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How do you Change, Replace, or Install 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala Rear Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement





Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • T30 Torx Driver

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Door Panel Clip Tool (or putty knife)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's REAR door.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screws (2) inside the interior door pull.

Step 4: Lift and remove the power window control panel. Disconnect the wiring harness (1) from the underside of the panel.

Step 5: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screws (2) exposed by removing the power window control panel.

Step 6: Pry and remove the trim panel near the BACK of the window.

Step 7: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), slide between the panel and the door frame. As you slide around, you'll feel a retaining clip "“ when you do, pry outward.


You should hear the pin "pop" as it disengages. Repeat this process around the outer edge of the door.

Step 8: You can now lift and remove the interior door panel from the door frame.

Step 9: GENTLY peel back the insulation guard attached to the door. Be sure not to TEAR it!


You only need to pull the insulation down enough to expose the back of the interior door handle.

Step 10: Pry and remove the plug that acts as an "access cover" near the DOOR LATCH.

Step 11: Reach behind the exterior door handle and release the retaining clip (1) that secures the locking rod to the handle.

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


These bolts are accessed through the circular holes in the framework.

Step 13: Pushing from the back of the handle, and pulling from the front, you can now remove the exterior door handle. Transfer the short lock rod to the new door handle.

Step 14: Mount the new door handle by tightening the 10mm bolts (2).

Step 15: Engage the retaining clip (1) to secure the locking rod to the back of the exterior door handle.

Step 16: Reattach the insulation.

Step 17: To reattach the interior door panel, simply re-engage the retaining clips with a FIRM (but not too firm) strike near each retaining clip.


Use the larger guiding pins (2) to ensure proper placement.

Step 10: From here, simply reverse the removal process.

Reattach the trim panel near the window, tighten the T30 Torx screws (4), reconnect the wiring harnesses and "snap" the power window plate back into place, and finally, reattach the interior door handle's bezel and tighten the Phillips screw.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000 Chevrolet Impala Rear Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement Instructions
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