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How to Replace Rear Exterior Door Handle 05-10 Chrysler 300

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How to Replace Rear Exterior Door Handle 05-10 Chrysler 300

Created on: 2017-02-13

This video shows you how to replace the rear exterior door handle on your 05-10 Chrysler 300. 1A Auto guides you through doing it yourself!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry out the four push pins around the panel's sides
    • Remove the Phillips head screws along the bottom of the panel
    • Pry down the trap door behind the door handle and below the door pull
    • Remove the two Phillips screws
    • Slide the panel up and off of the door lock
    • Slide the latch rod out of the door handle
    • Disconnect the window switch connector
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Lock Actuator
    • Separate the water shield adhesive with a razor
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
    • Remove the two plastic pins from the window panel
    • Pull off the window panel
    • Loosen the two 10mm nuts on the window guide bracket
    • Slide the window guide bracket out of the door
    • Unclip the latch rod from the door handle
    • Release the lock rod clip
    • Pull the lock rod out of the door
    • Release the latch rod clip
    • Remove the latch rod from the door
    • Remove the three T30 Torx bolts from the door lock actuator
    • Unclip the actuator wiring harness from the door
    • Pull the actuator past the window guide out of the door
    • Disconnect the actuator electrical connector
  3. step 3 :Removing the Door Handle
    • Remove the plastic screw cover from the door
    • Remove the three 8mm bolts from the door handle
    • Rotate the door handle out of the door from the outside
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Handle
    • Hook the handle into the door
    • Rotate the handle into place
    • Insert the three 8mm bolts into the door
    • Push the plastic screw cover into the door
  5. step 5 :Installing the Door Lock Actuator
    • Connect the actuator electrical connector
    • Put the actuator into place
    • Insert the three T30 Torx bolts into the actuator
    • Clip the wiring harness to the door
    • Slide the lock rod into the door
    • Clip on the lock rod clips
    • Slide the latch rod into the door
    • Clip on the latch rod clips
    • Hang the window guide bracket by its bolts
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts for the bracket
    • Put the window panel into place
    • Push the two plastic pins into the window panel
    • Line up the water shield
    • Push on the water shield adhesive
    • Stick the watershield on with tape if necessary
  6. step 6 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Connect the window switch connector
    • Connect the latch rod out of the door handle
    • Slide the door panel up into place
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the three Phillips screws to the panel
    • Close the trap doors
    • Press on the four push pins to the door panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Bit

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years. We're dedicated to delivering quality auto parts, expert customer service, fast and free shipping, all backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Visit us at, your trusted source for quality auto parts.

In this video we're going to be working with our 2006 Chrysler 300. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's exterior door handle in the rear. If you like this video, please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this and many other vehicles. If you need this part for your car, you can follow the link down in the description over to Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

The four plastic push pins on your door, there're three on the outside edge here, and one on the inside edge, all you have to do to remove these is pop the centers in. You can use a screwdriver to do that and you don't have to knock them all the way through like that, you can just pop them in. Use one of your 1A Auto trim tools to get behind it and pry the clips out. So there are four Phillips head screws along the bottom of the door panel and one up in the corner here in that four. There's a little tab under the door handle that you have to pry down with a trim tool and there's another Phillips head screw in there. Our piece of trim is missing but you'll normally have to pop down a little trim flap here to access that Phillips head screw.

Once you've got everything exposed, you can go ahead and remove all of those with a Phillips head screwdriver. Once you've got all your screws off, you may not even need your trim tool, pull the panel out and release all the clips, then slide it up and off the door lock. Pop the tab over for the latch rod on your door handle, rotate it out of the way and slide the latch rod out of the pull. You can then reach the connector for the rear window switch and unplug it and remove your door panel from the vehicle.

