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Hi all - help please.
Need to change the external door handle on the drivers door. The old one broke when iced up last month.
I have a replacement from a breaker but cannot figure out how to remove the old one.

Anyone done this before?
Seems to be held in by a sliding brass piece.
Do I need a special tool?
 

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There are specialist tools for them, but when i worked fof BMW we never used them. You can remove them with the door interior trim still on but its much easier to remove it and worked from the inside of the door. You need to remove the plastic cover (its in 2 parts) on the inside of the door, just above the door lock mechanism. You will need a torch to see in the hole on the slider and get a hooked shape pick and locate into the hole of the slider. Then you will need a small flat bladed screw driver, easier to go inside the door, but can be done outside through the same hole as the hooked pick. Theres a pick of sprung metal which stopped the slider moving, this needs moving down to clear the notch on the slider, at the same time pull the hooked pick and the slider should move about half a inch then the handle should easily pull out.

When i first did one it was a bit of a struggle, but after doing over 100 or so could do then with my eyes shut.
 

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Thanks. I have all the door panels off so I can see as much as possible but are we talking about the same model?

The only plastic cover is over the motor on the lock.

The inside of the handle is accessible (just) and has a long brass strip piece which looks like it will slide forwards once its locking tang is moved inboard to clear the stop. Is this meant to be pushed with something through the access hole on the back edge of the door or have I got it wrong and it needs to be pulled towards the rear??

I try with your hook idea but I'm just not sure which bit should move which way.
 

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All models have the same design. Open the door and on the inside edge will the door locking mechanism hits the catch on the b pillar (not inside the actual door) there is a oval shaped two part black clip, take the centre of the clip out and the outer will come out. Then shine a light through the hole and you will see a little hole in the slider where your hooked tool needs to go, then pull it towards as you move the sprung metal strip clear of the notch on the slider as explained before. Ive had cases where if you pull hard enough the slider will jump clear of the metal strip and pull out easily, however it can make it worse and cause more problems so be aware.
 
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