Remove / Install door handle (’96-’02 sedan & wagon, ’97-’02 coupe)

Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")

Relevant Models

1997-2002 SC1
1997-2002 SC2
1996-2002 SL
1996-2002 SL1
1996-2002 SL2
1996-2001 SW1
1996-2001 SW2


  • Nail remover or other prying device – preferably one that can go somewhat around the peg


The door handle is held in with a 2-piece pin that has to be pulled.  Once the pin is out, the handle will slide off easily.  A nail remover like the one below is about the perfect tool.  Using something that will only pry on one side of the pin will be difficult, as the pin is very soft plastic, and the head will likely flex out of the way instead of coming out, and you may even break the head off the pin.

There is one pin to pull per handle, as pictured below.  Just carefully pry downward on the head.  Once the pin is out far enough, the other part of the 2-piece can be pulled out.  Once the pin is out, the handle will come off easily.


Installation is the reverse of removal.

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