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Jetaway
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« on: January 06, 2016, 03:15:29 PM »

Hi, All.

A couple of days ago I grabbed the outside door handle, pulled it, and nothing happened.  There may have been a slight "snap" and a feeling of something letting go, but that may just have been my imagination.  What I didn't imagine is that the exterior handle no longer unlatches the door.  Has this happened to anyone else?  If so, what should I expect to find after removing the interior door panel?  Something broke or something detached? 

Chris

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2001 Aztek GT FWD
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Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2016, 09:10:14 AM »

It sounds like something broke inside- I don't know where you live but here we have been having some cold weather which is making stuff brittle.
I will try and check my shop manual set tonight and see what you might be facing...
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2016, 05:14:57 PM »

Richard,

That would be great.  I have the on-line Chilton manual and it doesn't have anything specific on the issue.  The section on replacing the lock motor shows a shaft, presumably from the outside door handle, passing through a support of some sort, but that is about it.

Doesn't get that cold here, freezing is about the lowest it gets.  Probably just a lot of door openings.  Wink

If, perchance, the service manual has something about the handle mechanism, does it look as if, if needed, that I could swap the left rear door parts for the driver door? My thought is that whatever has broken wasn't considered a replacement part and even if available from GM would be hideously expensive.  California isn't the Aztek's native habitat, so to speak, and I can only recall seeing one at a recycler in the last 10 years.

Chris

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2001 Aztek GT FWD
Black
Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2016, 07:19:30 PM »

Hi, All.

A couple of days ago I grabbed the outside door handle, pulled it, and nothing happened.  There may have been a slight "snap" and a feeling of something letting go, but that may just have been my imagination.  What I didn't imagine is that the exterior handle no longer unlatches the door.  Has this happened to anyone else?  If so, what should I expect to find after removing the interior door panel?  Something broke or something detached? 

Chris




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I found two broken parts when I got the handle out.  One: About a quarter inch from the end, the plastic base had broken off.  It had a tab/pad which the handle rested against at rest.  Two: The metal lever that connects to the rod going to the latch had snapped.  It is  'U' shaped and the cross-piece (bottom of the 'U') was what levered up when opening the door.  I suspect the failure of the plastic base put a strain on the cross-piece, leading to its failure, but maybe it was just coincidence.

The repair job was fairly simple -- the most difficult part by far is removing the inner door panel.  Actually, re-installing the inner door panel is more difficult than removing it.  The handle is riveted on, so I punched out the pin (with a punch, of course;)) then drilled out the rest.  I started with a small bit and worked my up to a 1/4 inch on the first rivet, used the 1/4 inch itself on the second rivet.  Unlatch the rod from the latch below and with a bit of maneuvering, the handle and rod lifts up and out.  I don't have a riveter, so I used an M6 X 15 bolt, lock washer, nut, and blue Loctite.  Fingers crossed, that should hold it.


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2001 Aztek GT FWD
Black
Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2016, 02:15:36 PM »

Having the same issue with the driver side passenger door and the passenger door exterior handles. So drilling out the rivet on the exterior handle assembly is the only way?
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