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How to Repair a VW Golf Door Handle

Updated July 20, 2017

The Volkswagen Golf is a stylish and compact European hatchback that comes available in three-door and five-door models. Constant opening of the Golf's exterior door handle or not opening it gently will damage it and eventually cause it to break off. The door handle on the Golf will need to be repaired if it is damaged or not functioning properly. To repair the door handle, it must be removed and replaced with a new one.

Apply painter's tape onto the exterior door skin's front edge and at the rear of the fender gap, with the door closed, to avoid any scratches.

Open the door and place a small object between the door and door opening to make sure the door remains open. Roll up the door window completely.

Pull and unclip the plastic trim strip from the door's side-edge, revealing several plastic clips, and pull the clips off. Peel off the sticker found at the top of the hole near the clips to reveal a T20 Torx screw.

Loosen the screw with a T20 Torx screwdriver, turning it counterclockwise, then pull on the door handle to remove the lock cylinder from the door handle and expose a small plastic clip.

Pry out the plastic clip and let it hang from the cable, revealing a T10 Torx screw. Remove this screw with a T10 Torx screwdriver turned counterclockwise to release the door handle from the Volkswagen.

Repeat the steps in reverse order to replace the door handle on the Golf with a new one. When attaching the new handle to the plastic clip secured to the cable, make sure to hook the door handle's trim flap onto the plastic clip.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • T20 Torx screwdriver
  • T10 Torx screwdriver
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About the Author

Angelo Elia began writing in 2007. He has written for several websites, newspapers and magazines, including "Multicom Media" and "Vaughan Citizen." He holds an advanced diploma in print and broadcast journalism from Humber College.