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How to Replace Front Door Lock Cables 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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How to Replace Front Door Lock Cables 05-16 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-17

Check out this video to learn how to replace the door lock cables on your 05-16 Toyota RAV4. 1A Auto shows you how to do it yourself!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the sail panel behind the mirror
    • Pry up underneath the window switch bezel
    • Disconnect the window switch connector
    • Pry out the trim piece behind the door handle
    • Pry off the trim bezel from the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door handle
    • Remove the two Phillips screw from the door pull
    • Pry out the door panel from its clips with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Latch
    • Disconnect the rear electrical connector
    • Peel away the vapor barrier, cutting the butyl tape if necessary
    • Disconnect the door latch and lock cables from the door handle
    • Connect the window switch electrical connector
    • Turn the vehicle power on
    • Raise the window completely
    • Remove the access cap from the side of the door
    • Loosen the T30 bolt to remove the outside door lock assembly
    • Remove the window channel 10 mm bolt to move the window channel aside
    • Turn the retaining clip to remove the door latch rod from the door handle
    • Remove the three T30 door latch bolts
    • Remove the door latch assembly
  3. step 3 :Replacing or Transferring the Door Latch Cables
    • Pry the yellow cable out of the mechanism
    • Install the yellow cable by inserting the cable end into the lever and then securing the cable in the retainer
    • Pry open the blue cable cover, then pry out the blue cable end, and lift the cable up to disengage the bent end
    • Install the blue cable by inserting and rotating the bent end, then securing the cable in the retainer, then closing the lid
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Latch
    • Insert the cables through the door first, then align the door latch assembly in position
    • Install the three T30 bolts
    • Insert the handle rod into the handle and secure it with the retainer
    • Install the window channel rod and secure it with the 10 mm bolt
    • Push the outside door lock mechanism into place, and tighten the T30 screw
    • Reinstall the access cap
  5. step 5 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Disconnect the window switch electrical connector
    • Pass the door latch and lock cables and the switch electrical connector through the vapor barrier
    • Reposition the vapor barrier
    • Connect the rear electrical connector
    • Connect the cables to the door handle
    • Lift the door panel up into place
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the two Phillips screws to the door pull
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the interior door handle
    • Press on the interior door handle trim
    • Press on the door pull trim
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Press the window switch into the door panel
    • Press the sail panel behind the mirror into the door

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Utility Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Socket

Installation Video
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What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the front door cable on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

I'm going to take a trim tool. We'll just get underneath this trim right here. Slide it out. There's a little clip. I'm going to take this piece off right here. This little trim cover goes under here. Just use the trim tool. Grab that. There's clips that hold that in. Clips right there on top and bottom, and on the front. I want to take this cover off. Just use the trim tool right here. Just get under there, pry that out. There's clips that hold that in. Two right there, clip there, there, there and there. Take the trim tool, go in right behind here, slide up, this slides right out. There's clips right there, clip right there, on the sides. And this just makes it easier to disconnect this connector rather than leaving this connected. So there's a little lock right there. Push down on that lock. If you take a trim tool, get in right here or right here. You can't pull on the wires because it's separate from the connector. There we go. It slides up like that, and then you can disconnect the connector.

Now there's three Phillips head screws right there. I'm just going to use a Phillips head screwdriver. Take these out. If you have to, use a magnet, get them out. Take that one out. I'm going to take a trim tool. Go around the door panel, some clips and just twist to the side a little bit. Just grab the door panel, slide it up slightly. Slip it out. There you go, comes off nice and easy. Disconnect this connector right here, this little tab, it'll help if you use a pocket screwdriver. Slide that out. I'm just going to take a razor blade or a utility knife, peel back on this, and then trim this. Just cut it. This is a butyl tape. Generally you can re-stick the old butyl tape when you put the vapor barrier back, but if you need to, you can always add some butyl tape.

All right, the handle really doesn't fit through there and I don't really want to rip it anymore so I'll just take the handle off. Just pop these cables off just like that. Pop the green one off. Now remember the green one goes on the lower part, green one is for the handle itself and then the white one is for the lock. Slide that through there. Slide the wire through there. Now we have more access. All right, I'm going to hook up the window switch, slide this in because we want to put the window up, lock that in. Turn the key on and put the window up. We can turn the key back off. I'm just going to leave that connected. Just take a pocket screwdriver, get underneath this little grommet right here. Pull that off. Then I'm going to take a T30 socket and ratchet. Loosen up this bolt right here and then the cover on the outside, you're going to want to wiggle the cover. I'll just use a trim tool so I don't scratch the paint. There we go and slide that out. Just like that.

