Inside Door Handle Repairs

Glen Owner/Technician Illinois Posted  
GM Truck Tech Chat
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3L (7 LC9) 4-spd (4L60-E)

Went to get out of a customers vehicle and when I pulled on the inside door handle something went "ping". I found the cable frayed/ broke. I installed the cable/latch assembly from GM. 

I notice there are lots of complaints about broken inside door handle parts on the newer K trucks and several AM suppliers sell repair kits but GM sells the whole door panel, my suppliers has 6 in stock. I also see the cable only available in the AM. 

I have my own theory as to why I advised the customer to go with the GM part but am curious what others have to say.

I also modified a 8 mm hex key to serve as a release tool for the outside lock cylinder rod clip. I am guessing the Lisle 34950 may have also worked.