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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 02-03 Nissan Maxima

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:56)
    • Pry off the trim piece at the front top corner of the door panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the door handle bezel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips head screw at the front top corner of the door panel
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door pull
    • Pry up the window switch panel by hand
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the door panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step : Removing the Door Handle (4:10)
    • Pry off the door handle bezel
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the door handle
    • Slide the door handle back and off
    • Disconnect the door handle and lock rod
  3. step : Installing the Door Handle (5:25)
    • Insert the door handle and lock rod into place
    • Slide the door handle forward and on
    • Insert the 10mm bolt to the door handle
    • Push on the door handle bezel
  4. step : Installing the Door Panel (6:28)
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the door panel
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the Phillips screw at the top front corner of the door panel
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push in the window switch panel
    • Insert the Phillips screw into the door pull
    • Push in the door pull trim piece
    • Push on the door handle bezel
    • Push on the trim piece at the top front corner of the door panel

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we show you how to remove and replace an inside door handle on this 2003 Nissan Maxima. It's pretty much the same for any 2000 to 2003. We do this on the driver's front door, but the procedure is the same for all doors. Although getting the door panel off is maybe a little bit different for the rear doors. The only tools you'll need include a small flat blade screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a door panel clip tool or a putty knife to pry the door panel from the door, and a bolt that holds the door panel on. 10mm socket with a ratchet is the easiest tool to use, although you could use your Phillips screwdriver to do that.

First, use a small flat blade screwdriver and pop off this cover here. Down here you'll see a little grommet here. Use a screwdriver just to pry up. You see a Phillips screw there, and then right here you pry out and just put the screwdriver in there and release that. Phillips screwdriver, remove the Phillips screw behind here. Just fast-forward here a little bit as I remove that Phillips screw. Then the one that's down in that door pull cup. Now this whole switch plate comes up. Kind of work it back and out. Then grab your small flat blade screwdriver again, and on each of these connectors there's this little tab in the middle. Just push on the little tab and release it. Same thing here, push on the tab and release.

Now you use either a door panel clip tool or a putty knife, and I usually go right in the bottom, put it between the door and the panel, and then go right in the bottom, between the pin and panel, and slide it and find one of the clips, then pull. Once you release one of them, usually the rest of them come out. My screw actually just came out right out of there. Then right around and release, and then the door panel comes up. Now just behind, again, a small screwdriver, and there's a few harnesses. There's one up here, press in on the tab, release it. Reach down here, this one press up, release, and then your courtesy light, press the tab and release it, and it comes off.

There are four tabs, you can see right here, you want to use a small screwdriver and pry, pull out, pry up, and release the tabs. Pry carefully, you don't want to break this bezel. Pull up and off and pull down and out. Then release the bottom ones and that comes out. There's a 10mm bolt right here. Remove that 10mm bolt and then the handle goes back. Then you can pull it out. Let's see here, just pull it this way, this rod will pull up and out, and the same thing with this one. This one pulls up and out.

Obviously my handle's in good shape, but a new handle from 1A Auto is going to go in just the same way. Put your handle like this, put the bottom one in first, guide the rod in there and lift up, put it on, and then the lock rod, same thing. Then push the handle to the door to make sure it's on there. Pull it forward, put this bolt in, tighten it up, slide this back in and on.

Then, to reinstall the panel, just bring the panel close to the door and reconnect the three harnesses: one for the memory switch, this car has memory seats so one's the memory switch; one's just the door module; and then the other one is the courtesy light. Now bring the door panel up and hang it off the windowsill. It goes in towards the window, and then down on top of the windowsill. There's a little piece of insulation, it's usually glued to the door panel. It had come off mine, so I carefully put it back in there. Before you go too far just make sure that you pull the harnesses up and through for the window and mirror switches. Then just around the edge of the panel you can use your fist and just activate the clips around the edge. Now I'm going to speed it up here as I just finish up. Two Phillips screws, one up at the front, install that, then plug in your window switch and put it down in. Put the front up in first, force it forward, and then clip the back in. Put the Phillips screw in and tighten it up. Then the bezel around the door handle, and finish up by putting the little trim panel over the screw in the front.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

2002 - 2004  Infiniti  I35
2002 - 2003  Nissan  Maxima
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