95 driver side exterior door handle broken

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Old 22 Sep 2006, 09:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
Jim Pattillo
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Default 95 driver side exterior door handle broken

The plastic lever part broke out of my exterior drivers side door handle.
The lock itself is ok, still locks/unlocks ok from the inside. Should I try
to epoxy it back on? (If so with what compound?) Should I try to find
another one at a junkyard? It looks like I'd have to pull the whole door
apart to remove the door handle. Will I be able to pop the lock out of the
old handle and into the new one or will I have to get the new one re-keyed?
Thanx for your help


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Old 22 Sep 2006, 10:57 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Jim Pattillo wrote:
> The plastic lever part broke out of my exterior drivers side door handle.
> The lock itself is ok, still locks/unlocks ok from the inside. Should I try
> to epoxy it back on? (If so with what compound?) Should I try to find
> another one at a junkyard? It looks like I'd have to pull the whole door
> apart to remove the door handle. Will I be able to pop the lock out of the
> old handle and into the new one or will I have to get the new one re-keyed?
> Thanx for your help


I have the exact same problem on a '94 Camry, though there is enough of
a knub left to operate the door. I don't think any epoxy or glue is
going to hold it, almost certainly nothing that will not leave a large
bead on the crack line.
Jb Weld would probably do it. You could probably sand and fashion the
entire handle shape from the stuff, but it would not look very good.

A mechanic friend told me that the handle is not that expensive, which I
find hard to believe. I will price one before too long.

He also said that it is not that hard ro replace it, but he is a mechanic.
Still, I have done door handles before and it usually is not that
difficult to get the interior panel off and gain access.
One problem, if it is one for you, is that the piece will not come
painted, it will be black according to this person. I will also verify
this when I call the stealership.
Black will work fine with me on a 13 to 14 year old dark blue Camry, but
it might not look too good on against a color like white.

I am also curious about whether the lock can be swapped out. I am
guessing probably so. When I call for a price, I will ask if a new lock
and key are included.

That probably was not much help, but I will let you know when I find out
more. If anyone else has the answers now, you will be helping two people
out. :-)

Thanks!

Pat
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Old 22 Sep 2006, 11:40 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 95 driver side exterior door handle broken

I had the same thing happen to me on my '95 Camry.

I tried to re-attach the piece with Epoxy, but that did not work.

I finally cut a small piece of metal (about 1 inch tall x 4 inches wide x
1/8" thick), drilled two holes into this plate - then tapped 2-each #8-32
holes into what was left of the handle area of the door.

I then attached this plate to this area using 8-32 pan head screws. (I also
trimmed this plate to look like the handle and painted it the color of my
car)

It's been working fine for about 6 months now.

Good luck!



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Old 23 Sep 2006, 12:56 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 95 driver side exterior door handle broken

Look on AutoZone's site for the free repair guide:
http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d801407a0.jsp

It's hard to tell but the picture may show that the lock cylinder is
independent of the handle assembly.

Price it out at the dealer first and then find one at a junk yard for
comparison. I'd never underestimate the usefulness (or cost
effectiveness) of junk yards.


Jim Pattillo wrote:
> The plastic lever part broke out of my exterior drivers side door handle.
> The lock itself is ok, still locks/unlocks ok from the inside. Should I try
> to epoxy it back on? (If so with what compound?) Should I try to find
> another one at a junkyard? It looks like I'd have to pull the whole door
> apart to remove the door handle. Will I be able to pop the lock out of the
> old handle and into the new one or will I have to get the new one re-keyed?
> Thanx for your help


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Old 23 Sep 2006, 01:31 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 95 driver side exterior door handle broken

Save yourself the trouble of checking the junk yards for a handle that may
break next month. The handle is not that expensive BUY a new one

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Old 23 Sep 2006, 09:38 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 95 driver side exterior door handle broken

Guarantee epoxy won't fix it - there are aftermarket ones available.Lock
cylinder can be reused.

"Jim Pattillo" <yardclerk@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The plastic lever part broke out of my exterior drivers side door handle.
> The lock itself is ok, still locks/unlocks ok from the inside. Should I
> try to epoxy it back on? (If so with what compound?) Should I try to find
> another one at a junkyard? It looks like I'd have to pull the whole door
> apart to remove the door handle. Will I be able to pop the lock out of the
> old handle and into the new one or will I have to get the new one
> re-keyed? Thanx for your help
>



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