Step 2: Pry and remove the small trim panel that covers the side mirror's mounting area.
Step 3: GENTLY pry and remove the window control switch-plate. Disconnect the wiring harness (1) attached to the plate's underside.
Step 4: Pry and remove the screw cover on the interior door pull, exposing a Phillips screw (1). Loosen and remove this screw.
Step 5: Pry and remove the door panel light's lens cover. Disconnect the wiring harness (1) attached to the back of the light.
Step 6: Pry and remove the screw cover inside the interior door handle, exposing a Phillips screw (1). Loosen and remove this screw.
Step 7: Pry and remove the screw cover just beneath the side mirror mount, exposing a Phillips screw (1). Loosen and remove this screw.
Step 8: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.
Step 9: Using the Phillips screwdriver, depress the center of the retaining pins (2) near the door latch. You can now pull these pins from the door panel.
Step 10: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), pry and remove the interior door panel.
A series of retaining clips holds the door panel to the frame. As you slide along the outer edge, you'll feel a clip. When you do, pry outward, and you will hear the "pop" of the clip releasing.
Step 11: You can now lift and remove the interior door panel
Step 12: GENTLY peel and remove the water shield. Be careful not to tear it, as we'll need to reattach it later!
Step 13: Disengage the retaining clips (2) that secure the locking rods to the back of the exterior door handle.
Step 14: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the door handle to the door frame.
Step 15: You can now pull the door handle through the exterior of the door.
Step 16: Loosen and remove the mounting bolt (1) that secures the locking cylinder to the OLD door handle. Mount it to the NEW handle.
Step 17: Move the handle into position and secure it by tightening the 10mm bolts (2). Re-engage the retaining clips (2) to secure the locking rods to the assembly.
Step 18: Reattach the water shield.
Step 19: To reattach the interior door panel, simply reverse the removal process.
Be sure to tighten all Phillips screws, re-engage all retaining clips, and reattach all of the bezels and trim panels. Also, be sure to reconnect the interior door light and window switch-plate wiring harnesses!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001 Toyota Sequoia Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement Instructions