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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2003-2007 Cadillac CTS Door Handle (Interior) Replacement

Fits years: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

All Cadillac CTS for sale Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver (with towel)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Using the flathead screwdriver (and a towel to help prevent scratching), gently pry and remove the interior door handle's surrounding bezel.

Step 3: Disengage the wiring harness from the back of the automatic lock switch.

Step 4: Pry and remove the door handle lock lever (near the rear of the door, by the window).

Step 5: Pry and remove the small trim panel behind the interior door pull.

Step 6: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2) that we exposed by removing the door pull's trim panel.

Step 7: Pry and remove the interior door panel from the frame.


A series of retaining clips secure the interior panel to the door frame.

Step 8: You can now lift and remove the interior door panel.

Step 9: Loosen and remove the 10mm mounting bolt (1) that secures the interior door handle assembly to the frame.

Step 10: Slide the assembly forward and then out of its position. Disengage the locking rod from the assembly.

Step 11: Engage the locking rod to the new interior door handle assembly, and mount it by tightening the 10mm mounting bolt (1).


Remember, you have to SLIDE the assembly into position before tightening the retaining bolt.

Step 12: Reattach the interior door panel.

Be sure to re-engage the retaining clips, tighten the Philips screws, and reattach all of the trim panels. Also, don't forget to reconnect the door lock's wiring harness!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

03 2003, 04 2004, 05 2005, 06 2006, 07 2007 Cadillac CTS Replacement Instructions

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