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Re: Front exterior door handle replacement guide

I have a 2011... and my clips holding the window to the resonator look completely different. Also regardless where the window is I can't see It from the speaker hole or the other cutout... is the process of removing the window different?

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Re: Front exterior door handle replacement guide

Well first off I want to say thanks to Jaxon217 for starting the thread so that we can all change the front door handles ourselves.

I have one hack for future members. I drilled a 7/8 access hole in the door panel to get to the front bolt. Lowes sells 7/8 flush plugs that snapped right in the hole to re-finish the panel. This was much easier than trying to access the bolt from the top.

Also I pre-threaded the new door handles which makes it much easier to start the bolts once you install the handles.

You do not have to un-hook the key cylinder rod on the drivers side front door! Just leave that one attached.


Also you need a pair of pliers like ddb1 has in his pics! You use them to unhook the electrical connection on the door handles!

Also I found it much easier to release the aft window release first. Grab the top of the glass depress the release and then depress the front one. If you have an extra set of hands available to hold the glass here is the time to use them!!
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Re: Front exterior door handle replacement guide

so i finished my fronts today. here are some pics of mine.

I went ahead and removed the chrome strip because it gives you more space to work with.

I also attached a pic that shows the tab that you need to press forward to release the window. I was not sure which one it was. I know the pics are posted on the first page but I was just not sure once i opened it up. The pic shows a screw driver through the small hole where the tab is. Removing the window was WAY easier than expected.

Another pic also shows the screw that you can't see. Unless you drill a hole like another poster did. I was able to remove it with a 1/4" wrench and extended bit.
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