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I am having trouble removing the exterior door handle on a

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I am having trouble removing the exterior door handle on a 2010 Mazda spped3 can some one give me detailed assembly breakdown so I can see what I am missing
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

HERE are complete details on replacing the exterior door handle.

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Thank you so much!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I guess I'm missing something for some reason I can't remove the outer handle
I have the door stripped down and this the only thing left on it
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Do you have the lock cylinder part of the handle out?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Ok, yo have to do steps 6 and 7 to remove the lock cylinder, then you can pull the handle out. I am not sure which part you are on with the instructions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I guess the lock cylinder is not coming out easily
I have lossened the screw in the end by the cylinder but it does not come out
I have twisted and pried on the cylinder and it is not budging
I think my issue lies in the lock cylinder I just don't know what
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Do you have the cover off and clip off the rod off?

They are calling it the bracket. These can be tricky

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This plastic plate on the inside seems to connected to the handle and I can't figure out the connection
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

I am assuming you mean the plastic bracket cover.

See the diagram I am sending. You have to remove the plug in the door, then the nut, then the clip on the rod to the latch assembly.

Send me a photo of where you are stuck if you can.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i cant seem to get the handle separated?
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

I see the issue now. I was being redirected by my own link but it's letting me in because I have a subscription.

This should help a lot.

  1. Remove the service hole cover.

  1. Remove the screw from the service hole. NOTE:
    • The screw cannot be removed because of the stopper.

Along the edge of the door is another plug, remove it an access the screw that's holding you up.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i have loosened that screw but it does not seem to come out. it appears to me that the exterior handle disengages from the inside plastic some how .
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Well, when you loosen that screw, you then can remove the exterior lock cylinder. Once that is out then you can pull the handle out and towards you, it will release.

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

This is a little different then your door handle, but the idea is the same. Check it out at about 4 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSQiLU7Fgvs

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
that look like what i was missing. i will let you know later
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Ok, the difference on yours is the bolt on the edge of the door is what holds it in place. Even though the bolt won't come all the way out, you can remove it enough to get that cylinder section out.