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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 03-05 Dodge Stratus

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:30)
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the three Phillips screws at the bottom of the door panel
    • Remove the Phillips head screw at the back corner of the door panel
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Disconnect the door lock rod from the door handle
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step : Removing the Interior Door Handle (2:52)
    • Remove the two T20 screws from the door handle
    • Remove the door handle
    • Pry off the door lock switch with a flat blade screwdriver
  3. step : Reinstalling the Interior Door Handle (3:41)
    • Insert the switch into the door handle
    • Insert the door handle into the door
    • Tighten the two T20 screws to the door handle
  4. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (4:20)
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the Phillips head screw to the back corner of the door panel
    • Insert the three Phillips screws to the bottom of the door panel
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door pull
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door handle

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace an inside door handle on the front door of this 2004 Dodge Stratus, same as any '01 to '06. The door handle on this vehicle is in fine shape, so we just take it off and put it back on just to show you. Tools you'll need are a flat blade screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, door panel clip tool or a putty knife to pry out on the door panel, as well as a T20 Torx driver.

Use a small flat blade screwdriver, and down in the pull cup here pry up a little trapdoor, there's a little Phillips screw in there. Then, in behind your door handle, there's another Phillips screw in there. Then there are three Phillips screws: one there, there, and then one on the back edge here. I'm just going to fast-forward as I use a Phillips screwdriver and remove six screws in all. This triangle here you can just pull out and off. Now all you need is a putty knife. You want to get it down in behind the door panel here, slide it down, and pull it out. Then start to pull the pins and then the door panel comes up. Right here is your lock harness. There's a little button, press on that to disconnect it. Then, on your latch rod, there's a clip. Reach in behind with my finger, pull that clip off, and then the rod comes up and off. Then, lastly, down here is your window harness. There's a button right in the middle. You really got to push that button, work the harness out, and then your door panel is off.

Once your door panel is off, you want to check these aqua pins here, because there could be pins stuck inside them. Use a pair of needle nose pliers, pull the pins out and then reinstall them on the inside of your door panel. With your door panel off, here's the back of your door handle. A lot of times what will happen is this lever here will break or the shaft that holds everything together will break. There's two T20 Torx screws right here. Okay and fast-forward here as we remove those two T20 Torx screws. Okay, now your handle comes right out.

Okay, so here my handle is in fine shape, so I'm just going to show you this. You would want to remove your switch here. Use a screwdriver and kind of pry out and pull the switch and pull it out. Obviously, then, you'd put the switch back in your new handle. The three tabs are on the bottom, so just put it right back in. Start my two screws. Fast-forward here again as we start those two screws and tighten them up with a T20 Torx driver. Okay, pull this clip up like that.

To put your door panel back on, first reconnect your power window switch. Make sure it clicks. Bring it close and reconnect your power door locks. Take this rod, put into the hole, slip the clip right around, and flip it on. Make sure your lock goes through. There is a larger locating tab, it goes into a big hole, once you've got that, make sure your pins go in. Cheat back, make sure all the pins go in correctly. Now it's just a matter of replacing all the Phillips screws. We'll speed up as we replace all those screws and those one down in the door cup, behind the door panel. There's also three at the bottom and then one at the back.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

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