Step 1: Remove the interior door panel from the vehicle.
You can quickly remove the door panel by removing the four retaining screws, disconnecting the wiring harness from the power windows panel, and pulling the interior door panel from the door frame.
Step 2: Gently remove the plastic water shield away from the door frame.
Be careful not to TEAR the plastic, as we'll need to reapply it when we're finished!
Step 3: Locate the two clips at the top and bottom of the interior handle rod. Disengage them from the handle rod.
Step 4: Disengage the locking mechanism.
By reaching into the door while simultaneously turning the key in the lock, you can disengage the locking mechanism.
Step 5: Using the 10mm socket with an extension, begin removing the retaining bolts that secure the exterior handle in place.
The bolts are located from the interior.
Step 6: Gently remove the exterior door handle by turning the key and pulling outward.
Step 7: Using the small screwdriver, remove the clip on the back of the exterior door handle.
Step 8: Attach the clip you just removed to the locking rod still inside the door.
Step 9: Insert your new door handle and snap it into place.
Step 10: Reattach the clip that secures the interior lever onto the door handle.
Step 11: Insert the latch rod and secure it into place with the two retaining clips.
Step 12: Tighten the retaining bolts that secure the door handle in place.
Step 13: Secure the clips again, as they may adjust while tightening the retaining bolts.
Step 14: Reattach the water shield.
Step 15: Reattach the interior door panel.
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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000 Chevrolet Impala Exterior Door Handle Replacement Instructions