I’m repairing or replacing a faulty front door lock cylinder, so I need to remove the outside door handle (passenger side, front). It’s simple enough to remove, 2 bolts from the inside after removing the door panel, except for one problem that’s puzzling me: How to remove the metal actuating rod from the door open/close lever? The rod fits in a plastic bushing in a narrow plastic ear. See the photo below. As far as I can tell that rod has to be somehow pushed out of that hole before I can unbolt & remove the ass’y. Simple enough on the bench, but in the car there’s little to no access in that area inside the door. All I can think of is to try to pry it out with a screwdriver. But when I try, it’s stubborn as all get-out, and there’s so little plastic material there I’m afraid I’ll crack the plastic around the hole levering it out with a screwdriver.
Any ideas? Is there a special tool for this?
Photo 3 shows the ear with the hole