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DIY: How To Replace The Exterior, Front Door Handle On A 1993 Toyota Camry
This is another DIY job sent in by a reader. It shows, step by step, how to remove the door panel and then the outside door handle for replacement. Since all door panels come of in a similar fashion, it will be of help to anyone removing a door panel.
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• Before You Start
Removing The Door Panel
Removing The Door Handle
Installing The Door Handle
Putting It Back Together!
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You have two questions on your site which are somewhat, though not completely answered which I could contribute to. I used your answer in replacing the Toyota Camry exterior door handle to replace my own today and tried to document the process.

In addition, I think that the material it contains about removing the interior door handle trim would be helpful to the person who was trying to get their handle off to get at a Camry window repair. I am a total amateur, a handicapped woman, and I was able to do this repair for $40.00! I would just like to share it with others.

Before You Start:
  • Follow these instructions carefully. Read and be sure you understand them before you begin.
  • Gather together all of your tools and supplies before you begin.
  • Allow plenty of time to do the job so you don't have to hurry.
  • Remember that these are general instructions. For more detailed instructions pertaining to your specific vehicle, consult an appropriate repair manual.
  • Beware of hot objects, sharp instruments and hazardous materials.
  • Don't substitute tools unless you're sure you won't compromise either your safety or the performance of your vehicle.
  • Never work on a vehicle that is only supported by a jack. Use jack stands to support the vehicle while you work. Work on a solid, level surface. Never jack a car up on dirt or grass.
Removing The Door Panel

The first step is to remove the door panel. Start with the window fully up. There are five screws and two pins that have to be removed in addition to the interior door handle trim, which is the hardest - see below. The location of the Phillips head screws to be removed is as follows:

  • 2 under caps which can be easily pried off on the inside edge of the door.
  • 2 screws in the door handle: one underneath the light (which is easily pried out) and another one which has no cover. Once you get the light out, unplug the wires and let them dangle.
  • One screw underneath the mesh cover in the middle of the door. Cover is easily pried off.
DIY: Toyota Camry Door Panel/Front Door Handle

The two pins are located on the outer edge of the door. To remove them, press in on the center of the pin with a screw driver. Then they will just pull out of the door.

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© 2004 Louise Holzhauer

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