Door handle removal

I’ve seen a few posts of handles breaking a couple years back. So I took of a set in 2017. I’ve been wanting to make a write up, but forgot where I placed the pictures!

Well here it is. I needed to make this write up as well because my convertible will have to have the door handles/key cylinders switched when the doors get swapped out.

After taking off the door card or panel, go to where the handle is located.

1. Undo the rods that are in the way.


2. There are two 10mm nuts on each side. The huge opening makes the first one easy.


The 2nd nut, you have to break the black tape cover to see it.


Once you remove the nuts, then detach the rods seen here:


While the handle is loose, it will not be easy to maneuver out the door. There is a bottom piece that makes it difficult to get out. You’ll have to take it off.


In order to remove this piece, I took off the C Clip. The C clip is holding in place a plastic piece that is blocking a small screw.

please note, this is opposite door from previous pictures.


After removal of the C clip, the plastic piece can be removed.


The screw will be visible and you will have to use the access hole that was covered with black tape.


After that piece is removed, you can maneuver the handle and take it out of the door (wiring is still attached)


Quick notes – be careful removing the C clip. It is easily lost! Since my mission was to get the door handles, I didn’t care. In retrospect, that was careless thinking. I try to keep everything intact as much as possible now!