How to Guides

How To Replace Interior Door Handles

Zaki Moulvi posted this on Jun 4, 2014

Considering how often you use them, the interior door handles of your car are sturdy parts.  Over time and with consistent use they do stop working, or maybe someone used a bit too much force trying to get out.  Whatever the case may be, changing one that has broken is an easy job that can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Finding the Replacement Part

You may think that the door handle for your car is unique, but all are pretty much designed the same way and function the same.  Don’t make the mistake of going through the dealer to buy a new car door handle.  You will pay way more than what the part is worth.  Browse through the selection of hundreds from the comfort of your own home at and purchase the after market door handle that is perfect for your car.  Within just a few days, you will have the right door handle and will be ready to take on the project.

Tools For the Job

  • Your replacement door handle
  • Screws for the door handle if not included with the part, or you can just use the ones that are with the old door handle.
  • Pliers (maybe)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Utility knife (maybe)

Get To Work

The first thing you need to do in order to replace the interior door handles is to remove the inner door panel.  This is the reason for the maybe’s on your tool list.  Every car is different with some having the panel simply screwed into place, while others will need to be pried off.  For this you may need the help of a pair of pliers or a utility knife.

  • Prop the door open and lock it manually.
  • Remove the door panel, being careful not to crack the plastic as you pull it off.  If there are plastic clips holding it in place you can use a flathead screwdriver to take them off.
  • Be careful not to let the panel fall to the ground.  If you have power windows and locks, the wires connecting them will limit how far you can move the panel away from the door.  Try not to disturb those wires.
  • Inside you will find long wires connected to the old door handle.  Remove them, usually by simply sliding them off of the door handle.
  • Instead of wires, some cars may have an L-shaped arm that is fitted into a hole on the replacement door handle.
  • Unscrew the damaged door handle from the door panel, remove it and put it to the side.
  • Install the new door handle in its place.  If the assembly did not include screws, you can use the ones that were holding in the old door handle.
  • Connect the new door handle assembly to the door handle wires or arm the same way you removed them from the old door handle.  Test it to make sure it works.
  • Replace your door panel.

Now everything should be back in working order.  If you are having a hard time figuring yours out, see how our pro gets the job done, or you can just keep reaching through the window to get out from your car.

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