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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1998-2003 Toyota Sienna Tailgate Handle Replacement

Fits Years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003


Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's tailgate.

Step 2: Pry and remove the trim panel that covers the rear door pull.

Step 3: Pry and remove the rear door handle (interior).

Step 4: Pry and remove the exterior license plate cover, exposing 2 screws. Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2).

Step 5: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (3) that were exposed in Steps 2 & 3.

Step 6: You can now pry the rear door's interior panel from the door frame.

Step 7: Disengage the tailgate handle's locking cable by pulling and disengaging the retaining clip. Do the same for the handle on the bottom of the door.

Step 8: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (4) that secure the door handle (and mounting panel) in place.

Step 9: Mount the new tailgate handle to the panel, and secure it by tightening the 10mm mounting bolts (4).

Step 10: Engage the locking cables to the new tailgate handle by reconnecting the retaining clips.

Step 11: Reattach the interior door panel.


Simply reverse the removal process. Be sure to re-engage the clips that hold the panel to the door frame, and tighten the 10mm retaining bolts.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998 Toyota Sienna Tailgate Handle Replacement Instructions
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