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How to Replace Rear Inside Door Handle 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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  1. step : Removing the Rear Inside Door Handle (0:21)
    • Pry up underneath the window switch bezel
    • Disconnect the window switch connector
    • Pry out the trim piece behind the door handle
    • Pry off the trim bezel from the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door handle
    • Remove the two Phillips screw from the door pull
    • Pry out the door panel from its clips with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Unclip the door handle
    • Disconnect the cables from the inside door handle
  2. step : Installing the Rear Inside Door Handle (3:18)
    • Connect the green door cable to the inside door handle
    • Connect the white door cable to the inside lock lever
    • Clip on the door handle
    • Lift the door panel up into place
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the two Phillips screws to the door pull
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the interior door handle
    • Press on the interior door handle trim
    • Press on the door pull trim
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Press the window switch into the door panel

What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the rear inside door handle on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to I'm going to take a trim tool and I want to get underneath this bezel right here.

Slide this up. Slide this out of the way, and then disconnect the connector right here. Just push down. Disconnect the connector. Now, you don't necessarily have to take this off to take the door panel off. It just makes it a lot easier to disconnect the connector like this rather than while you're fighting and fumbling with the door panel.

Now we want to take this cover out. Just take a trim tool. Get underneath here, and there's some clips that hold that on. Take this cover off right here. Sometimes you can just grab it with your fingers or you can get the trim tool underneath there. Try to rotate it off. There's clips on there, the bottom, and the middle, and on the top.

Now, there's three screws. There's one right here and two right there. I'm going to use a Phillips head screwdriver to take these screws out. Just grab it, and then these two. And this last one. Take a magnet to get the bottom one out, and remember these two are different than that other one. Now you can use some trim tools and I always like to start from the front of the door panel closest to the car in case you scratch anything.

Then just go all around. There's just some push pins that hold the door panel on. Just like that. Take it. Slide up the door panel. This handle should slide off here. It should just be clipped in. There we go. It just slides down. We're going to take this inside door handle off.

We want to take the cables off the handle, so disconnect this cable right here at the bottom one. It happens to be the green one, which is the lever side and the white one is the lock side. So, slide it up and then slide the retaining ball out, and same with the white one. Slide it up, twist it and slide out the ball.

We want to reattach this to the cables. Slide the green cable into the bottom. That's the one with the handle. Just like that, and then through there. The white one goes on top, just like that. Now take the door panel, and slide the handle right through here. There's two tabs right there on the top and the bottom. It's just going to slide into place right there.

If you check it from the outside, just make sure it looks good, it looks right. Then slide the top part of the panel in first. Pull the wiring harness through here so you can connect the switch after, and then once the panel is lined up, you can just push it on. Take a Phillips head screwdriver, and these two longer screws are going to go for the handle part, and get those started first.

Snug those up, and then this smaller screw is going to go right here through the handle. Snug it up, not too tight. This cover is going to go over the handle. Lock that in place, and this cover is going to go right behind the handle. Pull out the handle. Line it up. Lock it in place. Reconnect the window switch to the connector. Line it up. Lock it in place. Then there's a slide right here that slides in the back. That slides like that, and then push down on the front.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Magnet - Extendable

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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