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How to Replace Front Inner Door Handle 2005-16 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-21

Watch this video to learn how to replace the inside door handle on your 05-16 Toyota RAV4. 1A Auto shows you how to do it yourself!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Door Handle
    • 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
    • Unclip the door handle
    • Disconnect the door latch and door lock cables from the door handle
  2. step 2 :Installing the Front Door Handle
    • Connect the green cable to the door latch handle
    • Connect the white cable to the door lock lever
    • Clip on 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

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Trim Tool Set

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

We're going to take a trim tool and 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's a 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 and just use the trim tool in here. Just get under there, pry that out. There's clips that hold that in. Twi right there. Clip there, there, there, and there. Take the trim tool. Go in right behind here, slide up, and it slides right out. There's clips right there. Clip right there on the sides.

This just makes it easier to disconnect this connector rather than leaving this connected. 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 in the wires, because it's separate from the connector. Here we go. It slides up like that, and then you can disconnect the connector.

Now, there's three Phillips head screws right there. We're just going to use a Phillips head screwdriver, take these out. We have to use a magnet to get them out. We take that one out. I'm going to take a trim tool, go around the door panel, some clips. Just twist to the side a little bit. I'll just grab the door panel, slide it up slightly, slip it out. There you go. Comes off nice and easy. All right we want to take these cables, take the white one, slide it up, and then pull this ball out. It's just a retainer that holds it into that mechanism. The green one, slide it up. Same with that. Slide that out of the way. Remember the green one was on the bottom. That goes for the handle side and the white one is for the lock.

Flip this handle over the green one. Green cable goes on the bottom, slide the ball through that retainer right there, and then slide that right there into that clip. Slide this white one over here into the lock. Slide it on like that, lock it in place.

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. One set's lined up. Just check to see if these pins are lined up with the holes. When they are, just give it a little tap. Go all the way around like that and just feel and make sure the panel is flushed with the door. 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. 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. Position this, right here, first, and then push down on the front. Just like that. Take this little cover, just line this up, lock it in place.

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