I need to print out a discription of how to replace a door handle
First, remove the window switch/door lock switches from the door panel, these are usually just clipped in, sometimes held in by a screw. Then, remove the outer cover for the interior door handle. This has one screw in it that you should be able to see (or see the little panel covering it which needs to be popped off first- be careful not to break it!). The plastic piece can then be slid slightly forward and popped out. Check to see if you have a speaker in your door. If so, you may have to pop off the plastic panel covering it, and unscrew the speaker, then disconnect the electrical connectors and take it out of the way. There should be two screws, if memory serves, underneath the grab handle of the door, and then just check the perimeter of the door panel to make sure there are no other existing screws in it. After all of the screws have been removed, you can then begin at the bottom and (carefully) pop the door panel out of its clips. Once the bottom and sides are popped out, pull up slightly to pull the entire panel up and off of the window sill. Now you can get to the actual door handle. Unbolt it, and disconnect the little clip/clips behind it which hold the metal bars in place. These bars are what pushes and pulls on the actual latch and lock assembly. Be sure not to break the clips! You may need to reuse them. The new handle can then be clipped back in, and then bolted back up. Important: Test out the function of the new handle before reinstalling the door panel and all of the accessories. If you have a problem, it will be much easier to fix or troubleshoot with the door panel already off! Make sure you dont lock yourself out of the car, in case the door handle fails. Once satisfied that the handle is working properly, install the door panel by hanging it on the window sill first, then lining up the clips and snapping them back in, this usually works best with a little smack of the palm against the door panel. If a clip will not go in, check to make sure it is properly installed and lined up. Once the door panel is fully lined up, screw in the two screws located underneath the arm rest/grab handle, and any other screws you may have removed. Install the speaker (if youve removed it) along with its plastic cover. Pop in the plastic covering for the interior door handle, and screw that in as well. Pop the plastic covering back on that. Now, reconnect and pop the window switch/door lock switches back in, and you should be good to go!
Nov 13, 2009 |
1998 Toyota Camry