Now we'll remove our interior water shield here in the door panel. Now, you can see ours has been taken apart before and somebody wasn't very careful with it. It's all cracked up and broken, so there's really only so much I can do now to save it, but this is a perfect example of why you want to go slow and careful especially with water shields like this. Now, what I'm doing is using a razor blade to separate the adhesive because these water shields are so delicate on these cars. All I'm doing is laying it flat against the door on top of the adhesive and just pushing down nice and smooth while pulling out on the water shield. You can see, even then, I'm cracking it. This stuff is just really, really fragile. Once all the adhesive is separated, pull your wire harness and your door rod through the weather shield and place it off to the side.

Now one of ours is missing, but there should be one of these black push-pins on the opposite side of the upper door panel as well. Once again, simply pop the center in, use your trim tool to pop it out. Do the same thing on the opposite side, and with this one you need to kind of pull out and in to unhook it and remove it.

Loosen these two 10 mm screws with a socket and ratchet. Once they're loose, reach inside of the door panel and slide them up into the openings and pull back. Then, pull down and remove your window guide.

Reach in and undo this latch on the door handle. Just push it back like that so it rotates out of the way, and then pull the rod out of the retainer. Now, there's a white latch here that secures the lock rod. You'll also need to unlatch that and pop that rod out. Then, just so we don't lose it, grab the actual rod and rotate it and remove it from the door.

Now, through that same opening you'll see this little red latch for your door latch rod. Do the same thing: just pop that down. You may need to use a screwdriver, this one's a little tough, and remove that as well.

Remove these three T30 Torx screws with a T30 Torx socket and a ratchet. Make sure you keep a hand on the actuator when you remove the last screw so it doesn't just drop into the door. We're going to pull the rubber for the window guide out of the way. Undo this wire harness retainer by pulling back, and then remove the entire lock and latch assembly from the door. Remove your connector, and remove this from the vehicle.

Remove this piece of plastic, and you should now be able to access two 8mm screws for the rear of the handle here, and the other one through this opening that we removed our window guide from. To remove the handle, keep your thumb on the back part so you can open the latch, which will lay it flat making it easier to remove. Rotate and remove the front of the handle from the door.

Here we have our old door handle, which we removed from our vehicle, and our new part from Now this is the passenger handle that we removed, and a drivers handle that we've got to show you, however they are the same, they're just going to be opposite orientation as they're meant for opposite sides of the vehicle. You can still see that it has the same handle, same base, the same hook at the front, same alignment pins, three bolt mounting locations, the same latch mechanism, and the same clasps for your latch rods. If your handle is broken or cracked, or you just want to make the outside of your vehicle look a little nicer, this new part from 1A Auto will go in direct fit, just like your original equipment, enhance the look of your vehicle, and fix you up right.

Hook the front of the handle back into the door. Again, we're using our thumb to hold the base so we can open the handle, and push down the actual latch there, making installing that easier. Be sure to install all three of your screws partially before tightening any of them down just to ensure that the door handle is aligned properly. Reinstall the plastic cover over the access hole.

Reconnect your door lock assembly. Reinstall it into the door. Reinstall the three T30 Torx screws into the latch assembly, then tighten them down with your T30 Torx socket and ratchet. Reconnect the tab for the wiring harness and reinstall all of your latch rods and clasps.

Reinstall the steel for your window guide. Slide the bolts back into their openings, down into their slots, and tighten them up with your 10 mm socket and ratchet. Lock the upper plastic trim back over the edge of the door. You’ve just got to kind of line it up and push it in while you roll it back into place so it actually engages behind the steel on the door. Pop the tab on your push-clip back up. Reinstall both of them. Again, one of ours is missing. Lock it back in with your thumb.

Reinstall your water shield. Be sure that the wire harness and latch rods come through in the appropriate places. It may be a little tricky to line up when it's as damaged as ours is. Hopefully yours came off a little bit nicer. If you need to, you can use a little bit of tape to help keep this in place. Normally the adhesive should stick back together.

Reconnect your window switch and your latch. Remember the rod goes in, clasp snaps over it. Make sure that the lock slides back through the panel in the appropriate place. Line up your panel, snap the plastic clips back in. Reinstall your four plastic push clips. Reinstall the four Phillips head screws along the bottom edge of your door panel, the one hidden under the handle, and the other one hidden behind your door handle, and you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Bit

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