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Need help getting manual door handle off my 99 Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by magic, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:33 PM
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    k so im trying to install some new door speakers in my 99 sr5 extened cab taco. The only issues im having is that the manual door handle will not come off?!? and my hanes book doesnt go over how to remove "manual window roller handle" any ideas???? thanks
     
  2. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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    haha im kind of in a rush... thanks to those that help
     
  3. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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    i remember having to push my fabric in behind the handle very hard anough to see the retaining hook, "kinda looks like a horse shoe" to remove it. if i remember right i was able to grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers and a flat head. but that was on a 2001 model though
     
  4. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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    Door handles are overrated! Rip it off.

    I have a 2nd Gen, sorry I can't help.
     
  5. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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    to clear up any kind of confussion i meant the handle that acutally roles down the window in tacos that have manual windows
     
  6. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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    i remember having to take mine off after having my windows tinted so i would be able to roll my windows down for a few days.
     
  7. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    so you just pull it off? cuz i already tried that and its not really moving
     
  8. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    It's probably got a retaining hook like rooster said. Shaped like a horseshoe somewhat.. I wouldnt try to force it or it will break.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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    no theres a retaining clip that holds it on that fits into the grooves to tkeep it on
     
  10. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    sorry im in such a rush toget them in im not really reading but thanks!
     
  11. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    they make a tool just for purpose but i have never needed it with any vehicles that iv taken off.just take your time and press in hard and you should be able to access it.
     
  12. Dec 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    and if that dont work...i would try an acedaline torch next
     
  13. Dec 25, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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    i was thinking gas and a match;)
     
  14. Dec 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM
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    I just installed speakers in my 03 this week. There's a retaining C clip that holds it on. Try this, it helped me with one of them that was being stubborn:
    2:15-2:45
    http://youtu.be/HumDZrY0OH0

    You can use a pick tool though to get them out, thats what I did on one and that little rag trick on the other.
     
  15. Dec 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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    thanks bud! ^^^
     
  16. Dec 25, 2011 at 1:19 PM
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    you really don't need the special tool.
    you can push in the panel and grab the retainer with a hook and pull it out. It will go flying.
    Another way is to take a shop rag or similar and (one layer) and push it down to the handle. hold the rag ends so it goes around the handle and roll down the window. the rag will catch the clip and hold it . then you can remove the handle. Might take a few times but in a pinch this has always worked for me.
     
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