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How to Replace a Chevy S10 Door Latch

by Chris Moore

Since the Chevy S10 is a discontinued model of truck, getting replacement parts like a door latch could be tricky. Be sure to find a reputable parts store that carries parts for these tucks; don't assume that parts for the S10's successor, the Colorado, will work with your truck. You will need to get inside the door replace the latch.

Step 1

Roll the door's window all the way up and disconnect the negative battery cable if the truck has power doors and/or windows.

Step 2

Pry out the lock and/or window controls from the door's inner trim panel. For power controls, pry up the trim bezels with a trim stick and disconnect the electrical connectors. For a hand window crank, insert a hooked tool into the hole behind the crank to disconnect the clip or rub the edge of a towel behind the handle until the clip dislodges.

Step 3

Remove the door's inner trim panel by removing all screws--some of them are behind the door handle and within the pull handle--and lifting the panel off the door.

Step 4

Disconnect any electrical connectors behind the panel and carefully peel back the door's watershield.

Step 5

Reach inside the door and disconnect the locking knob rod, inside handle rod and inside handle lock rod from the latch assembly.

Step 6

Remove the latch assembly by removing the three screws holding it in place on the edge of the door-- these should require a Torx wrench--and pulling the assembly out of the door.

Step 7

Insert the replacement latch assembly into the door and secure it with the screws, then connect all the rods on the inside of the door to the assembly.

Re-connect the door's trim panel and all other components, such as the switches and battery cable, in reverse order of installation.

Items you will need

  • Trim stick
  • Hooked tool or towel
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Torx wrench
  • Door latch

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