Toyota Camry
Door Panels and Handles
Ford Expedition XLT

Need to replace left front door handle 2002 Toyota Camry?

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2011-09-13 12:18:23

I am assuming that you mean the interior, because I have the

same car and both my driver's side and passenger side interior door

handles have broken. I just replaced mine today and it was actually

easy, but there are a lot of screws to take out.

First, you need to buy a replacement door handle (I ordered mine

from eBay for $15 - and the handle is metal!! yay!), go to the auto

parts store and buy a "door upholstery remover" - which costs about

$10. You will also need on Phillips head screw driver.

2. remove the small round screw cover near the upper hinge of

the door and remove the screw beneath it.

3. remove the black rubber lining/bottom of the inner door's

pocket - there is a screw there and you must remove it. Then remove

the panel that holds the buttons for the lock and window control

(automatic locks and windows). There is a screw beneath that panel

- so remove that screw too.

4. Next take off the two screws located at the very bottom of

the door panel.

5. Carefully place all of these screws in a safe place where you

will not lose them.

6. Remove the black triangular cover located above the upper

hinge of the door.

7. Carefully trying not to break it - take off the plastic plate

that lies within the door handle casing - it is covering another

screw that you need to remove.

8. Take the door upholstery remover and place it under the edge

of the door upholstery panel and insert inot the fastener as far as

possible...then simply pry up. You really can't hurt it. (there are

about 6-10 plastic clips that just need to be popped to release the

door panel from the actual door. Do not pry at the black clips at

the top of the panel, you will break them if you do - they act as a

kind of hanger clip.

9. The door panel should now be free from the door. Carefully

take note of how there are two wires with metal balls on their ends

(one has a white plastic casing while the other has a green

casing.). Notice that the white wire is on top and the green one is

on the bottom. Remove these wires from the broken door handle

without breaking them (they are not fragile but still be

careful).

10. Take the new handle and place the balls of the wires into

the holders of the new handle.

11. Now put everything back where it was when you began.

I am assuming that you mean the interior, because I have the

same car and both my driver's side and passenger side interior door

handles have broken. I just replaced mine today and it was actually

easy, but there are a lot of screws to take out.

First, you need to buy a replacement door handle (I ordered mine

from eBay for $15 - and the handle is metal!! yay!), go to the auto

parts store and buy a "door upholstery remover" - which costs about

$10. You will also need on Phillips head screw driver.

2. remove the small round screw cover near the upper hinge of

the door and remove the screw beneath it.

3. remove the black rubber lining/bottom of the inner door's

pocket - there is a screw there and you must remove it. Then remove

the panel that holds the buttons for the lock and window control

(automatic locks and windows). There is a screw beneath that panel

- so remove that screw too.

4. Next take off the two screws located at the very bottom of

the door panel.

5. Carefully place all of these screws in a safe place where you

will not lose them.

6. Remove the black triangular cover located above the upper

hinge of the door.

7. Carefully trying not to break it - take off the plastic plate

that lies within the door handle casing - it is covering another

screw that you need to remove.

8. Take the door upholstery remover and place it under the edge

of the door upholstery panel and insert inot the fastener as far as

possible...then simply pry up. You really can't hurt it. (there are

about 6-10 plastic clips that just need to be popped to release the

door panel from the actual door. Do not pry at the black clips at

the top of the panel, you will break them if you do - they act as a

kind of hanger clip.

9. The door panel should now be free from the door. Carefully

take note of how there are two wires with metal balls on their ends

(one has a white plastic casing while the other has a green

casing.). Notice that the white wire is on top and the green one is

on the bottom. Remove these wires from the broken door handle

without breaking them (they are not fragile but still be

careful).

10. Take the new handle and place the balls of the wires into

the holders of the new handle.

11. Now put everything back where it was when you began.


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