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Does anyone know where the clips are on the interior front door panels? I need to remove the panels to replace the door latch handles. Yes, both sides broke within a week of eachother.
 

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Take a butter knife, ( my wife's favorite tool) Now slide it between the door pad and the door, start at the bottom. You will find after you slip it between that there are carrots that attach the door pad to the door.

They sell a tool to do this with and it will save the carrots, most parts stores carry them for a couple of bucks.

Don’t forget the screws under the handle that’s broke.

Any more than that just give us a holler we are here to help.
 

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Thank you very much for the help. I'll get to try it next weekend (if it's not raining). It's funny, just today, as I was preparing Easter dinner, my brother cringed at me using a butter knife to turn a screw on my apple peeler/corer/slicer. He said his wife does things like that too. Then my husband or another joined in. I guess there are a lot of resourceful women.
 

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CKresto has the actual panel tool with some replacement clips on their web page for about $20. Just in case you break a couple (like I always do)
 

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Everyone brakes a few even if you have the tool. It just makes it easier. I have a couple of different types of them now, I like the flat spatula stile best.
 

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Hey, I finally replaced my door handles. Yes, I know I posted the question pretty long ago. I want to thank you all for your help. I did the passenger side first. It took a bit of time discovering pieces of panel/trim and the order in which to remove them, and figuring out the clips, but I got it done without breaking one. The actual handle module was stabilized with a metal rivet. I had to makeshift with a screw in when I put in the replacement. (However, I did lose the bulb in the door courtesy light.) The driver side was a lot easier after that but I broke one clip. I just left one of the bottom ones unclipped. Maybe if it rattles or creaks enough to bother me I'll replace it.
 

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Hey, I finally replaced my door handles. Yes, I know I posted the question pretty long ago. I want to thank you all for your help. I did the passenger side first. It took a bit of time discovering pieces of panel/trim and the order in which to remove them, and figuring out the clips, but I got it done without breaking one. The actual handle module was stabilized with a metal rivet. I had to makeshift with a screw in when I put in the replacement. (However, I did lose the bulb in the door courtesy light.) The driver side was a lot easier after that but I broke one clip. I just left one of the bottom ones unclipped. Maybe if it rattles or creaks enough to bother me I'll replace it.
If your talking those pine tree looking clips there pretty cheap (I have a bag of them on hand when i'm working on that stuff) That track in there seems pretty cheap doesn't it. I've had to replace and relube these before. They certainly are a pain to get in there and work on.
 
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