How Long Does an Exterior Door Handle Last?

No matter what make or model vehicle you drive, it has door handles. You have a door handle located on the inside of your car, as well as the outside. While we don’t often think of this as a big important part of our car, the fact is that without a door handle we wouldn’t be able to get into our vehicle. The exterior door handle takes quite a beating. Not only are we opening and closing the door constantly, the exterior handle is exposed to all kinds of weather conditions.

Over time it's no wonder that the exterior door handle can fail and become broken. It may not even be the handle, rather the door latch that has broken down. Either way this isn't a problem you can ignore. Repair isn't usually possible, instead you'll have to replace the exterior door handle. As far as a timeline goes, every vehicle is different so there is no set mileage that it is meant to last for. If you have your vehicle for an extended period of time, there's a good chance the replacement will need to be done at some point.

Here are some classic warning signs that your exterior door handle has reached the end of its life expectancy and needs to be replaced.

  • You can't get your door to shut. This can signal a problem with the actual door handle or the latch assembly.

  • You can't get your door to open. This again signals a problem with the door handle, or the latch assembly.

  • Some people resort to entering and exiting their vehicle through the window if the door handle is broken. This is clearly not desirable and can even be dangerous, as it's not uncommon to fall out rather than climb out gracefully. At the same time you don't want to be driving around, especially at high speeds, with a door that isn't able to close properly.

The exterior door handle is an important part of your vehicle’s door system. Once this part fails you may not be able to get the door to open or close, and you’ll have to resort to entering and exiting through the window of your car. This is far from ideal. If you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and suspect your exterior door handle is in need of replacement, get a diagnostic or book an exterior door handle replacement service with a professional mechanic.


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Nolan

30 years of experience
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Nolan
30 years of experience
Ford Explorer V6-3.5L - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Tucson, Arizona
Very Happy with his work, definitely will use this service again, Nolan was very professional and knowledgeable.
Toyota Camry - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Tucson, Arizona
Nolan is friendly yet very professional. I appreciated the 360 check of the whole car. I will certainly use Yourmechanic again.

Manuel

32 years of experience
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Manuel
32 years of experience
Cadillac Escalade V8-6.2L - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - La Mirada, California
Manuel was great. He knew exactly what to do and how to do it. He had been given the wrong part and was able to get a replacement part in about 25 minutes and be back on site. If I need more work done I will request him to do it.
Nissan Sentra - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Long Beach, California
This is the 3rd time in three months that Manuel has provided a service for me, and I cannot promote his level of professionalism and friendliness more. It might be a while before I need additional services, but I certainly will b requesting this gentleman again!

James

30 years of experience
873 reviews
James
30 years of experience
Nissan Rogue L4-2.5L - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Debary, Florida
James was on time, he was professional and polite. He got a challenging job done right!! Great personality and I will request him when services are needed again. Thank you, James!!!
Acura Integra - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Winter Springs, Florida
James is a perfect gentleman and knows how to fix cars, especially since the doorhandle we need it has been discontinued. We were able to get a similar replacement and James made it work perfectly in record time

Travis

10 years of experience
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Travis
10 years of experience
Chevrolet Tahoe V8-5.3L - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front, Driver Side Rear) - Houston, Texas
I was skeptical because this appt was rescheduled twice. However Travis arrived on time, was personable & did a great job. I will reuse the device for my breaks in the very near future.

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