How do I replace a Toyota door handle?

The plastic handle on my 2002 Camry broke. I’ve already ordered the new part, so how do I replace the door handle on my Toyota?

Matthew Macgugan · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
That sounds pretty frustrating! Luckily, you’re already one step ahead by ordering the replacement door handle for your
Toyota Camry
Here’s how you can replace the broken handle:
Step one. Begin by removing the interior door panel. Do this by opening the door with the busted handle, then use a pry tool to remove the light at the bottom of the door. Then, remove the triangular plastic piece at the front edge of the door, as well as the door handle cover on the exterior of the door. Remove the two covers on the inner edge of the door, and remove the screws housed under these covers. With the door panel loose, you can now remove it and set it aside.
Step two. Next comes removing the door handle. From inside the door, you will see the door handle mechanism through a hole in the sheet metal. Remove the control rod attached to the handle using either your fingers or a pry bar. Next, remove the rubber plug on the edge of the door next to the latch. Loosen the screw inside this hole, but do not remove it. Remove the door handle by sliding it towards the latch end of the door.
Step three. Install the new door handle. Align the new door handle with the screw holes that held the old handle in place. Replace the door control rod and the door lock actuator by looping them into their respective holes on the rear of the handle assembly. Test the handle to ensure it is functioning properly.
Step four. Reassemble the door in reverse order of how you took it apart. And, you’re done!
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