There's two screws by the handle, pull those out and you'll see how it all connects on the inside. I was able to remove my broken one, and drill a hole into the plastic where it broke and reuse it - it's lasted over 4 years now.
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specting you have your new door handle on hand, star by removing philips screw, look at your new door hanle and it has tabs or hooks(some are forward others to the back) well now you know to what direction pull/push the handle to unhook, pull a litle on it until you see a steel rod hooked to handle, take a neddle nose chanel locks and cramped, use a small screw driver to remove clip holding rod, now intall new handle back tracking.
you must remove the door trim panel. the inside handle is bolted to the door with a lock and latch cable attached to it. screw at door hanle cover and another under window and lock master switch, then push clips holding around edge of panel. you will also need to remove small cover for inside of mirror
It's probably broken, or unhooked. Just take your inner door panel off, and you'll soon figure out what's happening. Sometimes the rods get bent, or they come off the clip, or just need adjusting. And sometimes the handle itself is broken, but you can do it!
Unscrew the phillips screw located in the center of the handles. Slide the handle assembly backwards and out. Unclip the clip that holds on the metal lock-rod (needle nose pliers helps with that), and remove the lock rod. Fit the rod into the new handle's clip, and snap the clip into place on the new handle. Slide the front end into the door cavity, and then the back side. Reinsert the phillips screw. Very easy to do.
On the inside trim, you can remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge. Then you'll need to manipulate the panel
and disconnect the door handle linkage from the door handle and
disconnect the wiring for your controls. Then you can access the bolts that secure the mirror onto the door
i have a corolla i have been through 3 drivers door handles for some reason they break fairly easy the handles aftermarket are usually 50 bucks or so and i should take about an hour to replace so idk what ur mechanics hourly rate is but this should be a rought idea
I have the same problem on a Toyota Tercel 1997. I am trying to remove the door panel with the door closed (I can not open the door because the door knob is stuck in the lock position). I think I will have to cut through the panel. Have you found something ? My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org