View Full Version : HELP - Door handle does nothing


Topless TA
04-20-2012, 06:47 AM
the driver exterior door handle does nothing
it pulls up and down as though the door is locked, (which it wasnt)
i can open the door by pulling the handle inside and it operates just fine.
but the exterior doesnt release the latch to open the door

i looked for a write up but am unable to locate one,
any help suggestions etc would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance
john

tecmec
04-20-2012, 09:24 AM
the driver exterior door handle does nothing
it pulls up and down as though the door is locked, (which it wasnt)
i can open the door by pulling the handle inside and it operates just fine.
but the exterior doesnt release the latch to open the door

i looked for a write up but am unable to locate one,
any help suggestions etc would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance
john

There is a metal rod that hooks into a hole on the back side of the door handle. Pushing this metal rod is what releases the door latch. The rod is held into the handle with a little plastic clip. This clip breaks after a while. You can get a new clip from the dealer for a buck or two.

To replace: basically take the interior trim off, replace part, put trim back on. Super easy. Look around in the car audio section if you need a writeup for removing the interior door trim.

One tip: place the new plastic clip in the hole in the handle, then put the rod in the hole. Don't try putting the clip on the rod first. You'll understand when you're looking at it.

Topless TA
04-20-2012, 09:37 AM
thanks, had the panel off a few times for speakers and window motor...ill hit the dealer up at lunch

ls1ya
04-20-2012, 10:13 AM
I find that dealers don't normally have these parts so when I go junkyard lurking I snatch these and other small items from low mileage low wear cars. Pm me if you need them. Anybody know how much the felt padded window levelers are? That's why I get extras

Jr.Samples
04-20-2012, 11:34 AM
Had the exact same problem I went to an Ace hardware and got a metal clip that goes on the end of the rod.

One of the ones that have teeth, push on one way but doesn't come off the other. I can't remember the name but works great and no more plastic shit to fail.