'94 Camry - Another Broken Door handle Question

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Old 04 Oct 2006, 02:49 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1994 Camry that just had the driver side door handle snap off.
The dealership has one for approximately $100.00, but they warned that
it is a very difficult job to replace it, and they want over 2 hours of
labor time to do it themselves.

I am a fairly decent shade-tree mechanic, can do suspension work,
convertible tops, brakes, cooling systems, almost anything but internal
engine and automatic transmission work.

Is there something about the design of the Camry door handle that makes
this job especially hard to do? I am looking for pointers before I tear
into it.

Thanks!

Pat
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Old 04 Oct 2006, 03:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Visit a junk yard (errr, used auto parts place) and take one off
yourself. They should sell it to you cheaper if you do the work to
scavenge it.


pws wrote:
> I have a 1994 Camry that just had the driver side door handle snap off.
> The dealership has one for approximately $100.00, but they warned that
> it is a very difficult job to replace it, and they want over 2 hours of
> labor time to do it themselves.
>
> I am a fairly decent shade-tree mechanic, can do suspension work,
> convertible tops, brakes, cooling systems, almost anything but internal
> engine and automatic transmission work.
>
> Is there something about the design of the Camry door handle that makes
> this job especially hard to do? I am looking for pointers before I tear
> into it.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pat

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Old 04 Oct 2006, 06:07 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Check AutoZone's free online repair guide on how to remove the door
trim. Sounds like you'll have no problem with this job. The service
manager either assumed you knew nothing about cars or wanted $100 from
you as he will get a cut of the profit.

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801407a0.jsp

Call both the dealer and a salvage yard and compare parts prices. Then
again, you might want to practice on a "used car" for free.



pws wrote:
> I have a 1994 Camry that just had the driver side door handle snap off.
> The dealership has one for approximately $100.00, but they warned that
> it is a very difficult job to replace it, and they want over 2 hours of
> labor time to do it themselves.
>
> I am a fairly decent shade-tree mechanic, can do suspension work,
> convertible tops, brakes, cooling systems, almost anything but internal
> engine and automatic transmission work.
>
> Is there something about the design of the Camry door handle that makes
> this job especially hard to do? I am looking for pointers before I tear
> into it.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pat


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Old 04 Oct 2006, 07:34 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"pws" <pwshelton@austin.rr.com> wrote in message
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>I have a 1994 Camry that just had the driver side door handle snap off. The
>dealership has one for approximately $100.00, but they warned that it is a
>very difficult job to replace it, and they want over 2 hours of labor time
>to do it themselves.
>
> I am a fairly decent shade-tree mechanic, can do suspension work,
> convertible tops, brakes, cooling systems, almost anything but internal
> engine and automatic transmission work.
>
> Is there something about the design of the Camry door handle that makes
> this job especially hard to do? I am looking for pointers before I tear
> into it.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pat


No, just sort of tedious....I'd do it for you for a hundred bucks too! But
a shade tree mechanic who's a little intuitive should have no trouble.


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Old 04 Oct 2006, 11:30 pm   #5 (permalink)
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johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> Check AutoZone's free online repair guide on how to remove the door
> trim. Sounds like you'll have no problem with this job. The service
> manager either assumed you knew nothing about cars or wanted $100 from
> you as he will get a cut of the profit.
>
> http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801407a0.jsp
>
> Call both the dealer and a salvage yard and compare parts prices. Then
> again, you might want to practice on a "used car" for free.


Thanks to everyone who responded. The car is not actually mine, it
belongs to a relative, but I will be the one repairing it.

The owner has already bought a new door handle, so I will go ahead and
install that one. They were not concerned with $100.00 for the part, but
the labor charge shocked me and I just wanted to make sure that there
wasn't something strange about the Camry door handle system that made it
more difficult than most other cars to replace.

It sounds easy enough to figure out, and I don't mind if it tedious as
long as I can do it. If I run into trouble I will get a manual, but I
don't normally need one for something like this.

Thanks again!

