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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu Front Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement

Fits years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

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Tools required:

  • 7mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Door Panel Clip Tool (or putty knife)

Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and life the power window control panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the UNDERSIDE of the control panel.

NOTE: These harnesses may be difficult to remove. If this is the case, use the flathead screwdriver to depress the retaining tabs on the plugs.

Step 3: Pry and remove the triangular trim panel near the side mirror mount.

Step 4: Pry and remove the screw cover located INSIDE the interior door pull. Loosen and remove the 7mm bolts (2).

Step 5: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 6: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel panel. Disengage the retaining clip (1) to remove the locking cable/rod from the back of the handle.

Step 7: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), you can now pry and separate the interior door panel from the door frame.

A series of retaining clips secures the door panel to the frame. By working your way around the outer edge of the panel, you can "pop" them free.

Step 8: The interior door panel should now be free of the door frame.

Step 9: GENTLY peel back the water shield. Be careful not to tear it, as we'll need to reattach it later!

Step 10: Disengage the retaining clip (1) that secures the locking rod to the back of the door handle assembly.

Step 11: Disengage the retaining clip (1) near the BOTTOM of the long locking rod to release the rod from the door frame.

Step 12: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the door handle to the door frame.

Step 13: You can now pull the door handle through the EXTERIOR of the door frame. Transfer the locking rod from the old handle to the new one.

Step 14: Pry and remove the retaining ring that secures the locking cylinder to the OLD assembly. Mount this cylinder to the new assembly.

Step 15: Mount the new door handle to the door by tightening the 10mm bolts (2).

Step 16: Engage the retaining clips (2) to secure the locking rods to the handle and the door.

Step 17: Reattach the water shield.

Step 18: To reattach the panel, move it into position, and with a FIRM, but not too firm, strike near each retaining pin, "snap" them all back into place.

Step 19: Re-engage the retaining clip (1) to secure the locking rod to the back of the interior door handle panel. "Snap" this panel back into place.

Step 20: Reconnect the wiring harnesses to the UNDERSIDE of the power window control panel. Snap this panel back into place.

Step 21: Tighten the 7mm bolts (2). Cover the area with the screw cover.

Step 22: Tighten the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 23: Reattach the trim panel near the side mirror mount.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

97 1997, 98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003 Chevrolet Malibu Replacement Instructions

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