The door handle on my car broke recently. I was unable to open the door unless I would push on a certain area. This would require two hands to open my door. I decided today to open up my door panel and find the problem so that maybe I could fix it.
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Step 1: Analyze the Problem.
So 2-3 weeks ago with normal use my door handle broke. It wouldn't open unless I pushed it down in a certain spot, shown in picture 2.
Today I decided I wanted to fix it, or find the problem so I can order a new part. I think I already knew what the problem was, but didn't want to order a part I didn't need.
I started by taking the panel off the door along with all the other necessary things and checked out my handle. I suspected that some plastic piece was broken somewhere because my car is old.
Step 2: Solve the Problem.
My dads idea was to drill a hole in the handle and in the metal of the door and bolt it down. I didn't like the idea of drilling a hole in my door.
The way I figured it, I would just imitate the plastic pieces with some nuts and bolts. I was thinking at first of using two just like how there were two pieces, but that wouldn't work cause the handle wouldn't be able to slide into place.
There was a small hole in the handle already from where the plastic piece broke that I used. It was small enough that I just had to open it a little with a screw driver.
I managed to find the perfect nut in my dads miscellaneous nuts and bolts that fit inside the hole on the door. I put it on my handle and tried it out and it worked perfectly. I could also screw it down somehow so it would be snug.
Step 3: Congratulate Yourself!
I screwed my handle back on and tried it out. It worked! I put on my door panel, window roller thingy (old school), and speaker all back on and then I tried it out again just to make sure.
All in all I would say I was pretty successful today. And the screw is somewhat subtle and if you look real hard you would probably notice it. I could always go the extra step though and paint it maroon. I might still order a new door handle though, but at this point I'm just going to see how long it will last.
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