How to Replace the Door Latch on a GMC Suburban

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The door latch of your Chevrolet Suburban is necessary for opening your vehicle's door. If the door latch breaks or is damaged in an accident, you can replace it easily in under half an hour. The majority of the time is spent removing the Suburban's interior door panel. Replacement door latches can be purchased online or through your local Chevrolet dealership, and are fairly inexpensive depending on the condition of the latch. In addition, you also can try finding a used latch at a junk yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Park the Suburban on a flat surface and turn off the vehicle's engine. Apply its parking brake.

  • Remove the armrest trim cover with a flat-head screwdriver.

  • Take out the screw from the plastic door handle with a Phillips head screwdriver and pull the handle off the door.

  • Remove the ten black clips around the edge of the interior door panel with a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the door panel.

  • Take out the four screws from the locking mechanism and pull it off, making sure to pry off the latch cable.

  • Remove the door latch from the exterior of the vehicle using a flat-head screwdriver.

  • Place a replacement latch onto the door and reattach the door locking mechanism cable to the latch. Reattach the locking mechanism and secure it by reinstalling the four screws.

  • Reattach the door panel and its clips. Reinstall the door handle and its one screw. Reattach the armrest trim cover. Close the door and test the door latch.

References

  • "General Motors Full-Size Trucks 1988-1998 Repair Manual: Chevrolet/GMC Pick-Ups, Sierra, Blazer, Tahoe, Yukon and Suburban"; Chilton Automotive Books; 1998
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