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Originally posted by Mr3Putt
The door handle grip broke on my '03 Murano and I just went through a successful repair. I wanted to share in case anyone had the same experience.
Anyway, I didn't want to spend a few hundred dollars on the repair, so I decided to go at it solo. First, I bought the part from CourtesyParts ($90 for part, tax, shipping). I was all set to take the door panel off, but it turns out it's much simpler.
See the attached picture. There's an access hole for a bolt that holds the lock assembly in. If you unscrew the bolt, you can take off the escutcheon cover, take the whole lock out, and then simply slip the end of the grip into the door. The grip has a hook on the end of it that catches a latch. Just make sure the hook wraps around the latch bar and you're all set. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
A couple of things to watch out for:
- when you unscrew the bolt, you obviously don't want it dropping into the door innards. There are plastic protrusions above and below the bolt so it makes it hard to get out unless you have the right tool. I actually unscrewed the bolt and left it there (without taking it out of the car) and I was able to do the repair. By the way, it's a large torque bolt, but I was able to undo it with a flat head
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