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Need to replace left front door handle 2002 Toyota Camry?


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Answered 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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