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I have some Escalade handles to install on my truck.


Before I do this, are there any helpful suggestions that anyone can give me on how to do this? Specifically, are there any tricks to getting the inside door panel off?, and are there any tricks to getting the old handle off, and the new ones on???


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Real easy ....

I only have an ext cab but I have to imagine the rear doors as simple ... Remove door handle plastic cover ,powerlock manual plastic piece just stuck in on a rod ... The triangular piece that covers the mirror mounting bolt (inside upper door)..The armrest window lock controls, pry up on the outside ... All be use of a simple small screwdriver blade and gentle prying ... Two screws hold the panel one at the armrest one hidden behind the armrest controls .... Then it's just a little tug straight up ... You'll have to Disconnect all remaining wires, speaker, lower entry door lamp etc. ....
You'll have to remove black plastic plug on the door(jam side) to access one of the bolts that secure the handle ...
Couple plastic rod holders, done ...


Reinstall them new ones ...

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Blinky/Mac,


Thanks for the responses. I obviously missed that article in the dmaxallitech section. I didn't figure that it was too tough. I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't some "hidden" fastener that could only be located by "trained" professionals.



I have to take my truck to the body shop to have one side repainted, and I'll do the other side myself.


I'll let you know how it goes...


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CADman_ks said:
I'll let you know how it goes...


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Well, I got them on. Took me about 45 minutes to do the driver's side (the body shop did the other). I took some photos of the process, and I'll put them together, WHICH BTW is DIFFERENT for the rear doors, but wasn't too hard to figure out. Don't have time right now to download them and upload them with instructions.


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Here's a how-to on changing the door handles.

This link will outline what needs to be done for the front doors:

Front door install....

The rear doors a slightly different, but basically the same.

First of all remove the screws that hold the door panel on. One is under the handle, basically like the front. The other is on the bottom lower corner of the door. Both require a 7mm socket to remove.



Remove the door lock cover per the instructions outlined in the link above, by simply prying on it with a small screwdriver.

Remove the trim on the handle.

You do NOT need to remove the window switch.

Lift the panel straight up, just like on the front.

I removed the courtesy light like they did in the above link. This made it much easier to deal with the door panel.

In order to remove the panel, you'll need to remove the connector from the power window switch. This is about the hardest part of the whole process. As indicated in the photo, the clip that you need to depress is hidden to the inside. Be careful and take your time to not damage the switch or the plug. Once the plug is removed, set the door panel aside.



After removing the panel, you'll notice that the interior behind the panel is different. It has that nasty black tar stuff that likes to get on everything, but won't stick to anything once it's been unstuck.



Remove about the upper foot or so of the corner.
Here's a view of the inside of the handle. The nuts that need to be removed are circled. Just like on the front, there's one that you can't see. However, the one that you can't see if much easier to get off than the one on the front.



The rear handles are slightly different than the front handles. They do NOT have the locking mechanism, so you only have to deal with the link for the handle mechanism. This mechansim also sticks out to the side differently than it does on the front. Just like on the front, there's a little clip that holds the linkage onto the handle (it's already pushed out of the way in this photo.)



Be VERY careful when you're taking the handle out because the latch mechanism sticks out beyond the cutout.

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