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How To Replace Rear Interior Door Handle 97-03 Chevy Malibu

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How To Replace Rear Interior Door Handle 97-03 Chevy Malibu

Created on: 2014-03-05

Watch this video to learn how to replace an interior door handle. The experts at 1A Auto show how to replace a broken or snapped interior door handle on your 97-03 Chevy Malibu.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Pry off the door handle bezel by hand
    • Pry up the window switch with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harness
    • Pry off the trim piece behind the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts behind the door pull
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step 2 :Removing the Interior Door Handle
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door handle
    • Pull the handle forward and out
    • Disconnect the door handle and lock rod
  3. step 3 :Installing the Interior Door Handle
    • Connect the door handle and lock rod
    • Slide the handle into the door
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the door handle
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • If any clips remain in the door, pull them out with pliers
    • Slide the clips into the door panel
    • If the clips fell off the window switch, slide them back on
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Push on the door handle bezel
    • Insert the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Insert the two 7mm bolts behind the door pull
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Push in the window switch
    • Push on the door pull trim piece

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

    Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Door Panel Removal Tool

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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 remove and reinstall a rear door handle, rear inside door handle, on this 2001 Chevy Malibu, same as any '97 to '03 Malibu. Tools you'll need are a Phillips screwdriver, flat blade screwdriver, 7mm socket with a ratchet and extension, and a door panel clip tool or a putty knife.

Take a Phillips screwdriver. There's a Phillips screw right behind the door handle here. Remove that. That comes off. Gently pry up your window switch. On the back, there's a tab here. Push in and then up. Pull your connection off. There's a little trim bezel here. Pry it out with a screwdriver. Then there are two 7 millimeter bolts back in here. I'll just use a putty knife to kind of pull it out a little bit. Pull the door panel out so I can get my fingers back in there. Pull it, trying to work your way around to where the next clip. Pull. What just fell out of there are the little clips that hold my power window switch. Pull your door panel off. You can see one of our clips kind of stayed behind here. Use a pair of pliers. Pull it out. Then it just slides right back into our panel like that. Again, like you said, that ringing your heard as I pulled the door panel off, was these little clips, and these just slide into your window switch.

To remove this rear door handle, first thing, make sure your child lock is not engaged, then remove this Phillips screw. The reason you're trying to lock, you can't have it engaged because if it's engaged, you can't pull the handle forward, so disengage it. It comes forward and out. Then on the back side here there's a clip, push the clip off, pull that rod out, and then this rod, you just kind of spin and twist the handle right off.

The original handle is in good shape so, the installation, put this one on first. Okay, make sure your clip is back, that rod in and looking through this rod here to see it. Put that rod down in and put that on, pull it forward, push it into the door, push it back. Okay, reinsert your Phillips screwdriver.

Reinstallation is the reverse of the procedure. Make sure you pull that power window switch wire through. Hang it up on top of your window sill there. You just kind of guide the clips all into their holes. It's just the matter of kind of getting an angle, looking in back in there. Basically, they usually they just need to be pushed up a little bit. Then push the clips in. Now, put that bezel around the door handle back on. There's a little insulator. Make sure that goes in there as well. There's a Phillips screw; tighten that up, and then the two 7 millimeter bolts that hold the door pull area. You'll see, as I do this second one, I get a little antsy and multitask a little bit. Put the switch in place at the same time and put it down into place. Then once those are firm, then put the bezel back in place 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:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool


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