a Broken Interior Door Handle
Date : November 30, 2003
Application: 1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5
I am providing this write up for illustrative purposes
only. Perform at your own risk. Any mods (including this one) you perform
on your vehicle is your responsibility. Commercial use of this write up
will result in legal action as well as the undying scorn from members
of the online Toyota 4Runner community. You've been warned.
If your interior door handle
your passenger's door handles do not open
its respective door, most likely it is caused by a small, soft plastic
(yet again) part that
is broken and/or snapped in half. For more Toyota soft plastic part follies,
read my other article on 5-speed
Step 1: Removing the Door Panel
Use the following procedure for all doors: Remove the two push
fasteners located on the side of the door as well as on the door panel
itself. Next, carefully pop off the door armrest in an upwards motion
with a thick screwdriver or a similar prying tool. Finally, unscrew the
two philips head screws holding the door panel to the door.
the side push fastener. Take a pen and push it until it clicks. Then
remove the entire part. Theres one on the front part of your door
pry upwards from one end to the other. Look underneath and you might
need to press in the white fasteners on the inner part of the armrest.
off the window control panel by wedging your screwdriver under the farthest
end from the door and prying towards and upwards to front of
your 4runner. Unplug the harness(-es) and set aside.
2: Removing the Door Handle
Removing the door handle can be tricky, so pay close attention. First,
unscrew the philips head screw. Next, pry it out of the door panely by
pushing the part towards the front of your 4runner. Pull gently
to the front and you'll see the plastic part that allows the door latch
to open your door. Most likely it is green, but if it has been replaced,
it could also be white.
Notice three things about this part: a) the bottom part attaches to the
horizontal part of the door latch rod b) the vertical door latch rod inserts
upwards through this little part and c) it is plastic.
you have some thick skin, get some gloves on and grab a pair of needlenose
pliers. With one hand, grab the horizontal part of the door latch rod
and pull it towards the back of your 4Runner. Next with your free gloved
hand, unfasten the bottom of the little green part with your index finger.
You'll have to do it underhanded. One good tip: as you are unfastening
the green part with your index finger, slightly torque the entire door
handle and the green part will come off easier. One you've gotten the
bottom part of the green part removed, push the horizontal door rod downward
to free up the door handle. Once you got this part off, the rest is easy.
the screw and then pull towards the rear to expose the door latch
rod. Undo the green part to remove the door handle
the bottom part of this green part with your index finger. Torque
the door handle slightly to help it unfasten itself. Next, push the
whole door unit downwards (D) to unattach the entire door handle
3: Attaching the Green Part
Simply attach this in reverse order. Push the green part into
the door handle arm. Then insert the metal rod (the one with the upwards
end) into the green part. Snap on the bottom horizontal part of the green
part. You're now done. Give it a test and it should work with no problem.
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