Car Door Handle Repair

Updated February 21, 2017

A car door handle is necessary to operate your door properly. When a door handle breaks you, must replace the entire part. They are sold in kits which include the door handle frame and the handle itself. It may be installed by someone who is handy with just the basic tools. The necessary repair will take about two hours of your time.

Pry off the door panel moulding with a small screw driver, and then remove the door panel by removing the plastic screw covers with a screwdriver and loosening the screws that secure it to the door frame.

Remove the two screws that secure the door handle base plate to the door frame. Disconnect the door handle assembly rod from the car door latch by disconnecting the screw that secures it to the latch. You may need to reach inside the door to disconnect this rod. Pull the entire door handle from the door.

Insert the new door handle into the car door frame and connect the handle rod to the latch by installing the connecting screw with a screwdriver.

Line the new door handle base plate up with the existing mounting holes on the door handle and mount them with a screwdriver and the hardware provided with your new door handle kit.

Reinstall the door frame panel using the plastic brackets and screws in the reverse order as you removed it with a Phillips head screwdriver. Replace the screw covers and moulding around the door handle frame using a small hammer to tap them in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar
  • Screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Door handle repair kit
  • Small hammer
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