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Old 02 Dec 2004, 04:45 pm   #1 (permalink)
Joe Viola
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I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks
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Old 02 Dec 2004, 04:49 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Joe Viola wrote:

> I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
> broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
> assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
> won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
> handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
> door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
> greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks


Sorry. It's a 93 Camry interior door panel.
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Old 02 Dec 2004, 05:57 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:49:43 +0000, Joe Viola wrote:

> Joe Viola wrote:
>
>> I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
>> broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
>> assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
>> won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
>> handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
>> door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
>> greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks

>
> Sorry. It's a 93 Camry interior door panel.



Should be a screw in where the lock is, and another where the 'cup' is,
right down at the bottom. Also, 4 large screws in the door handle itself.
Then, pull GENTLY from the bottom to pull the plastic retainers. That
should do it!
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Old 02 Dec 2004, 06:37 pm   #4 (permalink)
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HachiRoku wrote:

> On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:49:43 +0000, Joe Viola wrote:
>
>
>>Joe Viola wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
>>>broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
>>>assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
>>>won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
>>>handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
>>>door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
>>>greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks

>>
>>Sorry. It's a 93 Camry interior door panel.

>
>
>
> Should be a screw in where the lock is, and another where the 'cup' is,
> right down at the bottom. Also, 4 large screws in the door handle itself.
> Then, pull GENTLY from the bottom to pull the plastic retainers. That
> should do it!



How do I remove the plastic (I call it a cup) piece that fits into the
depression the lock and door release sit in? I've tried prying it out
but something is holding it in. Also, I've removed the two scews that
secure the arm rest but I can't pry that loose either. In other cars
when you've removed all the screws you can find the interior panel
pushes up and the top edge, where it meets the window, comes loose
releasing the whole interior upholstered panel. I'm hoping the 93 Camry
is the same.
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Old 03 Dec 2004, 08:58 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Fri, 03 Dec 2004 00:37:00 +0000, Joe Viola wrote:

> HachiRoku wrote:
>
>> On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:49:43 +0000, Joe Viola wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Joe Viola wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
>>>>broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
>>>>assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
>>>>won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
>>>>handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
>>>>door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
>>>>greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks
>>>
>>>Sorry. It's a 93 Camry interior door panel.

>>
>>
>>
>> Should be a screw in where the lock is, and another where the 'cup' is,
>> right down at the bottom. Also, 4 large screws in the door handle itself.
>> Then, pull GENTLY from the bottom to pull the plastic retainers. That
>> should do it!

>
>
> How do I remove the plastic (I call it a cup) piece that fits into the
> depression the lock and door release sit in? I've tried prying it out
> but something is holding it in. Also, I've removed the two scews that
> secure the arm rest but I can't pry that loose either. In other cars
> when you've removed all the screws you can find the interior panel
> pushes up and the top edge, where it meets the window, comes loose
> releasing the whole interior upholstered panel. I'm hoping the 93 Camry
> is the same.


Unlock the door and pull the opening handle. You should see a screw behind
everything. You have to hold the handle open to unscrew it.
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Old 04 Dec 2004, 09:19 am   #6 (permalink)
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Joe Viola wrote:
>
> HachiRoku wrote:
>
> > On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:49:43 +0000, Joe Viola wrote:
> >
> >
> >>Joe Viola wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
> >>>broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
> >>>assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
> >>>won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
> >>>handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
> >>>door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
> >>>greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks
> >>
> >>Sorry. It's a 93 Camry interior door panel.

> >
> >
> >
> > Should be a screw in where the lock is, and another where the 'cup' is,
> > right down at the bottom. Also, 4 large screws in the door handle itself.
> > Then, pull GENTLY from the bottom to pull the plastic retainers. That
> > should do it!

>
> How do I remove the plastic (I call it a cup) piece that fits into the
> depression the lock and door release sit in? I've tried prying it out
> but something is holding it in. Also, I've removed the two scews that
> secure the arm rest but I can't pry that loose either. In other cars
> when you've removed all the screws you can find the interior panel
> pushes up and the top edge, where it meets the window, comes loose
> releasing the whole interior upholstered panel. I'm hoping the 93 Camry
> is the same.


Joe,

I just went through this with a 94 Camry. I found a site that explains
it pretty good...you have to press down with a screwdriver between the
handle/lock and the "cup"... Check out the photo and info here :

http://autorepair.about.com/od/other.../aa092504a.htm

Like the woman who wrote the article, I cracked the cup trim, too, but
it's not noticible !

HachiRoku, I got the power mirror replaced...new one is working fine !

