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I am trying to replace the broken rear door handle on a

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I am trying to replace the broken rear door handle on a a2004 chevy tracker, but all of the videos to do so are when you can remove the inside door panel, but my door will not open. How do I get the door panel off, if the door is closed?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 2 years ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** for the delay.

I will do my best to assist you

there is no good or easy way to remove the panel with the door still shut,,if you have aaa or if your insurance covers it,[roadside service] have them to come and open the door...with out the door being open,you may need to damage the door panel to get it off,then install a new panel..

i will give you instructions

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
First, How could AAA or any Road Side Assistance person get the door open? It is not like I locked the keys in the car! The door handle is broken, and the rod that would un-latch the door is not conected. I have seen several U2 videos that show me how to remove the door panel from the inside, when the door is open. What I need from you is the best recomendation to get to the inside latch. I have considered drilling a hole or holes in the broken plastic handle, and to remove it, and get to the latch. What do you think?
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 2 years ago.

i like it...use a drill or any means to get rid of the old handle,,no need to worry about it,sense it is being replaced,,

after you bust out the handle,you may be able to use a cloth hanger or sothing to unlock the latch on the door,or may be able to get to it,,

i dont see a way to remove the panel without damage to it