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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:50 pm 
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I know this doesn't have anything to do with modifying, or upgrading, but I need to removed the door handle from my 94 metro. The driver side is broken, and I am in the process of removing the trim, i've gotten the manual window crank off, and the arm rest screws out, but now, it's stuck....how exactly do i remove the rest of it??? None of the topics cover this, at least as far as i've searched, and the manual i have just says it slides off...but if i look up, there's rods attaching the interior door handle to the door....looking up, i can also see that the lower half of the trim is screwed into the upper half, not sure if i'm supposed to remove the connecting screws or not.

Either way, i'm lost as to what to do next, and I'd really like to be able to get the door handle fixed, getting into the car through the passenger side is becoming slightly annoying. Thanks for any suggestions!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:00 pm 
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The whole door panel assembly (top and bottom parts that are screwed together) comes off in one piece, don't take them apart. There are little snaps that secure the door panel to the door, those you just pull on individually, and they come off.

You might've missed the screw in the interior door handle. Take it out and then after unsnapping all of the panel snaps, unhook the interior handle from the door by pushing it towards the front of the car (there are four plastic hook-like things on the back of the interior handle) and lift up on the panel (which should pop the top edge of the panel off the window frame). You can then turn the interior handle so that it slips through the hole in the panel and the panel should come off, leaving the handle dangling.


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I can't seem to push the handle at all towards the front of the car....it doesn't really budge, all i've managed to do is crack it...the rear end of the trim(towards the rear of the car) moves up easily, and atrempts to come off, but the front end seems to be connected to some plastic next to the side view mirror....i can't see any hooks on the handle when i look up between the trim and door, but i can see that there is a piece of plastic connected to the door just behind the side view mirror, and that it is connected to the trim....awesome that the manual i have doesn't mention any of this!

edit: I went and looked at it, and it might not be a seperate piece of plasitc, but whatever it is, that end of the trim will not move at all...be it because of the door handle, or some other reason..


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:13 am 
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I ended up figuring it out...the 94 interior handle doesn't push forward, the outer plastic pops off...


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You might find this handy:
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You can use a panel puller, or even your fingers to work the clips loose, then then you should be able to slide it up.

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ryboto wrote:
I ended up figuring it out...the 94 interior handle doesn't push forward, the outer plastic pops off...


Figures... I didn't think there was a major change in the interiors before '95. I guess I need to do more studying at the wrecker's (and not take my wallet with me). :D


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 Post subject: Re: door trim
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:22 pm 
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I just had to remove door panel on my '97.

Turns out that there is a c-clip right tight up against the handle that is hard to see unless you are looking for it, and its hidden by the flexible spacer trim washer. The crank handle is easiest to remove BEFORE anything else on the door panel is loose. I fished for the end of the c clip loop opposite the crank knob, and hooked it with a small allen wrench and pulled it loose... handle slides right off.

The remove door handle and latch/lock screw. Pop off the mirror cover. Then work from the bottom and pop loose the panel fasteners. finally lift the panel about 1/2" to lift over window sill lip......

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:49 pm 
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Window Crank Handle Removal pics found here
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 Post subject: Re: door trim
PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:53 pm 
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To remove the door panel

1) Roll the window down all the way
2) Remove the 4 screws from the door handle. 2 are under covers/plugs and 2 are in the recessed area you can pull the door closed from.
3) Remove the window crank handle. You'll need or at least want to have a hook tool to hook onto the clip that holds the window crank handle on. Image
4) Unsnap all the retainers that hold the door panel on. Do this by starting at the bottom and pulling away from the door. Work your way to the top and then work your way the other way to the other side of the top of the panel.
5) Lift up on the panel and it should come right out. If the window was up right now it would be real hard to get the panel off as you get more room when the seal isn't pressing against the glass.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:10 pm 
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Or take a face towel and just wiggle it up behind the cover plate and pull it back and forth and you should hear a pop, and the clip comes right out.

I'm cheap, what can I say... :lol:

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I'm cheap, what can I say... :lol:


Or you can just use the bottom of your t-shirt. That's cheap. :D

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This is an old thread but hey, might as well keep the topic to one thread. =)

I ripped the rag in half so I used a putty knife to get the window handle clips out.

Thanks for the pics! At least from them I knew where to aim. :razz:

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Hey there..!! I am new to this post so I don't have much idea about this so please give me some useful information related to this so even I can be the part of this post.
Thanks in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: door trim
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Well look who decided to stop in!

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Well look who decided to stop in!

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Ya, I was wondering about braindeads (sorry Scott if you're legit) post.


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