How to Replace an Interior Car Door Handle

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You’ve been rolling down your window and opening the door from the outside door handle for a while now. That interior door handle has not been working and you’ve been dreading replacing it. In older cars, much of what you see and touch was made from heavy metal and steel. In later model cars, much of what you see is made of lighter metals and plastics.

A commonly used part like your door handle may have lasted a lifetime in your old car, but with lighter gauge metals and plastics in modern cars, you may need to replace your door handles at least once in the lifespan of your car.

Part 1 of 1: Replacing the interior door handle

Materials Needed

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Step 1: Remove the door panel screws. Locate all the screws before you start pulling on the door panel.

Some screws are out in the open, but others may have a small trim cover on them. Some can be hidden behind the grab handle as well as around the outer edge of the door panel.

Step 2: Separate the door panel from the fasteners/clips. Using the appropriate trim panel removal tool, feel around the outer edge of the door panel.

Typically, you’ll want to feel the front edge, down along the lower edge and around the back of the door opening. There may be several clips holding the panel in place. Insert the trim panel removal tool between the door and interior panel and gently pry the door panel loose from the clips.

  • Note: Be gentle as these clips can break easily.

Step 2: Remove the door trim panel. Once separated from the retaining clips, gently push up on the door panel from the bottom.

The top edge of the door panel will pop up along the window. At this point, reach around behind the door panel to unplug any electrical connectors for the power window/door lock/trunk/fuel door release buttons. To fully lift the door panel out of place, you will have to angle the door panel and/or the door handle assembly to pull it back through the opening in the door panel to lift it completely off.

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Step 4: Remove the plastic vapor barrier if needed. Take care to remove the vapor barrier intact and do not cut it open.

On some vehicles, the inner door must remain sealed properly as side air bag sensors may rely on pressure changes within the door for side impact airbags to deploy. If it is already damaged or damaged during replacement, replace the vapor barrier as soon as possible.

Step 5: Remove the inner door handle mechanism. Unscrew any nuts or bolts holding the door handle in place.

There will be a rod from the inner door handle to the door latch mechanism, usually held together by plastic clips. Carefully detach them, remove the broken handle, and replace it with the new one.

Step 6: Loosely reinstall the inner door panel. Test both the inner and outer door handle functions before securing anything in place.

Once you have verified the operation of both, reconnect any electrical connectors you removed and snap the door panel back into the retaining clips. If any were broken during disassembly, visit your local auto parts store or dealership for replacements.

Step 7: Reinstall all screws and trim pieces. Once the door panel is secured onto the retaining clips, reinstall all screws and trim pieces.

Hand tight is perfectly fine, no need to over-tighten them.

An operational door handle is essential for your comfort inside the vehicle and can be a serious inconvenience when broken. If you do not feel comfortable performing this job and if your vehicle needs an inner door handle replacement, be sure to have one of YourMechanic’s certified technicians come to your home or work and perform the repair for you.


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Jeffrey

14 years of experience
23 reviews
Jeffrey
14 years of experience
Honda Accord - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Tampa, Florida
Jeffrey was on time and professional. He promptly went to work on the problem and was done in a reasonable period if time and explained his findings very clearly.
Ford Fusion - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Clearwater, Florida
He was very professional. Fixed my problem and answered all my questions. I recommend him for any job. Thanks.

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
Jeep Grand Cherokee - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front, Driver Side Rear, Passenger Side Rear) - Westminster, Colorado
Scott was very friendly and knowledgeable. He went right to work and completed the job in a short amount of time. Scott was on time and communicative with my wife during the whole process. We will definitely consider him again for our next job.
GMC K1500 - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
My Dad has dealt with Scott on both of our car fixes. He has said that he is professional and courteous. Answers their questions and gives good feed back. I would recommend this guy for your work that needs to be done on your vehicle. Thanks Scott we appreciate you Sir.

Dellano

16 years of experience
377 reviews
Dellano
16 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Arlington, Virginia
Great experience with Dellano, as usual. He has been my go to mechanic for 1.5 years and I trust him with my car.

Michael

10 years of experience
15 reviews
Michael
10 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front, Passenger Side Rear) - Stone Mountain, Georgia
Very impressed! He arrived early. He explains everything to me and got the job done very quickly. I will recommend him to others.

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