How to Remove Jeep Cherokee Door Handles

by Jeanene S. Valentine

Door handles are the most commonly used part of your Jeep Cherokee. They suffer more wear and tear than other parts, since you constantly use them to enter and exit the vehicle. Although door handles are very durable, they sometimes break or stick and should be replaced. You must do some preparation work before you can remove the handles. Replacing door handles on your Jeep Cherokee can be a challenging task, so give yourself plenty of time.

Remove the Door Trim Panel

Step 1

Open the hood. Disconnect the negative (black) cable terminal from the battery, using a wrench.

Step 2

Remove the armrest from the door panel by unscrewing the two screws at the bottom of the armrest with a screwdriver.

Step 3

Remove the door handle assemblies. On a manual window, remove the crank handle by using a screwdriver to pull out the bolt. On power windows, remove the three door handle screws with a screwdriver, and pry out the control switch and unplug it.

Step 4

Insert a large, flat wrench or putty knife between the trim panel and door, and pop off the plastic retaining plugs. Circle around the edges until the panel comes off.

Place the door trim panel to the side, disconnecting any harness that may be attached.

Remove the Door Handle

Step 1

Use a screwdriver to remove the two retaining nuts that attach the door handle to the door.

Step 2

Pull the handle out from the door.

Step 3

Pry off the handle rod from the control rod by removing the retaining clip with your hands.

Pull the door handle free and clear of the Jeep Cherokee.

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