Pat
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Old 06 Oct 2006, 04:56 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Is it inside or outside Door handle ??
Is it front or rear doors

-Rama

"pws" <pwshelton@austin.rr.com> wrote in message
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> I have a 1994 Camry that just had the driver side door handle snap off.
> The dealership has one for approximately $100.00, but they warned that
> it is a very difficult job to replace it, and they want over 2 hours of
> labor time to do it themselves.
>
> I am a fairly decent shade-tree mechanic, can do suspension work,
> convertible tops, brakes, cooling systems, almost anything but internal
> engine and automatic transmission work.
>
> Is there something about the design of the Camry door handle that makes
> this job especially hard to do? I am looking for pointers before I tear
> into it.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pat



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Old 06 Oct 2006, 05:04 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Ramakrishna Devisetti wrote:
> Is it inside or outside Door handle ??
> Is it front or rear doors
>
> -Rama


It is the outside door handle on the driver-side front, just the part
that you grab snapped off. I can still open it, but it is not easy.

The car has had a lot of exposure to hot Texas summers and the piece
looks to be somewhat brittle.

Pat
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Old 12 Oct 2006, 12:15 am   #8 (permalink)
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johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> Check AutoZone's free online repair guide on how to remove the door
> trim. Sounds like you'll have no problem with this job. The service
> manager either assumed you knew nothing about cars or wanted $100 from
> you as he will get a cut of the profit.
>
> http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801407a0.jsp
>
> Call both the dealer and a salvage yard and compare parts prices. Then
> again, you might want to practice on a "used car" for free.



I finally got around to replacing the door handle. The most difficult
part by far was removing the door panel. Toyota really wants it to stay
on there. :-)

It is a little tight to work in there once you have the panel off, but
not bad.
I definitely preferred to give up about 1.5 hours of my time rather than
give the dealership $138.00.

Thanks again,

Pat
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Old 09 Nov 2006, 10:25 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I just bought a handle from the dealer for 106.00 out the door. I
looked online and found what appears to be the same item for 30.00. I
bought the one from the dealer because I wanted 100% fit, but now I
have second thoughts...

I went to the autozone website mentioned and got a good diagram.
Hopefully I will have as much success as pws had, only it might take me
about 8 hours...

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

Does anyone want a broken 1994 camry outside drivers side door handle?

WDV

pws wrote:
> johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> > Check AutoZone's free online repair guide on how to remove the door
> > trim. Sounds like you'll have no problem with this job. The service
> > manager either assumed you knew nothing about cars or wanted $100 from
> > you as he will get a cut of the profit.
> >
> > http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801407a0.jsp
> >
> > Call both the dealer and a salvage yard and compare parts prices. Then
> > again, you might want to practice on a "used car" for free.

>
>
> I finally got around to replacing the door handle. The most difficult
> part by far was removing the door panel. Toyota really wants it to stay
> on there. :-)
>
> It is a little tight to work in there once you have the panel off, but
> not bad.
> I definitely preferred to give up about 1.5 hours of my time rather than
> give the dealership $138.00.
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Pat


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Old 10 Nov 2006, 04:34 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 05:15:53 GMT, pws <pwshelton@austin.rr.com> wrote:

>johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
>> Check AutoZone's free online repair guide on how to remove the door
>> trim. Sounds like you'll have no problem with this job. The service
>> manager either assumed you knew nothing about cars or wanted $100 from
>> you as he will get a cut of the profit.
>>
>> http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801407a0.jsp
>>
>> Call both the dealer and a salvage yard and compare parts prices. Then
>> again, you might want to practice on a "used car" for free.

>
>
>I finally got around to replacing the door handle. The most difficult
>part by far was removing the door panel. Toyota really wants it to stay
>on there. :-)
>
>It is a little tight to work in there once you have the panel off, but
>not bad.
>I definitely preferred to give up about 1.5 hours of my time rather than
>give the dealership $138.00.
>
>Thanks again,
>
>Pat

Glad you got it done. The door panels are a pain. For future reference
you can download the manual here...
http://oregonstate.edu/~tongt/camry/index.html
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