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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2001-2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement

Fits Years: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005


Tools required:

  • T15 Torx Driver

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the small trim panel near the side mirror's mounting area.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) beneath the interior door pull.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle.

Step 5: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (3) that line the outer edge of the interior door panel.

Step 6: You can now pry and remove the interior door panel.


A series of retaining clips holds the interior door panel to the door frame. You will hear them "pop" as they disengage, allowing for removal of the door panel.

Step 7: Disconnect the wiring harness (1) from the back of the interior door panel.

Step 8: Disengage the retaining clasp that holds the locking rod (1) to the back of the interior door panel.

Step 9: Pry and remove the rubber grommet near the door latch. Peel back the water shield (GENTLY), just enough to expose the access area for the door handle.

Step 10: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) located on either side of the door handle assembly.


These bolts are accessible through the circular/oval openings, one of which we removed the grommet.

Step 11: Pull the handle from the vehicle slightly, and using the opening on the side of the door, loosen and remove the T15 Torx screw (1).

Step 12: Disengage the latch on the back of the exterior door handle. The handle should now be free from the vehicle.

Step 13: To mount the new exterior door handle, re-engage the latch to the back of the handle, and move the assembly into position. Tighten the T15 Torx screw (1).

Step 14: Tighten the 10mm bolts (2). Reattach the rubber grommet.

Step 15: Reattach the water shield.

Step 16: To reattach the door panel, reconnect the wiring harness (1) and re-engage the clip that secures the locking rod (1) to the back of the interior door handle.

Step 17: Slide the door panel OVER the locking lever, and down into place.


With a FIRM (but not too firm) strike near each retaining clip, you can re-engage them. You will hear them "snap" back into place.

Step 18: Tighten the Phillips screws (4).

Step 19: Tighten the 10mm bolts (2).

Step 20: Reattach the trim panel near the side mirror's mounting area.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement Instructions
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