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How to Replace Front Exterior Door Handle 07-13 Chevy Suburban

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  1. step : Removing the Front Door Panel (0:24)
    • Press the DOME OFF button
    • Pry off the sail panel with a plastic trim tool
    • Pry off the trim panel behind the door panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the trim panel behind the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull up the door lock
    • Pry off the trim door on the door lock
    • Remove the door lock tab
    • Pry up the master switch panel with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Remove the 10mm bolt behind the door handle
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts behind the door pull
    • Pry the door panel out around the edges
    • Lift the door panel up
    • Press the tab on the door latch cable
    • Rotate the cable and press the second tab
    • Remove the cable
  2. step : Removing the Exterior Door Handle (3:54)
    • Carefully peel the water shield
    • Unclip the door lock rod from the door actuator clip with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the door handle
    • Lift the door handle out
    • Unclip the clip from the door handle rod
  3. step : Installing the Exterior Door Handle (8:19)
    • Connect the door handle rod to the clip
    • Insert the door handle into the door
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the door handle
    • Press on the rubber grommet
    • Clip the door lock rod to the clip on the actuator
  4. step : Reinstalling the Front Door Panel (11:58)
    • Clip in the door latch cable
    • Lift the door panel up onto the door
    • Press in the clips
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts behind the door pull
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt behind the door handle
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the master switch panel
    • Press the master switch panel into the door
    • Press on the trim behind the door handle
    • Press on the trim behind the door pull
    • Press on the sail panel
    • Clip on the lock tab and trim piece

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We're going to actually hit our dome lamp override, which just turns off the dome lamp. Then we're going to start up here at the corner. You can use a plastic trim tool, but I can just get my fingers behind here, pull straight out and off. You want to avoid pulling it this way, because as you can see this broke off in there. It still has two clips left though, so it'll secure fine. Then we're going to remove three other trim panels. And behind the door handle, put a small screwdriver in here, pry the bottom out and bring that out. You can see a 10mm bolt there. Then behind the door pull, use a small screwdriver to pull that out. Two more 10mm bolts are in there. Then your door lock, you want to kind of pull up a little bit and pry with a small flat blade screwdriver. That comes up and off. Make sure you retrieve that little piece if it flies out. If this comes out, just retrieve it and don't put it all the way in. Just put it like that. Additionally, you need to pull up your trim panel, plastic trim tool available on and put it in the back and pull up.

Okay, and then work it in at the front as well. You can see there's two clips at the front and rear. If you don't have a trim tool, but you have strong fingernails, you can get it out, and then just pull straight up on front as well. Then there's four harnesses to disconnect and you might have more. If you have more options, just press the tabs and pull out. Use a 10mm socket with ratchet and extension, and remove those three 10 mm bolts. These ones may stay in there after you get them loosened up. And in that case, they'll just fall down, and you can retrieve them after you take the door panel off.

Now, there's a series of clips around the edge. I usually start at the top, pull straight out, and just work your hand down. Pull firmly. Then the bottom and the side, and then door panel can come up and off. And then you'll want to disconnect your door handle, which is a matter of pressing on the tabs. There's two tabs, so press one, pull through, rotate around. Press on the other one. That allows you to move that back, bring it up and around, and your door panel comes off.

We're going to take our window master switch, and we're going to plug it back in so we can put the window up. These plugs here are coded, meaning they have little slots that line up, so they'll only plug in one way because we've only got three plugs, but there's more than three spots. This has some ears here that match up with this connector here. The same thing for this one. It only matches with these, so if you try to put in the wrong ones, it won't fit. You got to find the right. It will slide in. I'm just going to turn the ignition on and put the window up. Then we turn the ignition off. You can unplug this switch again so it's not dangling and in your way. Just put it aside so it doesn't get broken.

Now, to get to the bolts that are on the backside here, we have to pull this water barrier off. It's got some sticky like strip caulk stuff. Just peel it off. It'll just go back on there. If it's really sticky, you can take a razor blade and just cut it as you're pulling it away, but just gently work it off, so you don't rip this foam. For the most part, you can reuse this. It will still be sticky, but you may want to get some new strip caulk to put on here when we replace it, so just be aware of that when you take it off.

