Honda Accord Door Handle: Common Symptoms of Wear and Tear
The door handle of your Honda Accord is one of the frequently used and abused parts of your car. It is designed to handle the constant opening and closing of the door. However, it can only endure a certain amount of usage and will soon take its toll and show signs of wearing down. If you already notice that your car's door handle is starting to become stiff, slow, or unresponsive, then you have to grab some tools and do some troubleshooting. Listed below are some of the common symptoms of a malfunctioning Honda Accord door handle.
The door handle's chrome trim is peeling.
When the door handle of your Honda Accord is starting to peel off, you should replace it as soon as possible because there's a chance that someone will get a paper cut from holding the chrome material that's hanging loose. Alternatively, you can remove the chrome trim from the door handle and coat the handle with paint. Just remember not to damage or scratch the plastic door handle when removing the chrome trim.
The door handle is broken.
The door handles of your car may break when too much force is exerted on it. Most door handles are made of plastic with low tensile strength that's why it is prone from breakage. Since the handle is connected to the other parts of the door handle assembly, some parts may also get affected making them prone to damage as well. The best thing to do when this happens is to replace the broken door handle. You should also inspect the other parts of the door assembly by removing the door panel and checking their condition.
The driver's door won't open.
When the keyless entry remote control of your Honda Accord is working but the driver-side door won't open, the problem may be caused by a faulty door hatch. Since you won't be able to remove the door panel because the door is closed, you can try to reach and disconnect the cables of the power window unit. However, if this doesn't work, the only solution left is to remove the driver's seat until you have enough space to work on the door panel.