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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1996-2002 Toyota 4Runner Front Door Panel (Interior) Replacement

Fits years: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

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Tools required:

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Door Panel Clip Tool (or putty knife)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and lift the power window control plate. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (3) from the UNDERSIDE of the control plate.

Step 3: Pry and remove the arm rest surrounding the interior door pull.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 5: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2) located near the interior door pull.

Step 6: Disengage and remove the retaining pin located near the door latch. Also, remove the retaining pin located near the door hinge.


Depress the center of the pin, allowing for it to be removed.

Step 7: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel. Disengage the locking rod (1) from the back of the interior door handle.

Step 8: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), pry and remove the interior door panel.


A series of retaining pins holds the door panel to the frame. When you reach one, simply pry outward to disengage it, releasing the door panel.

Step 9: You can now remove the interior door panel.

Step 10: To reattach the door panel, simply reverse the removal process. However, be sure to pull any retaining pins that stayed with the door frame out, and reattach them to the door panel.


Be sure to tighten the Phillips screws, re-engage the locking rod, and reconnect all wiring harnesses!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

96 1996, 97 1997, 98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002 Toyota 4Runner Replacement Instructions

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