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Anyone ever had to replace the exterior handle and/or have any tips how to do it?

Not finding much info on the web for this specific vehicle. The hatch door is closed and latched shut. Power lock works so it's not locked. The exterior handle is just very old and worn out, it broke off the rod(s) inside so there's now no way to open that door. I do already have a new handle to put in (Dorman). There's 2 bolts from the outside of vehicle near the plate lamps, I assume hold that whole plastic trim panel on. Those are rusted and I can't get any kind of wrench to grab them, not even damaged bolt extractor sockets.

Trying now to see about access from inside the van. It seems as if the door has to be opened first to even remove the plastic door panel. Doesn't seem there's any kind of emergency release mechanism either. Heard that removing the interior light should give access to the rod(s) that connect to the handle so I can manually open it up. Is this correct?

Any other tricks to getting this done?

Any tips or tricks for removing those stupid plastic screws that they use for holding the plastic panels in place too? I always end up having to pry them out and then get new ones.

Thanks much!
 

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First time in 2 years that this tailgate hatch has been opened! Had to get the outside chrome panel off, then pulled handle and it opened right up!! Definitely need to do some body work.
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When the car gets old, that door handle grab knob gets sticky and does not go back to rest position when you open it.

If you don't push it back to original position everytime you open it, when you close the hatch after, you can not open the door because the knob was in open position and the hatch was closed. It gest really tricky to open it once you do that.

You have to grab the knob to open, open the hatch slightly then push back the knob back to rest position, then fully open the hatch. So, when you close the hatch again, you can open the hatch again later.
 

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That's what the guy at the dealership I bought the van from said too. Either way I put in a new handle and applied some white lithium grease to the latch and all moving parts. It opens and closes just fine now and does not get stuck in the open position. I also put in brand new bolts to hold that chrome outter trim piece on since the originals were rounder and slightly stripped threads.

I will have to get back in there again soon though to pop out a dent in the door and to repair the non-functioning rear wiper. Not too hard to do though.
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