How to Replace the Exterior Door Handle on a Chevrolet Truck

Updated February 21, 2017

Chevrolet trucks are known for their tough appearance and durable off-road performance. They come in different sizes and designs, from full-size pickup trucks to light pickups. But the basic features of a Chevrolet truck have stayed the same over the years. The process of replacing the exterior door handles of a Chevy truck is the same for old or new models.

Remove the door panel before working on the exterior door handle. The door panel removal will differ slightly depending on the truck model, but the basics are the same. Pop off the plastic door lock trim and the cover around the interior door handle with a flat head screwdriver. Remove all the bolts and screws that hold the panel to the door frame using a socket and ratchet. There are bolts under the arm rest, behind the door lock trim and at the bottom of the panel. Remove the triangular plastic trim at the top of the panel, near the side mirror. Move the panel enough to put your hand behind it and disconnect the wiring harness. Then unlock the clips along the perimeter of the door panel with a pry tool and carefully pull off the entire panel. Peel off the plastic cover on the metal door frame.

Use a socket and ratchet set to loosen and remove the bolts that hold the outer door handle in place. You will see the bolts from the inside of the door frame. Reach them through the hole in the door frame.

Pull the old door handle out of the door and locate the latch rod behind it. Pry up the metal tab with a pry tool or a flat head screwdriver. This will release the latch rod from the old handle.

Hold the new exterior door handle and test that the latch rod fits into it. Then attach the latch rod and the top of the new handle to the door.

Push the door lock gently into the new exterior door handle and fit the handle into the door frame. Check if the new handle fits in the hole. From the inside, tighten the fasteners holding the handle to the door.

Glue the plastic cover back onto the door frame but first make sure to spray all the metal moving parts inside the frame with a small amount of lithium grease.

Replace the door panel and reinstall all the parts surrounding the inner door handle. Screw the whole assembly onto the door frame firmly.

Test the door lock to see if the installation was a success. Also check if the door opens and closes smoothly and if the window is functioning properly.


There are a lot of original and custom-made exterior handles for Chevy trucks on the market. Research all the possible designs and styles before you buy new door handles for your Chevy truck.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Pry tool
  • Socket and ratchet set
  • Glue
  • Lithium grease
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