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Hey everyone my name is Kyle and I am new to this forum, I just made an account today. I was searching through the pages for something on replacing my driver door handle on my 2007 Sonata that broke off for no apparent reason. I got in the car this morning and *snap*. Now I have changed a door handle before, but when I took off the door panel to this Sonata I was greeted with another steel panel, and a small whole a child would have trouble getting their hand in, Can anyone help, or explain how I can get to the actual door handle, I don't seem to be able to access the exterior door handle from the inside..Any other car I've see just has plastic covering the inside of the panel, and big wholes so you can see/work in there. Can any one help? Please and thank you.


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You refering to the exterior door handle that s painted on outside of door ?

Exterior door handle is maybe 5 minute job..
 

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Yes, I pulled it this morning, and the right side, (the part by the lock) just ripped out, the left side is still attached, I've already removed the inner door panel, but as I said there is a solid steel barrier between myself and the mechanism - but yes it is the exterior painted door handle.

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Look at door in the jamb section.... you'll see a black plastic cap... remove that cap.

Use proper tool to remove the screw, DONT DROP the screw inside the door, or you will be going inside door to recover your dropped screw..

Wiggle the short end cap off the door.. now grab the door handle and slide rearward and out of door,, since it is borken, should recover 2 pieces.
 

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Oh wonderful, that one bolt in there will allow me to remove the entire handle? Even the left side of it opposite of the actual key lock? My socket set doesn't fit that, so I'll have to run down to the store. Once I've got it out putting in the new one is as easy as putting it an and replacing the bolt to hold it, correct? Thanks for all your help guys. I'm a bit busy this afternoon so I may not reply again today, but if not tonight than tomorrow I will be letting you all know how it came out. I can't believe you gave me pictures! Whoa, thanks a lot. Again I cant do anything about it, as I don't have the right size for that bolt in there, but I'll try to get to it tonight or tomorrow thanks so much SBR. Looking forward to talking to all of you soon.

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As posted, bolt holds end cap.. the end cap on driver door and passenger door pretty much pull straight off..

I am at home, and have a painted pic on home PC to be posted for you to reference on how the stuff comes off.... click the pic to enlarge and view the words.
 

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Hey everyone, I haven't had any luck finding a handle at a junkyard or some where else second hand, I was thinking of putting the back one on the front. Anyway I'm in a hurry I'm sorry about getting back to you all so late, Comcast was just out for a week, internet and cable. All I got was a couple hundred dollars credit.... I'll be snooping around on the forums, nice to meet you guys.

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OK. That was easy. Now what about replacing with a new handle. Is it at easy s removing and how do I get it keyed same as passenger side lock?
 

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I just switched the rear and front handles, since the front just broke. I am looking for a good place to buy a new handle also.
 

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I know this is an old thread. I found this after I saw some service instructions for this on the hyundaitechinfo.com site. Their instructions talk about removing the inside door panel and arm rest and all that. Am I reading this right that all that is unnecessary and can be done just through this hold in the door jamb?
 

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its insane that you have to remove the panel. This is what you did i JUST did this in the parking lot of my local Hyundai dealer.
1. Open your car door and pop off that black cap on the inside of the door (about the size of a silver dollar [larger than a quarter]).

2. CAREFULLY unscrew that screw in there (i think it was the size down from 3/8th). I did this buy being careful and applying slight pressure against the screw so it wouldn't fall, if you're careful it won't fall anyways. Use your girlfriend or small handed person (like me) to use 1 finger over the socket wrench to grip the flanging on the screw against the inside of the socket (so basically holding the screw in the socket as you extract it)

3. careful pull out the locking mechanism (i know this **** is nerve racking and you worry it wont go back in, it will no problem.

4. PUT THE DOOR HANDLE IN, when its sitting flat with the front part you can slide it then forward and it will catch the metal part that it needs to (it looks like it wont fit but it does).

5. put the locking mechanism back into the hole. Carefully do the screw. I think my screw was a bit stripped because it won't sit all the way, it is all the way into the housing but it wont go past hand tight, it keeps spinning. This is fine, if you need to get some sort of adhesive or stripping you can wedge between the outside housing of the lock (most people won't experience this just be careful with the little screw and the pressure/angle you are getting at it with)


GOOD LUCK the handle cost me 25 bucks at my local dealership.
 

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Look at door in the jamb section.... you'll see a black plastic cap... remove that cap.

Use proper tool to remove the screw, DONT DROP the screw inside the door, or you will be going inside door to recover your dropped screw..

Wiggle the short end cap off the door.. now grab the door handle and slide rearward and out of door,, since it is borken, should recover 2 pieces.
This procedure works fine. You don't have to take off the inside trim panel or anything. On my 2010 Sonata, it appears that Hyundai has improved the bolt so that it won't fall off when you loosen it to get the butt piece off in order to install the new handle. Also, my car is silver color and I found that the spray cans of paint at Autozone for Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are so close to the Hyundai silver that it is practically indistinguishable. I sanded, primed, sprayed the color coat, and the clear top coat for less than $15 before I installed the new handle. The dealer quoted me $45 to install the handle, $26.50 for the handle (unpainted), and $90 to paint it. Total cost to do the job was less than $45.
 

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Nice directions. I was able to remove and put in a new handle on the driver side door of my Sonata 2006; but it doesn't pull the release mechanism. With the handle out, I checked the release lever and it is working. I guess the problem is that the hook (bend) at the handle end is not engaging the lever. Any thoughts how to fix? Thanks a lot.
 
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