What to Do When Your GMC K15 Door Handle Fails
Having a broken door handle is one of the most frustrating problems you could ever encounter with your car. Whether it's the external or internal door handle you're having trouble with, it would surely cause you a great deal of inconvenience, which could only eat up every inch of patience you have. But before you go screaming, kicking your car door, and hurting yourself in the process, here are tips on what you can do should you encounter such problem. Listed below are components that you might want to check to find out why your GMC K15 door handle malfunctioned:
Broken or missing cable
When your door handle is not working, remove it from the door panel to inspect it for damage. Remove the screw or lock holding the handle and look for the cable or rod attached to it. If it's broken or missing, replace it as soon as possible. You might have to provide a new clip as well.
In replacing the door handle, take note of the latching links and other cables. Make sure that once you remove these connections, you know pretty much where and how to properly reconnect them.
Door handle linkage malfunction
If your exterior door handle doesn't seem to work but the interior door handle is functioning well, check if the linkage from the exterior handle is out of adjustment. If it is too short, then that is what's causing the problem. You need to lengthen this linkage by turning the socket at the end of the linkage rod counter-clockwise.
Sometimes, rust can be found just under your door handle. Examine if it is already pitted, which would require a body shop repair work. However, if you try to scratch on it with your fingernail and found it to be smooth, you can simply use a polishing compound to buff the stain out. Once you have removed the rust, put on an adequate amount of metal polish or coat it with clear lacquer. To prevent or slow down another occurrence of corrosion, apply sealant over the repaired area. Also, you may need to repaint your door handle for a nice finish.