Back to basics: Door handle tools 

March 18, 2024

Sometimes, going back to the basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. Tools for the door handle may not sound too exciting, but they can save you time, frustration, and in some cases, a refinish. 

There are two tools that can impact how you approach removing and installing inside and outside door handles. While both tools are aimed primarily for use on GM vehicles, they have their uses on other makes as well.  

The door handle spring tool, for instance, is designed to aid in the release of exterior door handles on 2014 and newer GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac vehicles without removing the interior door panel, minimizing the risk of damaging the door components and the finish. 

The door latch release tool is designed to release the cable from the handle assembly so the door panel can be removed. Simply slip the tool over the cable, then press the tool over the connector to compress the tabs and release the cable from the handle. 

While it is possible to remove these items with other tools, sometimes a specialized tool makes it faster, easier, and far more effective. 

To learn more about trim removal and related tools, take the Trim removal and installation course from I-CAR Canada.


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