The screw doesn't have to come out completely. It's just going to loosen up. You can pull that out. There is a rod that comes down that is the window channel and there's a bolt right here. So I'm going to take that bolt out so I have some more room. Just use a 10 millimeter socket and a ratchet. Take that out and we can just move it out of the way. Or actually if I slide it down, you can slide it off the window channel, the rubber piece and just set that aside. This is a lock rod or this is actually, it goes to the handle to open the door and I'm going to just want to pop this tab off and just slide it to the side and then pull the rod out. Pull the rod towards the car, there we go. Just pull that out. I'm going to take these bolts out here. Use a T30 socket and ratchet. Now I can just grab the door latch, just slide it out, slide it out down here. Just like that.

All right, so whether you're replacing the door latch assembly or the cable. We're going to transfer these over the same way. So just take this cable. I like to do them one at a time so I don't get them mixed up. And then just slide it out there and we can transfer it over to the new one. This goes in like this, slide it this way and lock it down just like that. Now to transfer this one over. Just take a straight blade screwdriver or a pocket screwdriver. Get underneath here, pop this cover off. There we go. So there was a clip right there and there's these clips right there. It's kind of hard to get underneath them like that. And then just take this cable, slide it up just like that. And then you actually have to physically move the cable up like that because it's a little like S bend right there, transfer it over. Just go through that hole and then we want to lock this down just like that. And then once that cable's all the way set, just take the cover and lock it in place.

All right, so I'm going to go from underneath here, slide the cables through there. Take this. Now remember that weather strip or that window channel, the rubber piece. Just pull that out of the way. Go behind that and get this lined up. That looks pretty good right there. You want to try to make sure you have the screws close to you when you go to put these back in, you can grab them, get those screws started. Take a T30 socket and a ratchet and we'll snug these up. All right, now we'll just snug them up a little bit more now that they're on there, that's good. Now we want to take this rod and slide that through the handle back where it was. All right, that's all the way through. Then push down on the lock to lock that in place.

Take this window channel and then take the rubber weather strip or window channel slide. Slide that back on. All right, as long as that bottom part is in the right position and then if you just grab the top part and try to wiggle it and it really doesn't move too much, then it's probably in the right spot. Put that 10 millimeter bolt back in there. Yeah, 10 millimeter socket, ratchet. Snug that up. Take this assembly right here, this houses the lock and the cover. Slide that back in position, and then we can tighten down this screw right here. Take the T30 socket and extension. We'll just try to get this started first, and then with that started then I can snug this up. Not too tight. Take the cover and just slap that back in place.

All right, so I want to put this door panel back together so I'm going to disconnect this connector. This has that weird connector that the connector separates and this piece separates from the connector. Just slides up just like that. Disconnect that, set that aside for now. Now I'll take the vapor barrier. Want to slide this wire through this hole that it was in when we took it apart. And then same with these cables. These cables are going to go through here. Just like that. Line this all up. Take this connector, slide that in. All right, now we're going to reattach the cables. Just slide this one. This one goes into the bottom one, which is for the handle. Lock that in place, and then the white one goes on top. That's for the lock. Just like that. You can double check. Make sure that works properly. Good.

Now we'll take this door panel. We want to slide the wiring harness through there and then take the handle, slide the handle through there. Get that in position. That looks good. Now we're going to slide the panel from up top near the window. Get that lined up first. Once that's lined up. Just check to see if these pins are lined up, the holes. When they are, just give it a little tap. Go all the way around like that and just feel, make sure the panel is flush with the door and it looks good.

Now I'm going to take these screws. The longer ones are going to go in where the handle is right there and use a Phillips head screwdriver. Tighten that up, and this one's going to go right here where the handle is for the door handle. We can put this cover on first. It doesn't really matter which order you put them on. Lock that in place. Put this cover on right here. Lock it in place. Take the window switch. We're going to line up the connector, push that in, and then push down that little lock down. Take this, position this right here first, and then push down on the front. Just like that. Take this little cover, line this up, lock it in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Utility Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Socket

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