NISSAN Pictures of how I replaced the front door handle on my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Door handle. Hingie bit broken. No workie pas.
    handle broken

  2. Gotta get the interior panel off to get to the handle. Get the inside arm rest handle off.
    arm rest   screws

  3. Next the door lock button unscrews.
    lock   lock off

  4. Clip under the window crank releases the knob. Used a needle nose to grab it.
    window crank   crank off

  5. Need to get this inside handle picture frame jobbie off here. It is clipped on so spread it apart with a tiny screw driver.
    clip on

  6. You can see two tiny clips on the bottom there. I think it is two clips on top and two on the bottom.
    clip off

  7. Then a big flat screwdriver between the door panel and door. Screwdriver right on these plastic clips and pry it off. With the window down, lift up the panel and slide - back - a tiny bit.
    door panel clips   door panel off

  8. Peeled back the plastic to get to these bolts that hold on the door handle.
    plastic   door handle bolts

  9. Bolts come off and the handle pulls out. This is a cheap aftermarket one that lasted two years. The far hinge is broken. Again. The little plastic clip is a PITA to get on and off even with long bendy needle nose pliers. Plus check out my loafers.
    broken handle   broken handle

  10. Door with no handle. Dirty. Yeah. There it is.
    door no handle

  11. Here's the new one going in.
    going on   plastic clip   inside clip

  12. And here's the box with the part number for your Nissan Pathfinder drivers side door handle. The passenger side is a different number.
    part number

  13. Install is the reverse of blah blah blah except for this clip on the window crank. It helped to put the clip in first then just pop it on.
    crank clip

  14. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  15. Then I finished my beer.

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