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Door Handle Help?

Postby fvkagi » Sun May 12, 2019 3:10 pm

I bought a ST185 project and the PO broke off the door handle... is there anyway to just throw in a new door handle without replacing the entire door? It also will not open from the inside haha. Thanks!
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby underscore » Sun May 12, 2019 6:12 pm

The handle can definitely be swapped, some not very good thieves tried to steal my car by smashing out the handle. While you've got it apart replace the little plastic clips that go on the ends of the metal rods, they like to break.
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby 93celicaconv » Sun May 12, 2019 11:57 pm

And any 5th Gen Celica door handle will work on an ST185. You may want to save your keyed tumbler for the new door handle as you will want to use the same key on that door as the rest of the car (I suspect that is important to you). If they are not available from Toyota, they should be readily available from a local salvage yard.
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby fvkagi » Mon May 13, 2019 12:50 am

I did not get the tumbler for that handle, is there anyway a locksmith or something could help me out? If not I guess I will just have to trust the electronic lock... also thanks for the replies!
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby 93celicaconv » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:28 pm

fvkagi wrote:I did not get the tumbler for that handle, is there anyway a locksmith or something could help me out? If not I guess I will just have to trust the electronic lock... also thanks for the replies!

Old thread, but can you take a picture and post it of the door handle looking from the outside toward the door handle? I have a hard time understanding how you don’t have a tumbler (door lock) in you door handle). Do you have the original 4-digit key code that was provided to the original owner when the car was first sold? If not, a Toyota dealer should be able to take your ignition key and determine that 4-digit code. Then take any tumbler from a 5th Gen Celica to a locksmith and ask them to reset the tumblers to match your 4-digit code. Then use your ignition key to verify it works properly. Then install the new tumbler.
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby fvkagi » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:10 am

93celicaconv wrote:
fvkagi wrote:I did not get the tumbler for that handle, is there anyway a locksmith or something could help me out? If not I guess I will just have to trust the electronic lock... also thanks for the replies!

Old thread, but can you take a picture and post it of the door handle looking from the outside toward the door handle? I have a hard time understanding how you don’t have a tumbler (door lock) in you door handle). Do you have the original 4-digit key code that was provided to the original owner when the car was first sold? If not, a Toyota dealer should be able to take your ignition key and determine that 4-digit code. Then take any tumbler from a 5th Gen Celica to a locksmith and ask them to reset the tumblers to match your 4-digit code. Then use your ignition key to verify it works properly. Then install the new tumbler.


Yeah I am not exactly sure what happened to this door handle haha
Thank you for the reply though, I definitely do not have the 4-digit code so I guess I will be making a trip to the local Toyota dealership!
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby 93celicaconv » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:13 am

Do you have a replacement exterior door handle / lock tumbler / any inner links or mechanisms to to restore original functionality?

Now that I see your last pic, you may be better off with a whole replacement (salvage) door. There is a black 5th Gen in a salvage yard near me (I think), but not sure if it a GT or above (which you want) vs. an ST (which you don’t). If you can get the original 4-digit key code from your dealer and can find a local locksmith who knows what to do wi it, that locksmith could redo the tumbler from a replacement door and all you need to do is swap doors and reconnect your wiring harness and you’ll be good to go.
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby fvkagi » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:16 am

93celicaconv wrote:Do you have a replacement exterior door handle / lock tumbler / any inner links or mechanisms to to restore original functionality?


Yeah I have an entire replacement door, but I am going to try and just use the handle and whatever internal parts I need because the other door is red and my car is black.
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby 93celicaconv » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:23 am

Painting your red door black may be a better option for you. Those internal links all look shot to me.
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Re: Door Handle Help?

Postby fvkagi » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:33 am

93celicaconv wrote:Painting your red door black may be a better option for you. Those internal links all look shot to me.


Oh, I will probably just do that then, it is probably easier too. The whole car needs to be painted eventually anyways so Ill just roll with a red/ spray painted door for a bit haha
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