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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 98-02 Honda Accord

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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 98-02 Honda Accord

Created on: 2011-06-15

Watch this video to learn how to replace a broken or snapped off exterior door handle in a 98-02 Honda Accord.

  1. step 1 :Remove the door panels
    • Pry up the screw covers in the door pull and behind the door handle.
    • Remove the two exposed Phillips screws
    • Pull the power window switch panel up and disconnect the wiring harness.
    • Do the same with the interior door handle, unclipping the door latch rod.
    • Firmly pull the door the door panel out to unpin it from the door.
    • Disconnect the courtesy light.
    • Transfer the pins from the door to the panel.
    • Carefully peel back the water shield.
  2. step 2 :Remove the outside door handle
    • Remove the 5 screws securing the door lock actuator.
    • Unbolt the lock mechanism in the side of the door with your 10 mm socket, ratchet, and socket extension.
    • Work the door lock actuator and door lock mechanism to the side.
    • Unbolt the two 10 mm bolts securing bracket mounting the outside door handle.
  3. step 3 :Install the new door handle
    • Thread the bolts into the door handle bracket.
    • Slide the door handle onto the bracket and bolts and secure with your socket and ratchet.
    • Mount the door lock mechanism in the side of the door with your 10 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Replace the door lock actuator back together and secure the five screws mounting it and the door lock rod protector.
    • Carefully replace the water shield.
  4. step 4 :Put the door panel back on
    • Thread your wiring harness back through the door pull
    • Connect the courtesy light.
    • Clip the door panel onto the door, impacting the panel with the palm of your hand to drive the pins into the door.
    • Connect the power window switch panel and clip it into the door pull.
    • Connect the door latch rod to the interior door handle and clip it into the door panel.
    • Screw in the two Phillips screws and cover with the plastic trim pieces.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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In this video we're going to go over removing and putting the rear door handle back on, on this 2000 Honda Accord, same as any 98' to 02' four-door. Tools you'll need are a regular screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver and a 10 mm socket with a ratchet and extension. There's two Phillip's screws you have to remove; one in behind here. Careful with these doors, that one is broken off. Then the one right down in here, right underneath there. Once you have those screws out, take this panel, shake it back and forth a little bit. Pull it up, pull it back and out. Then your car window has a little button right here, you press that button, disconnect that. Your handle, slide it forward, pull it out. There goes my little cover. There's a clip right here, use a screwdriver or your thumb, pull that clip off, pull that rod up and your handles off.

Then basically you want to either use, you could use a screwdriver or a door panel clip tool or a putty knife. Stick it in behind here, find the pins and pull them, or you can just grab hold of your door panel and give a good quick tug. Some of the clips fell out, but that's all right. Then your door panel comes up and off. Then your currency light right back here, twist it clockwise, take it off. What you heard after I pulled the door panel was just one of these clips came out, they just go right into the door panel, clip in like that. You want to take a few things apart just five screws, the door lock actuator here. We'll speed it up here as we take out the two screws that hold that door lock actuator, and then the three screws that hold that white u-shaped, I guess routing panel. You pull that, you just push it back in and twist it and pull that out.

Now you're going to want a screwdriver bit like this, and there are three screws on the edge of your door that hold this lock in. You might be able to use a regular screwdriver, turn it hard, and tap it with a hammer; that can sometimes help but this is the right tool. Just fast forward through removing those three screws the rest of the way. Now you can take your, there's a little rubber around it here, around your child lock. Now you can just slide that forward. Now there are two 10 mm bolts, one right back in there, reach it through there. Then one right in here, you can reach it right through the square hole there. I'll just fast forward as I use my 10 mm socket with a ratchet extension to remove those two bolts. Once those bolts are out, there's a metal bracket that comes out. Then your handle just comes out on the other side.

Reinstalling the handle is a little bit tricky. I'm going to put the handle down on the ground here, then I've got one of my bolts in my socket with the extension. What I'm going to do is take that metal bracket, put it into place, and then I'm going to put my bolt through like that. Now I'm going to take my handle, put it up in, and slowly just work that bolt in until we fill it start going. What I'm doing now is I'm firmly pushing in on my door handle. Make sure you're pushing in the bottom of the door handle, bring that bracket up into place, and I'm putting my front bolt through and starting it into its hole; once you feel you have it started. Make sure your door handle is nice and flush here. Tighten this one up hand-tight. Tighten this one up hand tight. Then with my ratchet, nice and firm. Now reach in and work my lock mechanism back up into place. Start with the three screws. We'll speed it up here as I start those three screws in, then just use your regular screwdriver to tighten them preliminarily. Then use my bit with ratchet and tighten them out.

Take you through everything else in swift speed, put the grommet back on your little child lock. Put the plastic, I don't even know what you call that, brace back in, and start in the three screws and tighten them up. Make sure all the ear lock rods are in place correctly and locked into the clips. Then put the two screws back into, still tightening up that brace. Now put the screws back into your door lock mechanism and get that in place. Then you can put your water shield back into place. Door panel back on, go ahead and plug your courtesy light back in. Make sure that's coming right up through. Put your panel up on there, make sure you got your lock coming through against the window and down. Now you just want to check around the parameter and make sure that your pins are lining up. I'm just looking at them in the front and then I turn my attention towards the back; make sure the pins are lined up. Then you just tap the panel in with your back of your hand. Connect the power window switch. We'll fast forward through putting those screws back in. Make sure you replace the little trim covers and you're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

1998 - 2002  Honda  Accord
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