Removing outside door handle to fix power window

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Rick K, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Rick K

    Rick K Guest

    My daughter's boyfriend has a 1996 Saturn SL2.
    His driver's side power window died, in the fully down position.
    He got a Haynes manual, but it doesn't help on exactly how to
    remove the outside door handle, so he can complete the removal
    of the outside door panel, so he can fix the window.

    The handle pivots up, and is attached to two curved black plastic arms
    that rotate out and up. The book says to press on some button, but
    we've pressed mightily on the little black dots that appear to the releasing
    mechanism, to no avail.

    Any clues? Any guidance? It would be appreciated.

    Rick K, Aug 18, 2004
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    Lane Guest

    The very small black dots - maybe 3 mm in size - can be seen on the
    underside of the door handles when lifted up. Those need to be pressed
    upward (if I recall correctly) and they will slide about a quarter inch
    until they come out the other side. Don't lose them though. The handle
    should then come off when moved to the side.

    Lane [ l a n e @ p a i r . c o m ]
    "Straights are for fast cars. Turns are for fast drivers."
    Lane, Aug 18, 2004
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  3. Rick K

    Rick K Guest

    Thanks, Lane, for the response. Thru some technique and a lot
    of brute force, we managed to get the handle off, remove the outside
    door panel, and eventually get the window to go up and close.
    Better than having a perpetually open window ...

    Now, to diagnose the problem (window goes down without too much
    trouble apparently, but extemely reluctant to go back up). No binding
    evident. Manual says to "lube stuff". Ha. What? Where?

    Kind of reminds me off college calculus texts.
    "For repairing of spark plugs, open hood, disconnect negative battery cable,
    then simply remove engine along with transaxle. Press on tab B to
    disconnect pistons, find problem and fix. Replace engine, and other parts
    in reverse order."

    Also reminds me why I hate power windows. Complexity is not always a
    good thing. Kinda hard to farkulate manual crank windows, and I've never
    had to "replace the window regulator" (my arm).

    Again, thanks for the help.

    Rick K

    Rick K, Aug 18, 2004
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    Greg Guest

    The outer door handle is held on by a small black pushpin and slides easily
    forward off of the pivots.

    "To "lube stuff"." You should get a spray bottle with a liquid soap and
    water mixture and spray the rubber tracks/seals with this mixture and see if
    it is dragging somewhere.

    If you have to work on the inside it may be easier to remove the outer
    panel. You only have 3 mirror nuts and 6-8 outer panel screws. Hope this


    Greg, Aug 18, 2004
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