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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1998-2001 Nissan Altima Door Handle (Interior) Replacement

Fits years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

All Nissan Altima for sale Tools required:

  • Flathead screwdriver (small)

  • Phillips screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the small trim panel that covers the side mirror's mounting point.

Step 3: Pry and remove the window control switch-panel. Disconnect the wiring harness from the underside of the panel.

Step 4: Using the flathead screwdriver, pry and remove the small screw cover inside the interior door pull. Remove the Phillips screw.

Step 5: Lift and remove the door pull handle.

Step 6: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.


There's room for your screwdriver to pry the panel free.

Step 7: You can now lift and remove the interior door panel.

Step 8: Pry and remove the small screw cover inside the interior door panel. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw.

Step 9: Slide the door handle assembly towards the REAR of the car to disengage it from the door frame.

Step 10: Pry and remove the retaining clips for the locking rods (attaching to the door). Disengage the rods from the back of the interior door handle assembly.

Step 11: Attach the locking rods to the interior door handle. Be sure to re-engage the clips that hold the rods to the door frame!

Step 12: Slide the door handle assembly into position, and tighten the Phillips screw (1) to secure its position.

Step 13: Cover the Phillips screw with the circular screw cover.

Step 14: Reattach the interior door panel.


Simply reverse the removal process. Be sure to replace all trim panels, connect the window control's wiring harness, and reattach the side mirror's trim plate.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

98 1998, 99 1999, 00 2000, 01 2001 Nissan Altima Replacement Instructions

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