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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Exterior Door Handle

Mike Holloway

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$50 to $500

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, flashlight

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1975-86)

Parts Required:

Exterior door handle mechanism

Hot Tip:

Take time and don't force it

Performance Gain:

Improved entry

Complementary Modification:

Replace the door latch

The exterior door handle can become stuck or break requiring repair or replacement. Replacing the exterior door handle is a simple task if you use a gentle touch and patience. It is easy to break the clips that hold the control rods in place if you use too much force. This job can be accomplished with a large Phillips head screwdriver. You will have to remove the door panel to do so. Refer to our article that describes a step-by-step process to replace the door panel.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses, work gloves and dispose of all fluids in a safe manner. Coolant is poisonous and should be treated as such. Animals and small children have been known to die from ingesting coolant. If you have to jack up your car, make sure to use jack stands and chock your wheels as well as applying the parking brake. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. Always wear eye and hand protection. Disconnect the battery before working on your car.

In order to remove the door handle, you will first have to remove two Phillips head screws that hold the handle.
Figure 1

In order to remove the door handle, you will first have to remove two Phillips head screws that hold the handle. In order to get to them, you will have to lift off the door seal to expose the screws. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws holding the handle in place.

There is a Phillips head screw located inside the door panel that holds the handle in place.
Figure 2

There is a Phillips head screw located inside the door panel that holds the handle in place. 

You can see the screw if you use a flashlight and look through the hole in the door panel in the approximate position where you expect it.
Figure 3

You can see the screw if you use a flashlight and look through the hole in the door panel in the approximate position where you expect it.  

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, locate, loosen and remove the screw that holds the handle.
Figure 4

Using a Phillips head screwdriver, locate, loosen and remove the screw that holds the handle. 

Once the screws have been removed, the handle can be liberated but it will require you to slide the handle towards the front of the car and lift it out.
Figure 5

Once the screws have been removed, the handle can be liberated but it will require you to slide the handle towards the front of the car and lift it out. You will find some resistance at first but it can be coaxed out. Don't force it. You can bend the sheet metal of the door if you are not careful.  

The handle is now free to be repaired or replaced.
Figure 6

The handle is now free to be repaired or replaced. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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