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How do you Change, Replace, or Install 2003-2007 Saturn Ion Door Handle (Interior) Replacement





Tools required:

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the small trim panel that covers the side mirror's mounting point.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (3).


Two are inside the interior door pull, while the third is just below the speaker.

Step 4: Pry and remove the retaining clips (2) near the latch of the door.

To disengage the clips, remove the center and pry the clip from the door panel.

Step 5: Pry and remove the automatic door lock switch. Disconnect the wiring harness attached to the back.

Step 6: Pry and remove the mirror control switch. Disconnect the wiring harness attached to the back.

Step 7: Pry and lift the window control switch-panel, disconnect the wiring harnesses (2) attached to the underside of the panel.

Step 8: Pry and remove the interior door panel.


A series of clips line the inside of the door panel. Pry along the outer edge to release the panel from the door frame.

Step 9: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door handle. Disengage the locking rods (2) from the backside of the interior door handle.

Step 10: Attach the locking rods (2) to the new interior door handle. Mount the assembly by tightening the Phillips screw.


The TOP rod has a GREEN designation, and it is the lock "“ it attaches to the bottom clip.

Step 11: Reattach the interior door panel.

Be sure to connect all wiring harnesses, reattach all trim panels, and engage the clips that hold the interior door panel to the door frame.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
07 2007, 06 2006, 05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003 Saturn Ion Door Handle (Interior) Replacement Instructions
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