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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2000-2004 Subaru Outback Front Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement

Fits Years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004


Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door. Be sure that the window is UP.

Step 2: Pry and remove the retaining pin (1) near the door hinge side of the panel.

Step 3: Pry and remove the triangular trim panel near the side mirror mount.

Step 4: Pry and lift the power window control panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (2) from the UNDERSIDE of the panel.

Step 5: Pry and remove the screw cover (1) near the interior door's arm rest. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1).

Step 6: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 7: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 8: Pry and separate the door panel from the door frame.


A series of retaining clips secures the door panel to the frame. By working your way around the outer edge of the panel, you can "pop" the retaining clips free by prying outward.

Step 9: Disconnect the wiring harness (1) from the back of the interior door panel.

Step 10: The door panel should now be free from the vehicle.

Step 11: GENTLY peel back the water shield. Be careful not to tear it, as we'll need to reattach it later!

Step 12: Disengage the retaining clip (1) that secures the locking rod to the back of the door handle.

Step 13: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the handle to the door.

Step 14: Pull the locking cylinder from the BACK of the handle assembly.

Step 15: By lifting on the handle assembly (from the outside), you can pull it from the door. Disengage the retaining clip (1) from the back of the assembly.

Step 16: Move the door handle into position. Engage the retaining clip (1) to the back of the handle. The assembly should snap into position.

Step 17: Tighten the 10mm bolts (2).

Step 18: Engage the locking rod's retaining clip (1).

Step 19: Insert the locking cylinder into the door handle (from the rear).

Step 20: Reattach the water shield.

Step 21: To reattach the interior door panel, connect the wiring harness (1) to the back of the panel, and move it into position.


With a FIRM, but not too firm, strike near each retaining clip, you can "snap" them back into place, securing the panel to the door frame.

Step 22: Reattach the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 23: Reattach the triangular trim panel near the side mirror mount.

Step 24: Tighten the Phillips screws (2).

Step 25: Reattach the retaining pin near the door hinge and the screw cover on the arm rest.

Step 26: Connect the wiring harnesses (2) to the UNDERSIDE of the power window panel. "Snap" the panel back into position.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000 Subaru Outback Front Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement Instructions
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