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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

Created on: 2011-04-08

Watch this video from 1A Auto to see how you can replace the exterior door handle on your 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Remove the T40 Torx screw from the inside door handle
    • Remove the Phillips head screw from behind the door panel
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the mirror base trim piece
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the bottom of the door panel
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the switch panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the inside door handle mechanism
    • Unclip the latch rod from the inside door handle mechanism
    • Pull off the inside door handle mechanism
    • Carefully peel back the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Outside Door Handle
    • Reconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Raise the window
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Remove the two 8mm nuts from the outside door handle
    • Unclip the latch rod from the outside door handle
    • Unclip the lock rod from the outside door handle
    • Pull the door handle off from the outside of the door
  3. step 3 :Preparing the New Outside Door Handle
    • Remove the T25 Torx screw from the lock cylinder in the old door handle
    • Pull the lock cylinder out of the old door handle
    • Push the lock cylinder into the new door handle
    • Insert the T25 screw into the new door handle
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Outside Door Handle
    • Clip the lock rod onto the new outside door handle
    • Put the new handle into place, starting at the back
    • Clip the lock rod into place
    • Clip the latch rod into place
    • Fasten the two 8mm nuts onto the door handle
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Put the inside door handle mechanism into place
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the door handle mechanism
    • Clip the latch rod onto the inside door panel mechanism
    • Push the lock bezel out of the door panel
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Insert the two Phillips screws at the bottom of the door panel
    • Insert the Phillips screw behind the door handle
    • Insert the Phillips screw into the mirror base trim panel
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the window switch panel
    • Push the switch panel into place
    • Put the door handle into place
    • Insert the T40 screw into the door handle.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T40 Bit

    T25 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

    8mm Wrench

    10mm Wrench

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly: that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the outside door handle on this 2004 Dodge Ram, same for any '02 to '08 1500 and then '02 to '09 2500 and 3500. Tools you'll need to do this job are a T40 Torx driver, Phillips screwdriver, flat blade screwdriver, a 10 millimeter wrench or socket and ratchet and 8 millimeter or socket and ratchet and a T25 Torx driver. That's only for removing and replacing the lock on the driver side door.

To remove your front door panel, you're going to start by removing a T40 Torx screw that holds your handle on, right there. Then you're going to remove four Phillips screws: one there, one up here and then two down the lower part of your door panel. Here's my T40 Torx driver. We're going to speed it up here, take that T40 screw out and then your handle comes off. Then, I'm going to start with the Phillips screwdriver. Take those two off and then slyly take my jacket off so you can see my 1A Auto sweatshirt and remove the two lower Phillips screws. I'll use a regular screwdriver, carefully pry up on your switch plate here then pull it up. Both these connectors have a little button right here. Press the button and work the connector off the switch. Do the same thing here for the button right there. Now, just lift the door panel up and over the lock here. It comes off.

You want to use the 10 millimeter wrench or socket and ratchet. There's a bolt here. There's also a bolt there but it's missing. I'm not sure if this door may have been taken apart before. Then, there's a little clip, right here, that you either push down with your hand or pull it down and then you pull this one right out. Then, you want to carefully pull your water shield down.

To get to the door handle, make sure your window's all the way up. First, we're going to remove the two 8 millimeter nuts. We'll use a little fast forward to go through that. Now, you basically want to get in here. With your thumb, you can push that right off and then pull your rod out. What we're going to do is, see that pink clip in there? We're going to reach around with our finger to the back side and pull that clip off. What you're basically going to see is a good shot of my shoulder. Pull the pink clip in there with your finger. It comes off. Then pull the rod out by pulling it towards the inside of the door. The lock rod comes out. Now for your handle, you're going to bring it off here first, slide it forward a little bit and then it comes out. It just got hung up on the rod a little bit.

Now, you're going to want to change your lock mechanism over. It's a T25 Torx screw. Remove the screw. The lock comes right out. Here's a new handle from 1A Auto. You can see it's just the same as the original. Put the lock in. Put the screw in. Tighten it up. You'd want to tip your handle up and insert the rod for your handle itself and then the lock, the blue lock on there, or the clear lock if it's a new handle, then put the handle in. You'll need to pull the handle a little bit. Get the back in place. Slide it back a little bit and on. Flip that lock on to it. I'll put my 8 millimeter screws and nuts back on. Again, we'll use a little fast forward as we just put those nuts on by hand, and then, use our wrench or you can use a socket and ratchet to tighten them up.

Once the handle is tight, then we just put the water shield back in place. Put our inside door handle back on and tighten the nuts for that. Then, you want to insert the rod and lock the clip on. Before you put the door panel back on, you want to take this lock bezel and push the clips in and pop it off. It has little teeth there. It just has little teeth there that hold it in. You're just going to push them with your finger over. Put it back on. What you want to do is . there's teeth at the bottom . kind of rest it like that and bring it up. Pull your harness up, out of the way. Lock your door. Press your door, lock it down. Take that up and over, pull it back up. You might have to pull it up just a little bit and slide it down. We've got to put the four Phillips screws back in. We'll fast forward through just putting those four Phillips screws in and tightening them up. For your switch, put the smaller connector in then the larger connector. You feed the wiring down in. Push it down in. For our door handle, I'm just going to put my extension and my bit in into place. Then you pretty much start turning. It pretty much finds its own way. Then for your lock, push that right down and you're all set

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T40 Bit
  • T25 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench
  • 10mm Wrench

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