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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 00-06 Chevy Suburban

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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 00-06 Chevy Suburban

Created on: 2014-04-28

Watch as we guide you through the process of removing and replacing the exterior door handle on a 00-06 Chevy Suburban.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the window switch panel by hand
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harness
    • Remove the 8mm bolt behind the switch panel
    • Remove the 8mm bolt behind the door pull
    • Remove the 8mm bolt at the bottom of the door panel
    • Pull off the mirror base trim panel by hand
    • Pry off the inside door handle bezel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the inside door handle bezel over the handle
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Pry the courtesy light out of the door panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the courtesy light wiring harness
    • Disconnect the door speaker wiring harness
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Unclip the inside door handle latch rod with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the inside door handle
    • Slide the door handle forward and off
    • Carefully, peel back the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Outside Door Handle
    • Pry off the rubber bolt cover plug with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the three 10mm nuts from the back of the outside door handle
    • Unclip the latch rod from the outside door handle
    • Unclip the lock rod from the outside door handle
  3. step 3 :Preparing the New Outside Door Handle
    • Pry the door lock clip out of the old door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the lock out of the old door handle
    • Paint the new door handle to match your vehicle if desired
    • Push the lock into the new door handle
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Outside Door Handle
    • Push the new door handle into place
    • Fasten the three 10mm nuts onto the door handle
    • Clip the lock rod onto the outside door handle
    • Clip the latch rod onto the outside door handle
    • Push the rubber bolt cover plug into place
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Clip the latch rod onto the inside door handle
    • Put the inside door handle into place
    • Insert the 10mm bolt into the inside door handle
    • Pry out the manual lock switch with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Connect the speaker wiring harness
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Pull the courtesy light wiring harness through its cavity
    • Connect the courtesy light wiring harness
    • Push the courtesy light into the door panel
    • Push the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Push in the manual lock switch
    • Insert the 8mm bolt behind the door pull
    • Insert the 8mm bolt behind the switch panel
    • Insert the 8mm bolt in the bottom of the door panel
    • Slide on the door handle bezel
    • Push the bezel into place
    • Push on the mirror base trim panel
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Push the switch panel into the door panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    10mm Wrench

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the exterior door handle on this 2002 Chevy Suburban. We show you on the passenger side but the driver side is the same procedure. The items you'll need for this are a new exterior door handle from one 1AAuto.com, a flat blade screwdriver, an 8 and 10 millimeter socket and ratchet with an extension, and a 10 millimeter wrench.

Start off by prying up your switch panel and then pushing the tab on the harness and disconnecting it. Next remove this eight millimeter bolt, this eight millimeter bolt right here, and this eight millimeter bolt at the bottom of your door panel. We'll just fast forward as Don removes those three bolts. Pull out on this triangle panel and then pry out on this panel from the outside and then slide it over the handle and out. Now, lift the door panel up and pull it free. Next, pry out your courtesy light and just push it through the door panel, and then pry out on the tab and disconnect the harness. Push the tab on this harness and disconnect it. Then, pry out on the tab on this harness and pull it free. There your door panel is free.

Using a flat blade screwdriver, just pry this clip off your door handle rod, and then pull the rod out. Now, remove this 10 millimeter bolt. Now slide the door handle towards the inside of the vehicle and out. Then just carefully pull back the water shield, making sure you don't damage it. I'll fast forward as Don does this.

Then, pry out this cap. In here, you'll see a 10 millimeter nut, right there, and there's another 10 millimeter nut right inside here, as you can see straight back behind by that green clip, and then there's one more 10 millimeter nut on the back side of the door handle, up in the top left corner. We'll fast forward as Don removes these. You want to use that 10 millimeter wrench for that one in the top left corner, and then, for the other two, through those holes, you can just use a socket and ratchet. Now flip this green clip off the door handle rod and then pull out this lock rod by disconnecting the clip the same way as the green one, and then just angle the door handle down and out. You'll have to swap over your lock, so just pry out this clip and then pull the lock free.

On the left, is the old door handle. On the right, is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical and they'll fit exactly the same. If you want it to match your vehicle, then you want to just take the door handle to an auto parts store, the paint department, get a can of matching paint, and paint it to match your vehicle.

Push your lock into your new door handle, and then, feed the door handle into place. We'll fast forward as Don replaces those three 10 millimeter nuts. Now re-clip your lock rod and door handle rod and replace this cap. Now, replace your water shield, making sure all the harnesses are pulled through. Put your door handle rod back into place in the interior door handle and re-clip it, and then push the tabs on the door handle back into the door, and slide it back towards the outside of the vehicle. Then replace that 10 millimeter bolt.

Now, to make putting the door panel back on easier, it helps to just pry out your manual lock switch. It just pulls right out. Then you want to reconnect your harnesses, and then pull your courtesy light harness through the door panel and reconnect your courtesy light. Then push it back into place in the door panel. Then put those hooks into those bottom slots and then slide the door panel back in place. Make sure all the clips are lining up, your harnesses are pulled through, and that it's fully back in place. Now line up the rod with the manual lock, and push it back in, and then, replace those three 8 millimeter bolts. Now, you want the inside of this panel to go in first, so slide it over your door handle, and then, tuck that inside end in first, then the middle tab, and then, the back tab. Replace this triangular panel and then reconnect your switch pack harness, push the back end and then push the front end, and you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench

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