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How to Replace Outside Door Handle 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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How to Replace Outside Door Handle 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Created on: 2019-07-03

If your 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser needs a new outside door handle, check out this video to learn how to replace it yourself! 1A Auto makes it easy!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Outside Door Handle
    • Remove the access hole cover on the edge of the door
    • Loosen the T27 screw
    • Remove the door lock assembly
    • Push the door handle rearward and pull it out
    • Pry the door lock from the door lock cover
  2. step 2 :Installing the Outside Door Handle
    • Insert the door lock into the door lock cover
    • Insert the door handle and then push it forward into position
    • Insert the door lock assembly into the door
    • Tighten the T27 screw
    • Replace the access hole cover
    • Test door lock and handle operation

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pocket Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T27 Torx Driver

Installation Video
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Hey, friends. It's Len here, at 1A Auto. Today I'm working on a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, and I'm going to show you how to do a left front door handle assembly with, of course, the lock assembly. It's going to be very easy, and I want to be the guy that shows you how to do it. If you need these or any other parts, you can always check us out at Thanks.

Here we go. What we're going to do is we're going to grab our small pocket screwdriver, careful not to scuff our paint as much as possible here. All we want to do is pull out this little plastic tabby thing here, just a little cover. Okay? Nothing special about it. All it does is cover this hole, and the hole covers are a little bolt that's right there. What we want to do now is we want to remove that bolt. Let's see. We're going to use our Torx bit 27. It looks like a star. The bolt itself should stay right in there. Okay. Now we're going to come out here. I'm just going to grab onto our lock cover here. Pull that right out.

Now we'll grab our handle. We'll pretend like we're opening the door. Let's see. Here we are. Just got to work it a little bit. Little open, little closed, somewhere in the middle there. And here's our handle assembly. Lock. Handle. There we are. Let's go ahead and replace this. Here we are. It's the backside of the lock. Okay? Right here, you can tell there's a little tab. All we're going to do is lift. Try to pry this little thing out of here. It should come right out. There we are. Easy peasy.

Right here we have our original FJ Cruiser—well, 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser door handle. We just removed it, the little lock cover there. Okay? Over here, we have our brand new quality 1A Auto part. Yeah, it's a different color. Yeah, you can get it painted if you want. Or if you like it black, I would go with black. I just want to show you both handles are the exact same, in exception of just a different color. If you're worried about the color like I said, you can go ahead and paint it, or you can do whatever you need to do. This right here, same exact setup. As you can tell, they're both the same exact shape. Everything looks the same except for the color. I don't see any reason why I wouldn't install this onto this vehicle, so I'm going to go ahead and do it. If you need this or any other quality part, you can always check us at Thanks.

Okay, so let's just take a look at it real quick. It's the way it goes in. Get this little shifty thing right there. I'm just going to go in there like that. This piece right here—here's my pocket screwdriver. You can try to separate it a little bit and slide it in. Here we are. Looks like it's good to go. Let's go ahead and install this into the vehicle. Okay. So now what we're going to do, we're going to take our new door handle, just going to slide it in from the front there, in the backside. Let's give it a little bonk. There we are.

It's in there nice. Ensure our bolt isn't sliding through. Sometimes it likes to try to come back through. We don't want that yet. The locking assembly, this unit right here, is pretty much what holds your handle assembly in. So once we get this in and bolt it in, it's going to hold in the door latch, or door handle, I should say. Alright. Take our T27. I'm just going to snug this up. Okay—bottomed out. Give it a little bit. And grab our cover. Here we are. Okay? Windows down just in case. Flawless. Booya.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pocket Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T27 Torx Driver

2007 - 2014  Toyota  FJ Cruiser
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