Diagnosing Common Problems of the Honda Civic Door Handle
The door handle is among the most important parts of Honda Civic simply because of the fact allows you to enter the car and start the engine. And once it stops working, you can expect to have quite a big problem in your hands. While Honda Civic door handles are designed to last the life of the vehicle, they are still vulnerable to wear and damage. And once they start to malfunction, the door handles must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible, otherwise you'll find yourself locked out of your own car. The following are some common problems associated with Honda Civic door handles.
Difficulty opening/closing the door handle
One of the most frequent door handle problems involve difficulty open and closing the door. This is typically due to a worn or damaged door handle latch. Over time the latch will deteriorate from constant use, with the metal or metallic components of the latch bending on the latch mechanism. Powerful shocks such as slamming the door too hard can also bend the latch mechanism. In addition, if the Civic is being driven under winter conditions, moisture inside the door may freeze around the door jamb and seal the door shut. If you experience any difficulty opening and closing the door handle, have it checked by a mechanic immediately.
Door won't open from the inside
Another common problem with Honda Civic door handles is that the inside door handle refuses to open from the inside. In most cases this is due to a worn or defective lock mechanism. Minor lock mechanism damage can still be repaired, but severe damage or wear on the mechanism's components - or if you lack the repair skills and tools needed - entail replacement of the entire lock mechanism.
Slack door handle
On the other hand, there may be instances where there would little or no resistance on the door handle yet the door won't open. This is usually due to one of the door cables becoming loose or broken. Take out the insert on the interior side of the door and check the cables if they are inserted properly or are in good condition, and repair or replace them if necessary.