How to Install Your Chevrolet Door Handle
If you were to accidentally damage or break your Chevy door handle due to excessive force due in one powerful pull or through a series of hard pulls through the years then there's a way to fix it. You can install a new door handle for your Chevrolet by yourself in a DIY fashion.
What You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Set of ¼-inch drive sockets
- Long pair of needle nose pliers
- Inside and/or outside car door handle
Interior Door Handle Installation
Step 1:If it's the door handle from the inside of your car that's broken, you need to unscew the Philips screws or clips that's holding your door panel into place. Use a Philips screwdriver for screws and your flathead screwdriver for the clips.
Step 2:Work carefully when removing the panels so as not to damage it. Unhook the broken handle from the door's long-handle wires that connect to the pull mechanism of the component in question. With a little help, the wires should slip off the handle easily.
Step 3:Unscrew the handle from the door, remove it, then set the new car door into place. Do everything in reverse order. Screw the door handle with your screwdriver. You can either use the old screws or some new screws depending on which makes more sense.
Step 4:Connect the door handle wires to the door handle. Test the handle to see if it works before finishing up the job. Pop in the screws or clips for the door panel. If you've done everything correctly, your door handle should work like brand new.
Exterior Door Handle Installation
Step 1:As for exterior door handle installation, it's a bit different and more labor-intensive. Take off the screws in the armrest. If present, take off the screw inside the door handle as well. Remove the cover for the outside-view mirror over the inside bolts.
Step 2:Remove any screws on the outside of the door panel too. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the trim fasteners around the door panel, between the door and the panel. They have an upside-down hook to them.
Step 3:Lift the panel up in order to release these hooks. Disconnect the electrical connectors too (usually for the automatic window). Remove the plastic vapor barrier from the door's rear in order to get to the access hole.
Step 4:From inside the door handle, remove the two operating rods as well. The window should be all the way up as you do all this. Twist the plastic retaining clip by the end of the rod where it's attached to the latch with needle nose pliers. This will release the rod.
Step 5:From there, pull the rod out of the latch. The door opening rod is the rod towards the front of the door. Meanwhile, the rod on the rear is the locking mechanism rod.
Step 6:Use a ¼-inch drive socket to remove the two nuts on the door then pull the handle out as carefully as possible. Now you can install a new door handle. Reinstall everything in reverse order. You're now done.
Obviously, installation of interior door handles is easier than replacing broken exterior handles. Thusly, even though keeping both handles safe is in your best interest, you should take extra care in making sure your exterior handles aren't broken. Keep your vehicle inside your garage to avoid thieves from forcing entry into your vehicle for good measure.
Replacement Door Handle
Replacement door handles are made from high-tensile strength metal to specifically maintain the handles' durability under a wide range of outdoor conditions. These door handles are carefully measured and fit to guarantee that they stay securely in place after installation--no wobbly or shaky bits here. Attachment points are also treated to guarantee that they will not bend or warp under intense heat or cold. Note, however, that these handles are not designed with space for a built-in keyhole. These Replacement brand parts are specifically designed to balance out quality and affordability, with no compromise to quality. Replacement door handles come with a full-year, unlimited-mile coverage warranty.
AutoTrust Gold Door Handle
Hewn from either high-grade metals or treated plastics, AutoTrust Gold door handles are built to endure a whole range of external pressures and weather conditions. They are fit specifically for the makes and models that they are designed for--it's a guaranteed fit for the car every time. Hinges and attachment points are likewise reinforced to ensure that they don't snap off or break away even when exposed to extremes of heat and cold. These door handles, however, do not have provision for door locks. Like al AutoTrust Gold replacement parts, these door handles come with an extra long 5-year limited warranty.
Dorman Door Handle
Made from carefully treated and coated plastics, Dorman door handles are designed not to bend and warp no matter what the weather conditions they have to face. These handles have also been chromed for added style and wear-resistance. They're molded after the exact OE specifications for the makes and models that they are designed for--this guarantees an exact and perfect fit every time. All connection points to the car are likewise reinforced to prevent them from simply breaking off when under strain. The Dorman door handles, however, do not come with provision for a door lock hole. As with all Dorman products, it comes with a lifetime limited warranty.