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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma Rear Gate Handle Replacement

Fits years: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

All Toyota Tacoma for sale Tools required:
  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Vise Grips


Step 1: Open the vehicle's tailgate.

If you have a bed-liner, remove it from the tailgate door.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (4) that hold the upper tailgate plate to the frame.

Step 3: Disengage the locking rods from the tailgate handle.


Release the retaining clips and pull the rods from the handle.

Step 4: Loosen and the 10mm bolts (2) that hold the tailgate handle to the tailgate door.

Step 5: You can now remove the tailgate handle from the tailgate.


NOTE: If the bolts, which should be attached to the handle, remain with the tailgate door after removing the handle, use Vise Grips to remove them.

Step 6: Mount the new tailgate handle by tightening the 10mm bolts (2) that secure it to the tailgate.

Step 7: Re-engage the locking rods to the new tailgate handle.

Step 8: Tighten the Phillips screws (4) that secure the tailgate panel to the door frame.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

95 1995, 96 1996, 97 1997, 98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003, 04 2004 Toyota Tacoma Replacement Instructions

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