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How To Replace Front Door Handle 2002-07 Jeep Liberty

Created on: 2014-01-15

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped off interior door handle on Jeep Liberty, years 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, and 07.

  1. step 1 :Remove the door panel
    • Pry up the little access panel behind the inside door handle.
    • Remove the Phillips screw exposed, as well as the one in the door pull.
    • Pull the door panel firmly to unpin the door panel.
    • Disconnect the door latch rod and the wiring harnesses.
  2. step 2 :Remove the outside door handle
    • Remove the speaker by removing the three Phillips screws and pulling the speaker out and disconnecting the lead.
    • Carefully peel back the water shield.
    • Unclip the door latch and rods from the door handle mechanism.
    • Remove the two 10 mm nuts securing the outside door handle using your socket and ratchet.
    • Using your T30 Torx driver remove the two bolts on the side of the door.
    • Remove the two T20 and one T30 bolt mounting the door lock mechanism from the door handle.
  3. step 3 :Install the new outside door handle
    • Install the lock mechanism into the new door handle, and secure it with the three Torx bolts.
    • Mount the exterior door panel.
    • Replace the two T30 bolts and connect the door latch and lock rods.
    • Bolt in the door handle with your 10 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Replace the water shield.
    • Connect the speaker lead and secure the speaker with the three Phillips screws.
  4. step 4 :install the door panel
    • Connect the wiring harness leads and the door latch cable.
    • Clip the door panel in.
    • Secure with the two Phillips screws.
    • Clip the access panel back in behind the inside door handle.

Tools needed

  • T30 Driver

    T20 Driver

    10mm Socket


    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts, and the best service on the Internet. Hi, I Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out. The next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace an exterior door handle on this 2006 Jeep Liberty. It's the same part and process on these vehicles from 2002 to 2007. We show you on the driver's side, but the passenger's side is a similar procedure. The items you'll need for this is a new exterior door handle from 1AAuto.com, flat blade screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a 10 mm socket and ratchet, and T20 and T30 Torx bits. Start off by prying out this little panel behind your door handle. Now remove this Phillips screw, and this one down in your pole cup. We'll just fast forward as Don does this. Now pull out around the door panel to release the clips. When you get to the top, pry the door panel out. Once the clip pops free, pull the door panel up and off. On the back of your door panel, you want to release the clip on your door handle rod and pull the door handle rod down and out.

Then you want to push the tabs on both harnesses and release them. Now you want to remove the speaker. It's held in by these 3 Phillips screws. We'll just fast forward as Don removes those. Once you remove all three bolts, pull the speaker forward, push on the tab on the harness, and disconnect it. And then you just remove your water shield. You want to just carefully peel that off the door and pull the harnesses and your door handle rod through it. Ours was a little bit easier because it had been removed before. Take your time not to damage it. Up here on the back of your door handle, you can see there's a clip connected to the door handle rod. You want to just pry the clip off with a flat blade screwdriver and then pull that rod free. Down here there's another rod with another clip on it. You want to just push that clip off and then pull the rod out. Now on the back of the door handle there's a 10 mm nut there and a 10 mm nut right there. We'll just fast forward as Don removes those. Next remove these two T30 Torx bolts. Pull the door handle back and then angle it out of the door.

Right here you want to remove these two T20s and the one T30 bolt. Now remove the lock and put it into your new door handle and replace that T30s and those two T20s. We'll just fast forward as he does this and tightens them up. Just to show you a comparison, on the right is the old door handle; on the left is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical, and they'll mount exactly the same. Feed the new door handle back into place. Open the door and angle it back in. We'll fast forward as Don replaces those two T30 bolts. Now you want to push that lower rod back into place and re-clip it. It's hard to show but you also want to re-clip that upper rod. We'll fast forward as Don replaces those two 10 mm nuts. You want to put the nut just into the socket, feed it into place onto the stud, and then tighten it up. We'll fast forward here as he puts the door handle rod, the lock, and the harnesses back through the water shield, and then pushes the water shield back into place. Reconnect your speaker and line it back up, and replace those 3 bolts. We'll fast forward as Don does this and tightens them up. To replace your door panel, push the harnesses back into place. Push the door handle rod back into place and re-clip it. Then line your door panel up, and push it down onto the window sill and over that lock. Now make sure your clips are lined up and hit them in around the door panel. We'll just fast forward here as Don replaces those two Phillips screws and replaces that little panel behind the door handle.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll free 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

1999 - 2004  Jeep  Grand Cherokee
2002 - 2007  Jeep  Liberty

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