Dean...
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Old 04 Dec 2004, 08:02 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Sat, 04 Dec 2004 10:19:16 -0500, D Larsen wrote:

>
>
> Joe Viola wrote:
>>
>> HachiRoku wrote:
>>
>> > On Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:49:43 +0000, Joe Viola wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >>Joe Viola wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>>I need to remove my driver's side interior door panel to replace my
>> >>>broken exterior door handle. I've removed the screws in the arm rest
>> >>>assuming it would loosen the arm rest which would then hang free. It
>> >>>won't budge. Also, how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
>> >>>handle sits in? I believe in the well behind it is a screw holding the
>> >>>door panel. Anyone ever remove this interior panel successfully? I'd
>> >>>greatly appreciate some advice. Thanks
>> >>
>> >>Sorry. It's a 93 Camry interior door panel.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Should be a screw in where the lock is, and another where the 'cup' is,
>> > right down at the bottom. Also, 4 large screws in the door handle itself.
>> > Then, pull GENTLY from the bottom to pull the plastic retainers. That
>> > should do it!

>>
>> How do I remove the plastic (I call it a cup) piece that fits into the
>> depression the lock and door release sit in? I've tried prying it out
>> but something is holding it in. Also, I've removed the two scews that
>> secure the arm rest but I can't pry that loose either. In other cars
>> when you've removed all the screws you can find the interior panel
>> pushes up and the top edge, where it meets the window, comes loose
>> releasing the whole interior upholstered panel. I'm hoping the 93 Camry
>> is the same.

>
> Joe,
>
> I just went through this with a 94 Camry. I found a site that explains
> it pretty good...you have to press down with a screwdriver between the
> handle/lock and the "cup"... Check out the photo and info here :
>
> http://autorepair.about.com/od/other.../aa092504a.htm
>
> Like the woman who wrote the article, I cracked the cup trim, too, but
> it's not noticible !
>
> HachiRoku, I got the power mirror replaced...new one is working fine !
>
> Dean...



LOL! Great! Glad to be of assistance! I'm not a mechanic, my cars are my
hobby, and I own (or have owned) a "Maru" full of Toyotas;

http://www.klineurope.com/car-carriers/index.asp

and have done about everything to a Toyota you can do in the backyard with
a 10mm wrench, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers!
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Old 05 Dec 2004, 07:40 am   #8 (permalink)
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D Larsen <dmlarsen@bunk.compuserve.com> wrote in message news:<41B1D574.3B917558@bunk.compuserve.com>...
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how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
> > >>>handle sits in?


>
> I just went through this with a 94 Camry. I found a site that explains
> it pretty good...you have to press down with a screwdriver between the
> handle/lock and the "cup"... Check out the photo and info here :
>
> http://autorepair.about.com/od/other.../aa092504a.htm
>
> Like the woman who wrote the article, I cracked the cup trim, too, but
> it's not noticible !



If the trim is cracking, there may be a better method.
Haven't had to do this, but did check the FSM (factory service
manual).
There are three hidden locating points for the interior door handle
trim.
The front point is a hook shape which means when the other two points
are loose, that cup is removed by sliding to the rear.
At the door handle, there is the handle itself, and the short locking
button/ lever. One contact point for the trim is immediately above the
locking button, the other is directly below the locking button. These
notches in the trim piece engage the door panel cover. So you would
pry with a taped screwdriver blade at those locations. FSM says remove
the door latch trim piece first, before loosening any other fasteners.
If you know to focus at those two points, hopefully , that helps.
You'll need to move the door panel in relation to the trim piece just
enough to free the locating tab/ notch.
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Old 05 Dec 2004, 04:47 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"Daniel M. Dreifus" wrote:
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> D Larsen <dmlarsen@bunk.compuserve.com> wrote in message news:<41B1D574.3B917558@bunk.compuserve.com>...
> >

> how do I remove the plastic "cup" the interior door
> > > >>>handle sits in?

>
> >
> > I just went through this with a 94 Camry. I found a site that explains
> > it pretty good...you have to press down with a screwdriver between the
> > handle/lock and the "cup"... Check out the photo and info here :
> >
> > http://autorepair.about.com/od/other.../aa092504a.htm
> >
> > Like the woman who wrote the article, I cracked the cup trim, too, but
> > it's not noticible !

>
> If the trim is cracking, there may be a better method.
> Haven't had to do this, but did check the FSM (factory service
> manual).
> There are three hidden locating points for the interior door handle
> trim.
> The front point is a hook shape which means when the other two points
> are loose, that cup is removed by sliding to the rear.
> At the door handle, there is the handle itself, and the short locking
> button/ lever. One contact point for the trim is immediately above the
> locking button, the other is directly below the locking button. These
> notches in the trim piece engage the door panel cover. So you would
> pry with a taped screwdriver blade at those locations. FSM says remove
> the door latch trim piece first, before loosening any other fasteners.
> If you know to focus at those two points, hopefully , that helps.
> You'll need to move the door panel in relation to the trim piece just
> enough to free the locating tab/ notch.


Good info, Daniel ! Once I got the cup out, I didn't pay too much
attention to the anchor points, but I do recall the "front" of the cup
had a hook that holds it in...

Dean...
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