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How To Replace Tailgate Handle Bracket 00-06 Chevy Suburban

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How To Replace Tailgate Handle Bracket 00-06 Chevy Suburban

Created on: 2014-05-09

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped off tailgate handle on 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, Chevy Suburban or Tahoe

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Lift the gate glass
    • Remove the window latch cover clips with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Unclip the tailgate panel
    • Lift up the gate glass and slide the panel out
    • Remove the 7mm bolt from the pull handle
    • Remove the pull handle
    • Unclip the lower panel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Tailgate Handle Bracket
    • Remove the handle cable
    • Remove the 10mm nuts from the tailgate handle
    • Pry out on the tailgate handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the T30 Torx bolts from the handle bracket
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Tailgate Handle Bracket
    • Insert the tailgate handle bracket
    • Replace and tighten the T30 Torx bolts
    • Install the tailgate handle
    • Insert and tighten the 10mm nuts onto the tailgate handle
    • Clip the handle cable to the tailgate handle
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Push and re-clip the lower door panel
    • Lift the gate glass to reinstall the upper door panel
    • Replace and tighten the 7mm bolt in the pull handle
    • Replace the clips on the window latch cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the tailgate handle bracket on this 2002 Chevy Suburban. It's the same part and similar process on these Suburbans from 2000 to 2006. The items you'll need is a new tailgate handle from 1AAuto.com, a flat blade screwdriver, a 7mm and 10mm socket, a ratchet, and a pair of pliers, and a T30 Torx driver.

Start off by lifting up your glass, and then you want to push in the center of these clips and pull them out. Do the same for the other one, but ours is broken so it just pulls out. Now, you want to pull down around this panel. You want to just keep doing this until all the clips pull free. Now lift up the glass and slide this panel forward and out.

Now, to remove this lower part of the panel, you want to remove this 7mm bolt, and we'll fast-forward as Don does that. Now, just pull that handle down and out. Now pull out around this panel to release the clips, and your tailgate panel is removed. Using your pliers, push in the tabs on this clip and just pull it out. Then pull the ball out of your door handle, and then remove these two 10mm nuts.

Now remove these two T30 Torx bolts, and the bracket will pull down and out. On the left is the old bracket; on the right is the new one from 1AAuto. You can see they are identical, and they are going to fit exactly the same. Feed your bracket back up into place and replace those two T30 Torx bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Don tightens those up and replaces those two 10mm nuts and tightens those up as well. Now push the cable back into the handle, and then pull back this clip, and push it into place.

To re-install your tailgate panel, you want to just line up the clips and then just push them into place. Now, when re-installing the top part, you want to lift up the glass. If your tailgate goes to a certain point that glass will actually close, or if you move the tailgate too much, so just be careful, watch your fingers, and don't put your head too high up so that it hits you in the head.

You want to just line up these clips and start pushing them back into place. You want to make sure you tuck this part up and over that latch before the glass closes down on it. If the glass does fall before you've got it where it need to be, you can just lift the glass up again and re-clip it up and over it. Just make sure all these clips are hit in. Then we'll fast-forward as Don replaces that pole handle and the 7mm bolt that holds it into place. Then replace these two clips. 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:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver


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