I'm not sure if repair/maintenance questions for rust prevention/slowdown are all right. Anyhow, here it goes. I'm sure you'll tell me.
My '03 Pontiac Vibe is showing the first signs of rust ('03! I'm doing well; aren't I!?)
Both rear doors (not the back door; I have two rear doors but one back door) have rust dripping out of the door handles. Reports on the net say that GM used a bolt that rusts with time (yes, yes, whereas Toyota didn't). Said reports say that the metal panel may still be fine. Replacing the bolt is all that it takes.
I see youtube videos showing how to remove the inside panel. It seems easy, until I'll face the plastic sheathing (which is either hard or impossible to remove without ripping).
And so I'm wondering.
Rather than attempt to reach the rusty bolt through the inside panel, is it possible to remove the rear door handle from the outside?