2000-2004 Subaru Outback Door Handle (Interior) Replacement

Tools required:

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the retaining pin that is near the door hinge (on the interior door panel).

Step 3: Pry and remove the small trim panel that covers the side mirror's mounting point.

Step 4: Pry and remove the window control switch-plate. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (2) from the underside of the control panel.

Step 5: Pry and remove the small screw cover on the door's arm rest.

Step 6: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2).


One is located behind the screw cover we removed in Step 5, while the other is exposed by removing the window control panel.

Step 7: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 8: Pry and remove the interior door panel from the frame.


A series of clips line the outer edge of the door panel. Pull and disengage them to remove the interior door panel.

Step 9: Disconnect the wiring harness attacked to the bottom of the interior door panel.

Step 10: Pry and open the small screw cover inside the interior door handle, exposing a Phillips screw (1). Remove this screw.

Step 11: Slide the assembly toward the rear of the door (latch) to disengage it from the door frame.

Step 12: Disengage the locking rods (2) to fully remove the interior door handle.

Step 13: Engage the locking rods (2) to the new interior door handle.

Step 14: Slide the interior door handle into position. You will feel it "snap" into place.

Step 15: Tighten the Phillips screw (1) to mount the interior door handle. Reattach the screw cover.

Step 16: Reattach the interior door panel.


Be sure to re-engage the retaining clips, reconnect the wiring harnesses, and replace the small plug covers!

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