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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 07-10 Hyundai Elantra

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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 07-10 Hyundai Elantra

Created on: 2019-07-01

Watch this video to learn how to replace an interior door handle on your 07-10 Hyundai Elantra. 1A Auto shows you step by step.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Door Panel
    • Remove the screw cap behind the door handle
    • Remove the Phillips screw behind the cap
    • Remove the screw cap in the bottom of the door pull handle
    • Remove the Phillips screw in the door pull handle
    • Pry around the edge of the door panel to loosen the retaining clips
    • Pry to remove the door speaker housing
    • Disconnect the speaker electrical connector
    • Pull the door panel off the door
    • Disconnect the switch panel electrical connector
  2. step 2 :Removing the Interior Door Handle
    • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the door handle to the door
    • Disconnect the upper lock cable from the handle assembly
    • Disconnect the lower door latch cable from the handle assembly
  3. step 3 :Installing the Interior Door Handle
    • Reconnect the lower cable to the door handle lever
    • Reconnect the upper cable to the door lock lever
    • Reinstall the door handle assembly into the door with the three Phillips screws
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Ensure all retaining clips are mounted on the door panel
    • Reconnect the switch panel electrical connector
    • Hang the door panel on the window edge and then press it in to lock in the retaining clips
    • Reinstall the door handle trim
    • Reinstall the door handle screw
    • Close the screw cap in the door handle
    • Reinstall the door pull handle screw
    • Close the screw cap door in the door pull handle

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Pocket Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hey friends, it's Len here, at 1A Auto. Today I'm working on a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. I'm going to show you how to remove the inner door handle on a right front door. It's going to be a fairly simple job. I want to be the guy that shows you how to do it. If you need any parts or instructional videos, you can always check us out at Thanks.

I'm going to start by trying to remove this little plug right here. Let's see if I can get my pocket screwdriver in there. There we are. It's just a little door. There it is. It opens us up to a Phillips head screw. You could use a flat head if you have that. It works just as well. That's what it looks like, Phillips. Put that aside where we could find it.

Let's move along. Down inside the door handle, there is another little flappy door. There we are. Put that little piece of plastic aside. Down in there, there's also a Phillips head. See if I can get it with this screwdriver. Doesn't feel like it. I'm going to grab a stronger screwdriver, and we'll pull that right out. So, we have our Phillips head. I'm just going to get this in here. There's our screw. It's a little corroded. Probably, a little bit of moisture made its way down here, and sat in there, and had some fun.

Okay, so, we've got this out. We've got this out. We'll analyze our situation. The door panel, more than likely, will sit like this, and if there's any other screws, they would be kind of along the bottom, which this one doesn't feel like it has any, so that's nice. I'm going to take my plastic trim tool and just find one side to come in from. Grab a skinnier one real quick, see if I can get it in under here somewhere.

Just working my way up. Be careful getting your fingers into any pinch points. You want to be safe. Then along the bottom. There we are. This is what the push clips look like under there, okay? Nothing too crazy. We'll be able to put that right back in once we get the door panel off. This pops right off. We're just going to disconnect our tweeter speaker.

There's just a little push clip right there. I like to use my pocket screwdriver. I'm just going to go right here, give it a little push, and pop it out, and set that aside. All I did was push right along where this tab is. You can either push on the tab, or I even went just in front of it in between the plastic and then pulled it out. We'll check our electrical connector, make sure it's in good condition, and we can move along.

Now, let's go ahead and take off our panel. Give it a little shift, going to work it out here. There we are. Put this out of the way. Behind here, there's one wiring harness. It's right back there. Just a little push, just give it a little push, give this a little tug, check our connector. Looks pretty good. We'll put our door panel aside.

So, we've got the door panel off. Now, we are going to take a look at our inner handle and see what we're doing. Phillips head, Phillips head, Phillips head. Two cables. The cable that runs along the top stays along the top. The cable on the bottom stays along the bottom. That's easy enough to remember. One screw, two screws, three screws. They all look the same, not worried about mixing them up. Let's move along.

Here's the backside of our inner door handle. These are fairly simple to get off. All you're going to do, be careful for any pinch points or hurting yourself, of course. I'm just going to take this, I'm going to take my index finger, and I'm going to try to lift this, okay? It's going to come straight up just like that. And then right here, you can see the circle. All that's going to happen is, I'm going to lift my cable straight up through there, and that's out of the way.

Try to guess what we are going to do on this one? I'm going to be careful. I'm going to lift this up. That one comes right out, but assuming it didn't and it was still in there, all you would do is line up the slot, you've got your little thing, slide it out. Now, we've removed our inner door handle.

So, here we go. We've got our door panel. It's time to get ready to reinstall this. We remember the way that these cables went. The top cable goes to the top, bottom cable to the bottom. Start with whichever you like. I'm going to go with the bottom. Just going to slide it in right there. Bring this down. I'm just going to give it a little pinch. Click. Easy-peasey.

Let's do this one. I'm going to take the cable, and I'm going to line it up with my hole there, /slot. Bring it in. I'm going to line this up with where it goes. Give it a little squeeze. There it is. Turn this up. Sounds good. Let's mount it up with our three Phillips head screws. So, here we are. I've got one Phillips head. I'm not going to go ahead and tighten it down until I get all three of them started. This is very important. Okay, the three are started. I'll press it into place. There we are. Perfect.

Let's grab that door panel. So, before we go ahead and put the door panel on, we just want to check to make sure that we have all of our little clippy-do's inside the panel. There should be one right here. There isn't, so we need to find it. There's one there, one missing here, there, there, there, there, all the way around. So, we are missing two. One fell and hit the floor when I was down at the bottom.

So, I'll show you what I'm going to do. It just slides right in. You see that there's grooves on this? It goes on the outer ring, the farthest one away. Slides right in just like that. Now, let's find our other one. I'm going to guess it's on the door. Where else would it be, right? Unless the floor, I guess. So I'm going to take my little forky tool, or if you had something different, like, I don't know, cutters or whatever you need to do to get it out. There we are.

Slide it into the door panel like the other one. Easy-peasy. All our clips are in. We are going to take our electrical connector, push it in. I heard a click. Give it a little wiggle. That's very nice. Now, along the top here, there's a little hook. It goes kind of like this. That sits right up on here, just like this. So, when you bring it up, you're just going to try to push in. Settle it down along the top here. All right. This is up, right? That was down in there. Well, you want to make sure you get it up. Now's the time.

Okay, here comes the fun part. I'm going to hold the door, and I'm going to give it a little bonk. Bonk, bonk, bonk. There we go. That's my thing. Just go around. Love it. It's going nowhere. All right. So, there we are. We can move onto the next step. We'll go ahead and put our screw back in here. We've got our little cover, here, and we've got our screw hole. Now, that's going to line up with that hole in there.

All I'm going to do now is, I'm going to lift this, slide that. I'm just going to push it in. There it is. Nice and snug. Take our little cover, lock it in. I've got my Phillips head screw for down here. There we are. I've got my little door. I'm just going to find the tab, here. There it is. All right. We'll double check everything. That's good.Works good.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Pocket Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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