|The original (broken) handle|
I called the local parts store and asked for a price. Not in stock of course but it could be ordered to the tune of $85. Thanks NAPA. A quick Google search and I found the same part online for $16.73 and with minimal shipping. SCORE!
Highly recommend PartsGeek for parts now. They shipped fast and we're ridiculously affordable.
Upon arrival, I removed it from the box to compare it to the one I removed from the van. It was clear that there was a piece missing that included a retainer ring. Installation took all of ten minutes and she was ready go.
Turns out there are two rods inside the door. One rods controls the opening mechanism at the TOP of the door. The other rod controls the opening mechanism at the BOTTOM of the door. A quick pull of an unbroken handle and both rods are pulled in opposite directions opening both mechanisms thanks to two easy-to-open clips that lock around the rods (seen below in green and red colors).
|The door panel removed|
This took several attempts before it finally worked. Broken door handle...fixed...for under $20. Take that NAPA.
Next comes the driver's window regulator. A driver's window that won't roll down makes for an unhappy driver when attempting to navigate anything that has a drive through window (bank, restaurant, etc). Wifey made it clear that the window is next on the to-do list.
If this one is too complicated, I might leave it up to the local mechanic. We've found a good one in town that will let us pay when we can afford, even if it means a few week after we get the repaired vehicle back home. Gotta love small towns for that kind of stuff.
|New hardware view from outside the door|
|Inside the door view|