The first thing we're going to do before we loosen the outside door handle is to undo it from this lock rod while it's still attached to the car will make it a little bit easier. We'll use a flat headed screwdriver. There's a little lock tab. Just got to kind of push it out and at the same time, and try to pop it off. See if I can get another hand in there just like this. There it is. It's a little tricky, but once you get it, it pops right off, so now that's nice and free. Now we need to get to the two bolts that hold the outside door handle on. There's one in here. There's one underneath this rubber cover. We're just going to use our plastic prying tool to just pop this cap off. Just put that aside so you don't lose it. Then we take our 10 millimeter socket and ratchet, put it through that opening in the door panel. I'm going to start to loosen it. Try not to drop the bolts in there, but door the door panel's pretty wide open if you drop it. Now we're going to do the other 10 millimeter bolt. Now what you want to do with your hand that you're not using with the ratchet is just put it on the outside door handle so it doesn't fall as you loosen it.

To get this door handle out now, we have to slide it to the front, and then lift if out. I may have to go around the backside and help feed it out. It's got another little tab, so if you twist it down, and then you need to feed out. Disconnect it from this arm here. There you go. That's how you remove the door handle.

Now we're going to reinstall the door handle. You start by fishing in the door lock actuator rod. Then you want to connect it to this one. That just pushes over like that. You need to sort of maneuver it in. This you can push, it's spring loaded, to get it to go under there.

Now, remember, there was a hook on the back of this. It kind of has to go to the forward position a little bit and then slide back. That's installed from the outside. Now we need to go to the backside and install the 10 millimeter bolts that hold it on. The torque for the little bolts that hold the door handle on is 53 inch-pounds. If you don't have an inch pound torque wrench, just make sure you tighten them very gently. Use your wrist, not your arm as you tighten them down. As you just feel them to get tight, you should stop, because if you go too far, they will strip out the plastic or crack the plastic.

To put these 10 millimeter bolts back through the door, to help you not drop them into the door while you're trying to feed them in there, you can take a little bit of blue masking tape and just sort of tape them so they stay in there. Just fold that over so it fits through. You just have to fish it in.

See, the hole is basically straight in from this opening. I recommend doing this by hand first to make sure you don't cross thread them. You'll just feel it. Just hold your hand on the outside door handle so you don't push it out, and just start to thread them in. The torque on these is going to be 53 inch pounds, so I'm just going to thread them in as strong as I can by my fingers, and then I'll come back with the torque wrench once I have the other side in. We got the other bolt in. Have to feed it around the window regulator cable. That one feels pretty tight. Now I'm going to take our inch pound torque wrench I've set to 53 inch pounds. That's it. It doesn't take a lot of torque. Now that these bolts are tight, you're going to take that grommet, put it back in the hole. All right, after you reinstall the door handle, you now need to reconnect the door handle actuator rod to latch the actuator assembly. That's just going to slide in here. You just kind of roll it up and over. It will lock down.

All right, now we're ready to install this back on the door handle. Just going to feed our wires through for the door switches and mirror. See the little channel that it was in. You just sort of push it down in.

First, you want to just make sure that your bolts come out and you retrieve them. There are two tabs here that just go right in to the door and rest conveniently so that's supported. Then you can put this up. Make sure you have four harnesses that poke up through the opening, here, or more if you have more options on your truck. Then reconnect your cable, slide the ball in, pull out, and push.

Make sure all your harnesses are up and through. Now that your cable's on, this ridge actually needs to go down into this channel here. So, hit the panel up into place. A little higher, you see it slides down. It should go down even. This should come right up through your lock rod. Then, if you look back in, you can actually see this pin here lines right up, and you can just go right around and lock the pins into place. So we want to be able to take these bolts and put them in. They’re a little bit loose, though. So, if you just take a piece of painter's tape, put it on the head of the bolt, stuff your socket on there, and it stays much better. You can guide it right in and start it out. If the painter's tape does stay behind, it's not a big deal, but tighten it by hand first to make sure it's in, and then tighten it up.

This one is pretty easy to get into place. Put the lockdown on. Snap that in place. This one, the round side goes underneath. Put this into place. Switch panel, these all only go in one way. So, like this one won't plug into there. It won't plug into there. It'll only plug into there. Then this one will only plug into there. This one can go in place. The last one, again, it has three tabs. One of ours is broken. Make sure it goes right straight in, kind of look in behind.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 6mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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