The sliding driver side door handle broke due to repeated excessive force. The handle broke clean off the door. I need to know how to replace this handle. What part numbers do I need to order? How do I replace the handle? I know the side panel must come off to reach the inner door. How does the panel come off the frame?
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Re: Broken handle on sliding door behind driver
First get vin call toyota parts dept/ get the part its really easy to put in look for screws in little pop ups take screws out then go from the bottom of the door and lift out then go side do the same thing then lift from bottom of door and upward then you will take of vapor or plastic sheet then you just replace the handle thats it then out it back together/ Please rate my response thank you very much
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Most often is a bent or worn-out linkage between the handle(s) and the release. Try locating the linkage and forcing it with a screwdriver or plier. Once you get it to open you can re-adjust them somewhat. I had to replace the outside handles mine due to excessive wear.
sorry to say may have to cut into the panel to gain acces that way , try to remove the window weather strip outside and slide a thin but rigid piece of wire with a bend on the end to try and release the door lock , aka car thief style , or buy something called a SLIMJIM , this will slide behind the weather strip so won't even have to remove that
the child lock rod may have been extended...
open the driver side door, and with a skinny finger, push that child lock rod back in towards the rear of the sliding door
use the passenger side as reference
once you pushed it in, you can now open it from the inside handle
There is a clip behind the window crank (winder). There is a special tool to slide behind the winder that pushes the clip out, the tool is not expensive and can be purchased at most parts stores. It is possible to remove the clip without the tool, but a little tricky (no brute strength!!!). The clip is thin (about the thickness of a heavy paper clip) and 'u' shaped. It slides onto the center backside of the winder. Gently push in the door panel while you gently pry out the winder. You may be able to grab the clip with some very narrow needle nose pliers, or use one or 2 flat thin screwdrivers to slide the clip off. Let me know how its goes.
If you removed the 2 bolts near the handle (1 you reach by removing the lock & pwr windows control panel by prying it up, it will pop loose) there are plastic bolts/clips that press in through openings around the edge of the door panel. Just pry out slowly and they should pop out. Work your way around the door. It should slide off over the release handle which you may want to pull outward so it slides over it easier. I just did this 2 days ago to replace my passenger mirror.
Then you'll have to remove the inside door skin. It's not too difficult. The hardest part is if you have manual rollup windows, you need to remove a clip behind the window crank and sometimes it will fly off and get lost. Remove all screws you can find (some are behind plastic covers, like for the inside door opening handle, after removing that one slide it to the front of the car to remove the handle), one or more may be hidden under the bottom carpeted area if you have that (run your fingers around the edge area to feel the holes). After all that the door skin should be held on by 'panel pops' sometimes these break if the cars old or if your not carefull. You can get replacements cheaply enough.
If you need anymore help let me know.