2023-11-27 How to Replace Exterior Door Handle on 1998-2002 Toyota Corolla - autoevolution

How to Replace Exterior Door Handle on 1998-2002 Toyota Corolla

Damn those kids next door, they’ve attempted to booby-trap you again and messed up your Corolla’s door handle. Lucky you live in this century and the internet provides you information on how to change the broken part yourself.
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So, besides the correct replacement door handle compatible with your 1998-2002 Toyota Corolla, you will need a Phillips screwdriver, a flat screwdriver, 10mm socket with ratchet plus extender and a flashlight may come in handy.

Replacing the exterior door handle implies that you detach the interior door paneling to access its mounting points, so here’s how:
  • Open the door and unscrew the bolt that keeps the inside handle attached to the panel
  • Pull the interior handle out of its place and detach the wire attached to it with a screwdriver. Then take out the handle completely
  • Using the flathead screwdriver, pry the switch panel on the door, disconnect its wires and take it out
  • Do the same with the armrest tab
  • Locate all the screws and clips that holds the paneling on the door and remove them
  • Take out the door paneling and remove the water protective foil a bit to gain access
  • Undo the door handle’s yellow clip and take out the metal rod it was holding. There is another clip with rod a bit lower so unmount that too
  • Unscrew the 10mm bolts and take out the door handle
  • Put the new one in and follow the same steps backwards to put everything back together.

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