Toyota Tacoma Door Handle Troubleshooting
Door handles: they're simple devices, but if they break, they can be a real pain in the neck. Your Toyota Tacoma door handle can become damaged due to abuse or simple wear and tear. Either way, you're going to want to figure out what's wrong with it and solve the problem right away. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you do just that.
Handle fell off
This is unlikely to happen to most people, but it does happen. If this happens to you, then that means that the pin that holds the front part of the door handle has snapped off. You can try reinstalling the handle with the pin in place, but you'd be better off replacing the entire handle instead.
Door handle won't work
Are you trapped in or out of your ride because the door won't open? Does the handle move but give you zero bite? If this is the case, then your door mechanism inside the door panel is most likely broken. Most people would be quick to point out that you need to remove the door panel in order to fix the mechanism and open the door. There's one big hiccup, though: how do you remove the panel of a door that won't open? When you're locked out, you can't get to the door panel. And if you're locked in, the panel screws would be hidden near the door hinges, which can only be accessed when the door is open. In this case, you're going to have to stick a thin metal wire between your window glass and weather stripping, pushing it down into the door panel. You'll have to pull a MacGyver and manipulate the door mechanism to get it to open.
Keyhole is jammed
If you don't have a central locking system for your ride and need to manually open your doors up with a key, then this can be a real area of concern. This problem is usually cause by a malfunction in the door locking mechanism inside the door panel or by someone tampering with your lock. In either case, you should attempt to unlock the door with the same method above or employ the help of a locksmith.