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Did just the silver part snap? The cable didn't break, did it?
It's farily easy to remove the handle itself; you should be able to see a circular plastic covering in the black part behind the chrome handle, carefully pry it off with a flathead screwdriver and you will see the single screw that holds the handle in place. You will then need to detach the cable from the old handle and attach it to the new one; I don't have any details on that because I've never done it, but it shouldn't be too difficult. Then put the handle back in, screw it in, pop on the cover and you're all set.
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This is amazing I performed this operation yesterday afternoon - Last week my drivers door handle suddenly came off in my hand, the back of it had broken. I took the one from the back (until I can get hold of another one) and fitted it to the front.
Now I performed this operation at 1.5C and my fingers were bloody freezing so if you're in a warm environment it should be a little easier.
Remove the screw cap from behind the handle and then remove the screw. The whole mount should now come out slightly - don't pull too hard on the plastic trim like I did, this then involves getting the back end of the trim top reattatch to the cable. You will see a metal cylinder with 4 lugs on it which you need to [push up and remove from the plastic trim. Now all you do is place your new handle in position and wiggle the metal cylinder back into place - you will need to [push down on this peice (located on teh end of the cable) with a little force to make sure that the little metel spur is locked into the plastic piece (you will know what I mean when you see it). Then just reassemble.
Sorry if this sounds like a load of random crap, if you have any probs I will take mine to bits and take pics for you to follow.
PS apparently this is a common problem - looking through the service record for my car it has already had 3 new door handles!!!!!
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