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Old 01-31-2005, 04:00 AM   #1
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how do you remove the rear hand handle where the light is at in the rear on the top of the window? mine is broken and i want to remove it and get another one put on, but how in the heck do you get this handle off? i took a small screw driver and i try to pry it and nothing, i don't want to force it cause i dont want to tear up or mess up the headliner, how is this handle held by? has anyone took one of these off before? if so whats the easiest way to take it off without messing up and destroying the headliner?
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On my '92 SSEi, there are plastic keys on each rear seat handle that slide in to separate a set of plastic legs with barbs on the ends. When the key is pulled out, the two plastic legs can squeeze toward each other allowing the assembly to be pulled straight out. What usually happens is the plastic legs get brittle over time and break (or get broken when someone tries to force the assembly out) I think you need to pull the handle down on its spring to reveal the ends of the keys. They are about 3/4" wide and about 3/8" high. [edit: and one is the end of the garment hanger] You may need a pair of pliers to pull them out, or a screwdriver to pry them a bit to get them started. Just pull the keys straight out.

Don't attempt this with the car and the plastic cold. Warm the whole assembly up with a heat gun or a hair dryer if your car is cold. Once the assembly is free, gently tease the wires out 'til you see the electical connector; then undo it. There is also a plastic plate between the headliner and the roof, and for each set of legs that hold the assembly in place, there is a spring steel clip. This stuff must be installed properly, so keep track of where and how it goes together as you take it apart.

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May I ask why you call it a hand handle? Is there a foot handle or something? lol im sorry I just thought that was pretty funny but I meant no harm.
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i just dont know what it is called, to me its hand handle i guess for old people to hang on to, lol
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its an oh **** handle...thats all there is to it...
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as in "Oh **** i broke the sucker trying to gett it out to replace the headliner" and "Oh **** i broke the one in the junkyard car i wanted as a replacement"
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Or "Oh ****, LakevilleSSEi got a new */C pulley...."


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