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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 07-16 GMC Acadia

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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 07-16 GMC Acadia

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped off interior door handle on 12 GMC Acadia

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door pull with a pick
    • Pry off the wood trim piece on the door handle with a pick
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw from the door handle
    • Remove the two T30 Torx screws from the door pull
    • Remove the trim from the door lock with a pick
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up
    • Press the door latch cable tabs and remove it from the opening
    • Slide the cable through the notch and remove ball from the release
    • Disconnect the door panel wiring harnesses and clips
  2. step 2 :Removing the Interior Door Handle
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the door pull
    • Pull off the door pull
    • Slide the door handle back and out of the door panel
  3. step 3 :Installing the Interior Door Handle
    • Slide the door handle into the door panel, starting with the rear
    • Snap in the door handle
    • Put the door pull into place
    • Insert the two Phillips screws into the door panel
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Press the door panel connectors into the door
    • Connect the door panel wiring harnesses
    • Insert the door latch cable into the opening
    • Set the retainer into the latch
    • Line the panel up
    • Snap the retainers into the door
    • Tighten the T30 Torx screw to the door handle
    • Tighten the T30 Torx screws in the door pull
    • Press on the trim piece in the door pull
    • Press on the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Press on the lock cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Bit

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2012 GMC Acadia. We're going to show you to remove and replace the rear interior door handle. We're working on the driver’s side, but this process will be exactly the same on the passenger side. If you like this video, please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this vehicle as well as many other makes and models. If you ever need parts for your car, you can follow the link down in the description over to Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

Behind the door handle, on the interior, you'll find a small notch where you can get a pick in to remove this cover, which will expose a T30 Torx screw. Then using either a flat blade screwdriver or these non-marring pry tools which are available from 1A Auto, pry underneath the wood trim and pop the panel out, giving us access to the remaining two T30 Torx screws. We'll remove all three. You should be able to access these screws with the T30 Torx socket, but ours is too big for the top one, here, so we're going to use a T30 Torx screwdriver.

On our front door, this locks release tab was on the front side, and in the rear, it's facing this way, so yours may be facing one way or the other. For us, we'll have to roll down the window and remove it from the back side. We'll use a small flat blade screwdriver to get in between the lock and this release tab. Pop it out, and lift the lock off of the lock rail.

On the bottom side of the door panel, right about in the center, you'll find this notch, which allows us to use another one of our non-marring pry tools to reach up behind the clip for the door panel. You want to get the fork on either side. Pry out.

As you pop these out, you'll want to either wedge another one of the pry tools in there to keep it from going back together. The more of these you pop out, the easier they get. There are also a few clips behind this upper piece, here. You'll have to make sure you get those out, as well, and along the other side. Once all your tabs have been popped out, lift up and remove your door panel. Push down on the tabs that anchor the latch cable into its slot. We're going to use a small flat blade to get a little more leverage on them. Once it's through, pull the bare wire through the opening, line it up with the slot, and pull the ball out of the interior door latch. Lay the panel out. Pull down on the safety tab for the window switch connector, and then remove it.

To remove the interior door handle from the panel, we'll have to remove this handle here. There's a Philips head screw on either side. We'll start with the front. Flip the panel over and remove the one on the opposite side. Now pull this handle straight and even out of the door. Push to the rear of the panel with the door handle, lift the front out, and then pull toward the front to remove it from the trim.

To re-install the door handle, place the rear in first, and snap the front back in. Take this handle, line it up and install it into the door. Install the Philips head screw back into the front at the bottom, as well as at the top on the backside. You're now ready to re-install your door panel.

Re-install the electrical connector for the power window switch and lock the safety back into place. Re-install the ball on the end of the cable into the door handle, lay it into the groove and then snap the anchor back in. Line up the door lock rod into its slot, snap the top tabs in and lay the top of the door into its channel. You can then begin snapping in the plastic clips on the back. Using your T30 torx screwdriver, re-install the three screws. Re-install the screw covers behind the door handle and over this door pull with the wooden trim, you'll want to set the top into place first, and then line up the rest until it snaps in. Re-install the door lock cover as far as it will go. Be sure that the lock rod is all the way up when you do this. Then snap the cover in and make sure it moves up and down smoothly.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Bit

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