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How To Replace Outside Front Door Handle 07-13 Chevy Silverado

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How To Replace Outside Front Door Handle 07-13 Chevy Silverado

Created on: 2013-09-30

Watch this video to learn how to replace an exterior door handle. The experts at 1A Auto show how to replace a broken or snapped outside door handle on your 07-13 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the trim piece at the front top corner of the door panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts inside the door pull
    • Remove the 10mm bolt inside the door handle
    • Remove the panel under the handle
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts underneath the handle
    • Pry up the window switch panel
    • Disconnect the switch wiring harnesses
    • Pull the lock up and pry out the panel on the lock
    • Life the lock up and off
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle with pliers
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Handle
    • Remove the 10mm bolt in the door
    • Release the yellow clip on the door rod
    • Push the door lock rod away from the red clip
    • Remove the rubber cap
    • Remove the 10mm bolt in the door
    • Pull the handle out, forward, and up and down to release it
    • Remove the lock rod from the handle
    • Remove the clip holding the lock cylinder
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Door Handle
    • Insert the lock rod from the handle
    • Insert the clip holding the lock cylinder
    • Insert the door handle into place
    • Insert and tighten the two 10mm bolts in the door
    • Replace the rubber cap
    • Insert the door lock rod into place and re-clip it
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Push in the lock and the panel on the lock
    • Insert and tighten the two 10mm bolts underneath the handle
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts inside the door pull
    • Insert the 10mm bolt inside the door handle
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Push in the switch panel
    • Insert the panel under the handle
    • Push in the trim piece inside the door pull
    • Push in the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Push in the trim piece at the front top corner of the door panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Mike 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 an exterior door handle on this 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500. It's a similar process on a large variety of GM SUVs and pickup trucks from 2007 to 2012. The tools that you'll need for this is a flat blade screwdriver, a 10mm socket and ratchet with an extension, and a pair of needle nose pliers.

Using a flat blade screwdriver, you want to remove these three panels. The one behind the door handle, this door pull handle panel, and that triangular panel at the top there. Once those are removed, you'll see there are three 10mm bolts here. We'll fast-forward as he removes those. You want to remove this little panel under this handle right here. Pry that out with your flat blade.

Now you want to remove these two 10mm bolts right here. You want to pry up that switch panel and disconnect these harnesses. Just push in the tab on the top and pull back on them. For this lead there's a tab on the back of it. You want to pry out that tab and then the clip will actually pull up and out. Now pull your lock up and there's a little panel right here, just a little clip. You want to pry that out with the flat blade screwdriver. Once you pry that out you can lift that right up and off.

Now you can start prying off the door panel. Reach behind it and give it a sharp pull to release those clips. You want to do this all the way around the panel. Once you do that you can lift it off and then you want to tilt it. Now if you go in behind the door panel here, you'll see this door handle cable door here. Using needle nose pliers, push the clip inward and you can pull that up and out. Carefully remove your water shield. We did speed the video up. You want to remove it nice and slow. Do your best not to rip or tear it.

Now you want to remove this 10mm bolt right here, and you want to release this yellow clip. And then up, further up in the door, there's this little red tab here. You want to push the rod away from it towards the outside of the door. To open that clip, you literally just pop it open. This one, like I said, push it straight back. We'll fast-forward as he removes that bolt. Now remove this cap and that 10mm bolt in there. Pull the handle out. and then push it forward a little bit. and then it's kind of a little bit moving it back and forth, up and down a little bit to get it to release out from the door.

As you can see, there's nothing wrong with our old door handle, so we're just going to show you how to do this. You would remove that rod and then install it in your new door handle, and then remove this clip. This clip holds the lock cylinder in. Use a flat blade screwdriver and pry it out. You could also use a pair of pliers. Pull it out, and then there are two ways to put it back together. You see the lock cylinder comes out. Put the lock cylinder into your new handle.

You could either do it this way, then put the clip in, or you could actually put the clip in first and then snap the lock into the door handle with the clip in it already. To reinstall the door handle, you want to put that rod back down through the door. Slide it back and push it into place. We'll fast-forward as he replaces and tightens up those 10mm bolts. You want to re-clip those rods back into place and replace that rubber cap.

You can put your water shield back. Make sure that the wire harnesses and the door cable are pulled through. You want to make sure that these door panel clips line up in those holes, and that these hooks line up in these slots. Now you want to take that door handle cable, put it back into its clip. Pull back on it and feed it into that little spot there and run all your harnesses up through where the door switch panel is.

You want to make sure that this lock tab goes up through the door panel. You want to align the door panel up on the window sill. Then once it's lined up, you can push in the clips all the way around. Take your lock, slide it back onto the tab there, and reapply that little square clip. We'll fast-forward as he replaces the two 10mm bolts under this handle here, as well as the 10mm bolt behind the door handle. Now reconnect the harnesses to the door switch panel and push it down into place. We'll continue to fast-forward as he replaces that pull handle and the two 10mm bolts to secure it. Now you want to replace those four trim panels.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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