Join Date: May 2012
04 Santa Fe V6 3.5
06 Sonata V6
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Sonata rear door handle fix
OK--first of all "hmaservice" instructions on how to do this BLOW--and are WRONG. Here's the 5 minute correct and EASY way to do this:
1. Find 1" black rubber access hole cover that is directly behind (inside door) the stationary butt piece of the outside handle.
2. Remove the rubber cover and you will see access to the bolt holding the stationary butt piece to the outside of the door.
3. Use a 8mm socket with extender to "loosen" enough the remove the butt piece. No need to take it all the way out plus you run risk of dropping it into door frame--believe me you DON'T want that to happen.
4. Take the new handle and slide it into the now exposed opening from whence the butt piece came out and push forward.
Replace butt piece, reverse directions above to finish.
NO removing of inside door handle, NO removing of door panel, NO removal of glass--ALL these steps were in the hma service procedure.
Hopefully this will save anyone the headache of having to replace the rear door handles--enjoy!