How do you Change, Replace, or Install 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu Front Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement
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7mm socket/ratchet with extension
10mm socket/ratchet with extension
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.
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
03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998, 97 1997 Chevrolet Malibu Front Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement Instructions
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