How to Replace an Interior Car Door Handle

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

How to Replace an Interior Door Handle 2

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 3: 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.

How to Replace an Interior Door Handle 3

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.


Next Step

Schedule Interior Car Door Handle Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Interior Car Door Handle Replacement. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Interior Car Door Handle Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating

(296)

Rating Summary
276
11
3
2
4
276
11
3
2
4

Kyle

12 years of experience
62 reviews
Kyle
12 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Las Vegas, Nevada
Kyle was prompt, professional and courteous. He was also respectful of my and his safety during these times. I really appreciate the convenience of your business.
Hyundai Sonata - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Las Vegas, Nevada
Kyle was great, he was on time, did a great job and was patient in having to come back twice. Would recommend him again to anyone who needs work done.

Nathaniel

10 years of experience
244 reviews
Nathaniel
10 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Communicated very well and was very knowledgeable in regards to his craft Would definitely use this service again.
Nissan Altima - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Norfolk, Virginia
He was very knowledgeable and professional when it came to fixing my door handle. I will definitely book again!

Jeffrey

16 years of experience
73 reviews
Jeffrey
16 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.

Brian

24 years of experience
150 reviews
Brian
24 years of experience
Hyundai Tucson - Interior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Frederick, Maryland
Brian arrived on time and completed the job quickly and efficiently. Will definitely use this service again.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How to Buy Good Quality Car Upholstery
Your Your car’s upholstery should be comfortable, yet at the same time people look for material that is easy to clean, durable, and makes a fashionable impression. Over time stains, rips, sun damage, and more can take its toll resulting...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Lock Actuator
Common signs include unusual noises coming from inside the car door and the power door locks not working or behaving erratically.
How Do Automatic Car Door Locks Work?
Whether Whether they are single purpose or multi-purpose, electronic car door locks have standard features: A latch/door lock An actuator Actuator rods Activated by radio Electric car door locks operate by receiving a radio...

Related questions

How do I lock the doors with the remote entry system?

You can lock your vehicle from outside of the car with the remote entry system. To do so, press the Lock button on the remote entry transmitter. The turn signals will flash to confirm this action. Press the button a...

How do I activate the childproof door locks?

Childproof door locks are an invaluable safeguard for parents with kids of all ages. Activating them is also easy. Here’s all you need to do: Open the back door. Locate the lever on the inside edge of the door...

The front passenger door will not unlock or open. How can I fix this? What part do I need? 2002 Ford Escape

Hi there - this sounds like the door lock actuator has failed. This a common failure over the years, especially with high-use doors like the front ones. I recommend a car door lock actuator replacement performed by a mobile, professional...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com