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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 97-05 Chevy Venture

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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 97-05 Chevy Venture

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped off exterior door handle on Chevy Venture and Pontiac Montana models, years 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, and 05.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pry off the door handle bezel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove two 10mm bolts from the door pull
    • Pull off the mirror base trim panel by hand
    • Pull off the door panel by hand
    • Peel back the water shield
    • For more detailed instructions, please see the 1998 door panel replacement video
  2. step 2 :Disconnecting the Window
    • Unlock the window from the window track with the tabs
    • Slide the window track backwards
    • Raise the window by hand
    • Hold the window in place with painter's tape
  3. step 3 :Removing the Door Handle
    • Pull the rubber plug out of the door
    • Remove the three 10mm bolts from the door handle
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Pull the door handle out from the outside of the door
    • Pry the latch rod out of the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the handle out of the door
  4. step 4 :Preparing the New Door Handle
    • Pry off the lock cylinder clip from the old handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the lock cylinder clip out of the old handle
    • Push the lock cylinder into the new handle
    • Push the lock cylinder clip onto the new handle
  5. step 5 :Installing the New Door Handle
    • Feed the lock wiring harness into the door
    • Push the latch rod into the new handle
    • Push the door handle into place
    • Insert the three 10mm bolts into the door handle
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Push the rubber plug into the door
  6. step 6 :Reconnecting the Window
    • Remove the painter's tape from the window
    • Lower the window by hand onto the track
    • Slide the track forward
    • Lock the window into the track
  7. step 7 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push on the door handle bezel
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the door pull
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push the window switch panel into place
    • For more detailed instructions, please see the 1998 door panel replacement video

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly: that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace the outside door handle on this '98 Chevy Venture, same as any Venture, Transport, Montana, or Silhouette from '97 to '05. We're going to show you the driver's side. The passenger's side is basically the same. Tools you'll need are a flat blade screwdriver and a 10mm socket and ratchet with extension.

We're going to start out here fast forwarding through removing the door panel. If you want to see this in in regular speed, just check out our other videos for the Venture door panel removal. It's not that difficult. It's a matter of removing your switch plate, disconnecting some leads, removing a couple of bolts, releasing the clips and then pulling it off. Then remove your water shield.

Next, you want to unlock your window from your window track. It sounds a little weird, but basically, there are a couple tabs: one here and then one here. You press those tabs and at the same time you can see this is sliding. Slide your window track back. That unlocks the window. Now you can see I lifted the window up. I used painter's tape just to secure it. With your window open and out of the way, you're going to want to remove three bolts: one there, one through this hole here and one through this hole which I already removed. There's a black plug on here that I removed. Let's see if I can see that bolt in there. There it is right there. You remove those three bolts. They're 10mm bolts. You'll want a ratchet with a 10mm socket and extension. Get right in there. Obviously you don't need this long of an extension but probably a 6 inch will do. As you're removing these, if you can, be careful not to let them fall down but if they do, they just kind of fall down and you can grab them as you'll see. They fall right down. You're going to want to unplug this lead here.

Now, from the outside just take your handle and pull it out. Then, you need a screwdriver. Work it right in there and push that out. Then on your handle, pull this harness out. Your handle comes up and off.

If you have a new handle, you'll want to transfer your lock mechanism which you just push this wire retainer off. The lock mechanism slides out. Put it back in. Slide the retainer on. Obviously, putting the handle back on, you want to do this one first. You want to feed your harness in here and make sure it goes behind this channel here so it doesn't get stuck in the window. Put that on first. Now put that on. Now, push your handle in from the inside. See, I've got my extension and my 10 mm socket. Feed my bolt in there. We'll fast forward through that same procedure for the other two bolts and then you'll want to use your ratchet handle and tighten them up nice and snug. They don't have to be too tight. Then finally reconnect your power lock harness. Then put that little rubber grommet or plug back in. Kind of just get one side in and squeeze it in.

Slowly bring your window down. Make sure it stays in its track. Slide the track back and the window does need to go into these black clips here. Slide that back, secure it. Like the beginning we're going to fast forward through replacing the water shield and then putting on the door panel. Again, if you want to see this in regular speed just check out our other videos and we hope this helps you out.

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:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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