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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Inside Door Handle

Mike Holloway

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$50 to $534

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz 450SL (1973-80)

Parts Required:

Inside door handle mechanism

Hot Tip:

Wear gloves

Performance Gain:

Improved exit

Complementary Modification:

Upgrade to a chrome version

The inside door handle can become stuck or break requiring repair or replacement. Replacing the inside 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 the 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.

Using a large Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws holding the handle in place.
Figure 1

Using a large Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screws holding the handle in place.

Once the handle is removed, use a large flathead screwdriver and pry off the control rods from the guide clips.
Figure 2

Once the handle is removed, use a large flathead screwdriver and pry off the control rods from the guide clips.

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, unclip the control rods.
Figure 3

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, unclip the control rods. Be careful not to drop them or bend them. They are fragile and difficult to replace.

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, unclip the rod connecting the lock mechanism to the vacuum actuator for the lock.
Figure 4

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, unclip the rod connecting the lock mechanism to the vacuum actuator for the lock.

The handle is now free to be repaired or replaced.
Figure 5

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


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