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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 94-97 Honda Accord

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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 94-97 Honda Accord

Created on: 2010-09-03

Watch this video to learn how to replace the exterior door handle on your 94-97 Honda Accord.

  1. step 1 :Remove the door panel
    • For more detailed instructions, check out our other videos.
    • Carefully remove your water shield.
    • Remove the brackets with your Phillips screwdriver and set them aside.
  2. step 2 :Remove the outside door panel
    • Disconnect the wiring harness s from the power lock.
    • Unclip the latch mechanism from the lock cylinder.
    • Unbolt the door handle with your 10 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the Phillips screw to remove the latch assembly.
    • Carefully remove the door handle.
    • Unclip the latch rod to extricate the door handle completely.
    • Transfer the lock cylinder to the new door handle by pulling out the retaining clip and sliding the cylinder out.
  3. step 3 :Install the new door handle
    • Transfer the lock assembly to the new door handle
    • Clip it to the lock cylinder.
    • Connect the lock and latch rods, and connect the power lock harness.
    • Bolt the door handle in with your 10 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Secure the lock assembly with the Phillips screw.
  4. step 4 :install the door panel
    • For more detailed instructions, check out our other videos.

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Putty Knife

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related


    Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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In this video we'll be showing you how to replace the driver's side front door handle. Pretty much the same as the passenger side as well on this 95' Accord. Same as a 94' to 97' Accord four door, both sedan and station wagon. Tools you'll need are Philips screwdriver, a regular size one and a number one which is the smaller size. Not the smallest size but the smaller size. Regular screwdriver both a regular size and a small one. Putty knife and a rag or a door panel clip tool and a 10 millimeter socket and ratchet with an extension.

We're going to burn through taking the door panel off. If you want to see this in regular motion, just check out our other videos for the Accord door panel removal. You probably couldn't get enough here, it's a couple of screws, remove your door handle. Remove your switches there and then unplug the switches and take your putty knife or your door panel clip tool and a rag so you don't scratch your paint. Release the clips on the door panel, pull it up and off. After that, carefully remove your water shield. If you look closely on this car, they at some point, somebody has torn it all up. You want to carefully remove it, remove all the screws and stuff that hold the brackets and on and remove the clips that hold the wiring on so you can get it off in one piece because it does keeps moisture out of the car. Once we get through this and then we'll go to the door handle. You want to remove this brown clip here on the door, it's holding a wire harness. Basically just take a screwdriver, twist it in there to push it out and then go to the top side and twist and push out and it comes right out. The next step is there's a little clip holding the back of the wax cylinder. Reach in there with a small screwdriver, pry that clip off. There it goes.

Now you want to use a 10 millimeter socket and remove the two bolts holding the handle. Now, you can push up here and push the bottom of your door handle out and then you want it slide it forward some until you see actually, you want to pull this arm off and then pull this down so you can see this little screw here. You want to use a number one Philips screwdriver which is small but not the smallest and you want to unscrew that little screw which then allows this assembly to come off. Push that screw in. A lot of times what will happen is when you move your handle forward you get out at line, what you want to do is pull it back and place so it's in the right spot and then reach I'm reaching in here with this hand and pushing back up on that little tab, getting it the handle would come out. Rotating it forward and now your handle is out.

What you want to do, right here, this wiring harness is going to be held on by a little clip. You want to pry that off which give you a little bit of wiggle room and then this rod is clipped in here. Basically what you want to do is take a little screwdriver and you want to be using this finger to pull on the rod and pull it up, pull it down and push it through and then your door handle is out. Once you have the handle out, new handles generally don't come with your lock plus you want to have the lock that fits your key. You want to swap over the lock. Back here, it's held in with a rotating clip. You want to take that rotating clip and pry it off to the side and then pull it up and out. Your lock will come out. On the new handle generally they come with the clip in. The clip is in and you just take your lock and put it into the new handle.

Unfortunately I don't have a new handle in stock to show you. You press it in and make sure that you hear a good click and then press on your lock to make sure it's installed well. Before you go to reinstall the handle you need to actually take this off of this rod so that you can then put it back on to the handle. To reinstall, you want to take this little assembly and you want the wiring harness to go up above. There's a little locating pin right there and you put that down and then on and want this stay together here, and then the screw down in, tighten up the screw. This, you want cling towards the front of the handle. You want this end here point towards the front of the handle, put it down on there, you need to have your clip and push it on some with your hand and the rest of the way with the screwdriver either a flat blade or I'm just using the end of the Philips. Make sure it gets all the way on there. Now, route this wiring harness down through.

It's got a little clip here that clips right in there and then you want to make sure that this and your other rod here are nice and free, they're not caught on anything. You take the handle and put the back side up and in. Get it in and slide it back at the same time and then it clicks in. Inside the door we need to reconnect our two rods. Make sure they're nice and free, they're not held on anything. Get this lock rod first, just get it right up into place and then push it in and then way up top. You'll see your latch rod, push that right in. If you have that done, you just line up the handle and put in your two 10 millimeter bolts and then make sure you put this little pin back in place to hold the harness. We're going to speed through reattaching everything and putting the water shield back on. Make sure you put the water shield back on and put all the components on then put the door panel on and you're all set. If you want to see this part in regular motion just check out our other videos for the Honda Accord driver's side door panel.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Putty Knife

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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