Replacing Outter Door Handle?????
Removing inner door panel 91-93 164 and replacing outer handle
You have to remove screw under inner handle to slide piece in front of handle forward away from arm rest inner handle, then remove three screw holding arm rest, next look inside round defog hole in front of upper door panel remove screw inside hole, remove small screw in triangle defog fairing near front of door, remove defog fairing, look for small screw holding rear of upper door panel to door in area behind arm rest remove if installed.
Lower window full down, lift upper door panel straight up off door starting at rear and do not pull out as you lift as there are two fragile plastic hooks that break. Plan on regluing them with J-B Weld or equal as they always seem to break off anyway.
As you lift upper panel upper end of arm rest will unlock from spring lock in door.
Once upper panel off, raise window full up so you can see two 8mm nuts and a notched metal slide plate holding outer door handle to door, remove nuts, plate and remove outer door handle and rubber gasket and lever rod. Pay attention to where/how lever rod plugs into door latch lever inside door by window track.
Now compare new and old handle to be sure you have a correct handle for the position you are replacing as front and rear handles have different length arms that lever rod hooks to.
Install lever rod on new door handle and reinstall rod, rubber gasket and handle into door, align rod into door latch lever as you lower door handle into door. Install notch plate and two nuts/washers to hold outer handle in place.
Test door for proper operation of outer handle, if OK lower window glass again and reinstall upper door panel (repair plastic notch pieces first if broken). Check the three anchor nuts in door panel for arm rest reposition/reinstall as needed. Test screw in threaded to be sure threads in good shape.
Pop upper end of arm rest back into spring lock in door. Hook up wires to light in rear of arm rest, install screws, install defog fairing install rest of screws in round defog hole, under inner handle to hold piece that slides under handle and latches on round plastic tab.
If you are doing driver's side slide panel in front of inner door handle has mirror switch in it and if you have disconnect wiring it has a tricky set of locks to unhook connector.
If you ever have to remove bottom half of door panel it has 5-6 very small screws in very bottom edge of door and it pops onto door with two plastic panel tabs.