Truck Door Repair: Handle Replacement

A red truck.
  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 20-50
What You'll Need
Door handle
Tool Kit

Truck door repair can be put aside because it seems like a pricy and labor intensive repair. However, replacing either an exterior or interior door handle is an easy fix that requires a little time, a few simple tools, and a bit of effort. The guide below will help you to replace the handle quickly and have it functional in no time.

Step 1 - Remove Door Panel and Switches

At first glance, this might seem like a scary project, but removing the door panel isn't at bad as it looks. To remove the panel and switches, start by removing plastic around the windows and trim around door handle. Pop up switches on the armrest. This is a pressure clip so a screwdriver placed under it should pop it right out. Remove the screws on the armrest, then roll the window down a few inches to help with the inner bolts. Then take off the metal plate to get to the inner door parts.

Step 2 - Drill Out Rivet Holding the Handle

Three trucks on a road.

This is the trickiest part of the truck door repair. Get your drill and drill out the rivet located at the bottom of the door handle. This will be replaced with a sheet metal screw once you have replaced the broken door handles.

Step 3 - Replace Door Handles

After getting at the door handles, there will be connections for the door opening and locking mechanisms. Disconnect those and slide out the broken door handles. Set new ones in place and make all connections. Use a sheet metal screw to secure the interior handle and put the door back together in reverse order and your truck door repair is complete.