DB9 Top Gear Track
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: East Sussex
Disconnect the rods at the lock end, not the handle end.
From the guide...
23. If you're doing the driver's side (like me) there are 2 x rods connecting the door handle to the lock mechanism. If you peer down into the door you can see the clips on the rods connecting them to the lock mechanism. Unless you have forearms like Popeye you can reach in and push the clips outwards to release the rods. You might need a screwdriver to flick the top of the clip towards the outer door skin. They're hinged at the bottom so no danger of losing them.
24. The door handle is now free to be removed, it first needs to slide toward the front of the car and then wriggle the handle out of the hole. If it's proving hard to get it moving insert the bolt from step #22 a couple of turns and tap it gently with a hammer.
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