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How to change a door handle on a 2003 Kia Rio

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How to change a door handle on a 2003 Kia Rio

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  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  2. Remove door trim.

  1. Remove one screw on pull handle bracket.
  2. Remove pull handle bracket.
  3. Remove speaker.

  1. Remove three screws on door speaker.
  2. Unfasten harness connector from door frame.
  3. Pull out speaker and disconnect connectors. Note: Peel plastic moisture border off carefully so that it can be reused.
    1. Peel off plastic moisture barrier carefully by pulling it away gradually from door frame.
    2. Remove two mounting nuts on outside door handle.

    1. Remove outside door handle.


  1. Position outside door handle.
  2. Install two mounting nuts. Tighten two mounting nuts to 61 - 87 lb-in (7 - 10 N.m, 70 - 100 kg-cm)
  3. Install plastic moisture barrier.
    1. Fasten plastic moisture barrier.
    2. Route electrical harness connector through plastic moisture barrier.
    3. Pull out remote control rods for inner door handle through plastic moisture barrier.
  1. Install speaker with three mounting bolts.
  2. Install pull handle bracket with one mounting screw.
  3. Install door trim.
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