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:cool:ANY ONE HAD ANY LUCK WITH REPLACING BROKEN INNER DOOR HANDLE WITHOUT BUYING A WHOLE NEW PANEL?? WT HECK, GM?/;'ANY CHANCE SOMEONE HAS A DAMAGED PANEL ,WITH GOOD HANDLE FOR REASONABLE COST?? I'M LOOKING FOR ONE TO ATTEMPT TO REMOVE HANDLE AND/OR THE WHOLE POCKET W/HANDLE AND TRY TO ATTACH IT TO MY PANEL!!?? THANKS AHEAD FOR REPLIES!! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!
 

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Yeah, no one I know of has just replaced the handle. It's not available as a separate part.

But. If you can find a donor panel used, and are comfortable with melting plastics, you can un-weld the replacement and the original, and re-weld the replacement back on.

It seems to be a reasonably common failure for the chrome to peel, leaving sharp edges. Is this what happened to you? If so, try seeing if GM will cover the fix, since it's very a dangerous situation.
 

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I wasn't sure how to remove mine and ended up busting one of the rivets on mine. had to break out the heat gun and butter knife and now it's solid as a rock. how badly broken is yours? You crack it or just break the rivets? if the rivets, it can easily be melted back togather. that's how they build it in the first place.
 

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I need a drivers door handle. Chrome came off mine.
 

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My painter has refinished many of my plastic/chrome parts. I am pretty sure that he will paint yours in the color of your choice, including "chrome". I asked him how much he is asking to do it.
 

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I see that the handle and" pocket" are heat welded to the panel, that's no problem! just looking for a damaged door panel to pirate the handle from. any body got a damaged panel I can rob the handle out of? I can epoxy or heat weld it back in my panel no problem!!friend of mine is body man, swears by "lord fusor" for attaching things that are broke, any way let me know if there's one available thanks!
 

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Update on handle

I just talked with Jeff. He has the inner door handle painted, in my case Punisher Red, but he can do any color including "chrome".

He looked at the handle assembly and has come up with a technique that will allow the handle to be removed WITHOUT having to pull the door panel and debonding the handle assembly from the inside of the door. In fact, when I handed him the assembly within 30 seconds he had the handle out of the assembly without any difficulty at all.

The plan is once we get my car over to his shop he will demonstrate the process for removing and replacing the inner door handle without having to pull the door panel and give us pictures. Then he will provide a service to owners who want their handles repaired or as in my case custom painted to match the car color. Or I guess in any color you want!

More to come.
 

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RTE:

How timely for me! I need that info also. My passenger side handle has started to peel on the inside side. I bought the replacement handle assembly ($15 from s1autoparts - thanks to Black_Out from this forum). Now I need to install it. I did a search but only found info on the outside handle problem.
 

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OK here are some pictures

The handle assembly is as we know plastic welded to the inside of the door panel. The handle is held in the handle assembly by a removable pin. It is also the hinge pin for the handle. In the pictures you can see the top of the pin which is recessed and flat. the bottom of the pin is split and extends beyond the assembly and has a slot in it. By squeezing this slot, the pin will release and you can slide it up and out of the assembly thus freeing the handle with the spring. Warning, the spring will tend to fly out so be prepared. Its not highly energetic but be ready LOL. Once you have the pin out the handle and spring will fall into your hand.

Jeff thinks that he can get the pin out without pulling the inner panel, but I am not sure yet. that part I have not seen. In any case, you can pull the panel, at least enough to gain access to the pin and you do not have to break the plastic weld to remove the handle. Once I have my morning coffee I will take the assembly out to the work bench and get pictures of it with the pin removed.

As you can see in the front side picture, the handle has been repainted Punisher red and looks GREAT. Jeff can paint the handle in any color you wish including "chrome"
 

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Ok, I did it. Sort of. I bought the new handle assembly from Source One ($14.99 - Thanks, RTE). I removed the old handle without removing the door panel. I loosened the top of the door pad, pulled it out and wiggled the long plastic rivet out (had to bend it). I took the chrome handle out of the new assembly and tried to put it on. But I couldn't do it because the rivet sits in a slight cavity and you must bend it to insert it. Bending it while simultaneously pushing/sliding it thru several little openings plus the center of the spring was beyond my ability. So, I compromised. I sliced the back fused point (toward the door latch) and was able to pry the assembly out just enough to easily insert the long rivet. I then used JB Weld fast set to repair the one fused point I cut. It's solid as a rock and I didn't have to take the door pad off. Took about 30 minutes.
 

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OK here are some pictures

The handle assembly is as we know plastic welded to the inside of the door panel. The handle is held in the handle assembly by a removable pin. It is also the hinge pin for the handle. In the pictures you can see the top of the pin which is recessed and flat. the bottom of the pin is split and extends beyond the assembly and has a slot in it. By squeezing this slot, the pin will release and you can slide it up and out of the assembly thus freeing the handle with the spring. Warning, the spring will tend to fly out so be prepared. Its not highly energetic but be ready LOL. Once you have the pin out the handle and spring will fall into your hand.

Jeff thinks that he can get the pin out without pulling the inner panel, but I am not sure yet. that part I have not seen. In any case, you can pull the panel, at least enough to gain access to the pin and you do not have to break the plastic weld to remove the handle. Once I have my morning coffee I will take the assembly out to the work bench and get pictures of it with the pin removed.

As you can see in the front side picture, the handle has been repainted Punisher red and looks GREAT. Jeff can paint the handle in any color you wish including "chrome"
Interesting. Good idea. Thanks.
 

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Folloing up on the Cobalt inner door handles I ordered a pair

Part: 22722746*
Category: All
Description: BEZEL
Min.Qty: 1
Unit Price: $19.00
Quantity: 1
Ext.Price: $19.00
Core Charge: $0.00
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Part: 22722747*
Category: All
Description: BEZEL
Min.Qty: 1
Unit Price: $14.65
Quantity: 1
Ext.Price: $14.65
Core Charge: $0.00

Your Total Charges: $48.14

In the drawing it looks like a direct replacement
 

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