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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Robert

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Kia Sorento - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Fort Worth, Texas
Robert was very professional and outstanding! He answered all of my questions and he was very knowledgeable. I will definitely book another appointment with Robert. I really enjoyed his attention to detail, my door handle is fixed. I am very satisfied. Thank you Robert!
GMC Yukon XL 1500 - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front, Driver Side Rear) - Fort Worth, Texas
He was heaven sent today. Anything I need done to my car or truck I want him. I felt comfortable dealing with him plus he was honest. Keep safe Mr. Robert♥️♥️

Scott

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Scott
34 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
Scott was very professional and did an outstanding job replacing the door handle on my car. He really knows his trade very well. He showed up on time, and worked efficiently. I want to thank him as well for coming out to help despite the cold weather. When I booked the appointment, hadn't seen the forecast. I would definitely hire Scott again.

Daniel

11 years of experience
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Daniel
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Chicago, Illinois
Technician is very professional and efficient,possess highly knowledge of the task in hand,highly recomended,very helpful and courteous,will hire again in a New York minute,service was great,Excellent customer service! Very detailed oriented on informing you of any issues with my truck, they checked out on my truck. Definitely will be my "go to" for my 2004 ChevySilverado needs. Extremely knowledgeable Also, the Customer Service/Receptionist at the ffice could not have been nicer! Wanted to give 10 stars, but it won't let me. Thank you Your Mechanic!!!

Jeremy

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20 years of experience
Honda CR-Z - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - West Palm Beach, Florida
Highly recommended! , knowledgeable, and efficient. Very nice person to deal with. Completed job in less time than expected. Everything works great, just like new. You would be hard pressed to find someone like Jeremy with his skills, both mechanically and personally.

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