The Common Issues of a Faulty Ford Crown Victoria Door Handle
When the door handle of your Ford Crown Victoria hasn't been replaced for years, it may soon wear down and cause different kinds of problems. Sometimes, it can also malfunction because of misuse when too much force is exerted when lifting the handle. If you start to notice that your car's door handle is acting weird, then you should do some troubleshooting as soon as possible. Here are some of the problems that you might encounter:
Car door won't open or close.
A car door that won't open or close may be caused by two things. The first one is the door can be sagging and the other is your Ford Crown Victoria door handle might be broken. You should inspect the door handle first since it is the easier to check among the two. When you inspect the door handle, you should observe if there's a creaking or rattling sound. It may come from the broken parts of the door handle assembly. Do not pull on the handle too hard or you'll only risk breaking it. You need to remove the parts carefully.
Door handle opens on the outside but not from the inside.
The possible culprits of this problem can be a broken door handle or a broken plastic retainer. When this happens, you should check the door handle mechanism from the plastic retainer that holds the long metal rod all the way to the door handle. You should check if the rod is held tightly by the plastic retainer. If it isn't, then you need to replace the plastic retainer. On the part of the door handle, make sure that the plastic clips are attached properly on the holes of the door handle. Otherwise, the door handle won't hold on to the plastic clips correctly because it's already broken and has to be replaced.
Door handle is hanging loose.
When the door handle of your car is hanging loose, you should check it immediately before it falls off. Fortunately, fixing it is relatively easy, and all you need to use are some garage tools like a screwdriver, pliers, and wrench. You must tighten the loose screws and check if the thread of the screws is still in good condition. Otherwise, you need to replace the old screws with new ones.