DIY: 04 Civic Driver's Door Lock Removal
I searched around and was unable to find any good instructions on how to remove the door lock and handle from the driver's side door of my 2004 Honda Civic EX coupe. I'm swapping out the door after a collision and needed to remove the old door handle and install it into a new door.
After removing the inner door panel
you'll have access to the inside of the door:
If you look in that hole where the arrow is pointing you'll see the inside of the lock and door handle.
Looking through that hole you'll see a small gap attached to the top of the lock (where the two arrows are pointing):
I purchased two hook tools at Harbor Freight (~$5) a while back for use in doing routine valve clearances on my motorcycle, I used these same tools in the next step:
You'll note the small broken piece of metal in the next picture (the little gap that the double arrows point to two photos above), I broke it in a previous attempt to remove the lock, yours won't be broken...
First I pushed hook #1 into the above gap, the straight tool forced the small gold clip outwards. Then I used #2 to reach under the gray metal and hook onto the clip. Once hooked I pulled straight out and removed the clip easily:
Once done the lock will slide right out (toward the interior of the door.) I put the clip back on the lock so that you can see where on the lock it clips to when it is installed:
Install is the reverse of removal, and installation of the clip will look something like this:
Hope this helps if you're having difficulties with this procedure. Once you know where and what needs to be removed the actual removal is pretty easy.
As a side note, in the above pictures with the lock still installed you'll notice that several pieces of the lock are missing (spring, white collar, inside rod holder, and upper C clip) I removed all these pieces trying to figure out how to remove the lock
. In the final two pictures, everything has been reinstalled; it is not
necessary for you to remove any of these pieces during this procedure.