenger door handle, and I too, have big hands. I was deeply regretting starting this project, as my handle wasn't really broken, but was sunk in, giving the door a funny feel/sound when shutting it. Didn't bother me, but it bugged my wife and daughter, who thought the door was going to fly open while we are driving. Like most of what I read here, I was very confused as to how to put the damn thing back together. After re-reading this section again and studying it the light bulb finally went off and I got it put back together and working again. Thanks for the help!! Jeff
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