People buy cars not only for transportation but more importantly, to have something that would bring them to their destination safely, conveniently and comfortably. Safety, convenience and comfortsurely, these three things are your reasons for choosing your Chevy car. Vehicles from Chevrolet are built not only to perform, but they are built to give you a worry-free and stress-free ride.
Nothing is perfect of course. Just like anything in this world, your Chevy is subject to damages, too. At some points in the future, you might need to replace some parts in your car. This is the reason why the auto market is teeming with different kinds of replacement parts. You need them to keep your Chevy always in good shape and in perfect driving condition. You might want to give your Chevy a fresh new look as well, replacement and aftermarket parts would do the trick for you. Through these parts, you could enhance your vehicle not only in terms of exterior look, but also in terms of performance, utility, safety and comfort.
When talking about auto parts, you are probably thinking of car parts such a the engine, auto lights, air conditioning, wheels and other big and visible components, but there are smaller items available as replacements to your original Chevy parts as well, such as Chevy door handle. This may just be a very ordinary part of your car, but think about the inconvenience you'll have to suffer if your Chevy door handle is broken. Not only that, it's quite annoying, especially at time when you are much in a hurry.
A great variety of Chevy door handles are available in the market today. Whether you are in need of inner or outer door handles for your Chevy, you can easily find one that would match your car model's specifications. Most door handles are made of metal but there are also door handles made of heavy-duty plastic construction. Either of the two can be perfect for your Chevrolet car.
Closer Look at Chevrolet Door Handle
The Chevy door handle is a convenient and necessary vehicle component, often taken for granted in its efficient daily function. Used countless times during the life of the vehicle, the Chevy door handle triggers the door latching mechanism, allowing the door to open smoothly and close securely every time you enter and exit your vehicle. The Chevy door handle takes a lot of wear, as well as abuse from the elements. The winter wind and snow are hard on the Chevy door handle, causing moisture to intrude on its working parts for the cold winter wind to freeze inside. The doors can freeze shut in the winter cold, making it necessary to pull harshly on the Chevy door handle to get it open, causing excess strain and wear on the Chevy door handle. Over time, such rough treatment can cause failure in the Chevy door handle, causing the inconvenient problem of a door that will not open. The inside Chevy door handle takes its share of stress as well, used countless times to open and close the vehicle door, especially the handle on the driver's door. This Chevy door handle is just as dependable, performing its duty dependably through years of use, but time and corrosion can take their toll, as with any vehicle component, eventually causing the Chevy door handle to fail simply from the wear and tear of everyday use. We carry a selection of quality Chevy door handle replacement parts in our user-friendly online catalog, all at very reasonable prices. Our secure site makes ordering fast and easy, but if you prefer to order by telephone, our toll-free line can take your Chevy door handle order just as efficiently.
How to Install Your Chevrolet Door Handle
If you were to accidentally damage or break your Chevy door handle due to excessive force due in one powerful pull or through a series of hard pulls through the years then there's a way to fix it. You can install a new door handle for your Chevrolet by yourself in a DIY fashion.
What You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Set of ¼-inch drive sockets
- Long pair of needle nose pliers
- Inside and/or outside car door handle
Interior Door Handle Installation
Step 1:If it's the door handle from the inside of your car that's broken, you need to unscew the Philips screws or clips that's holding your door panel into place. Use a Philips screwdriver for screws and your flathead screwdriver for the clips.
Step 2:Work carefully when removing the panels so as not to damage it. Unhook the broken handle from the door's long-handle wires that connect to the pull mechanism of the component in question. With a little help, the wires should slip off the handle easily.
Step 3:Unscrew the handle from the door, remove it, then set the new car door into place. Do everything in reverse order. Screw the door handle with your screwdriver. You can either use the old screws or some new screws depending on which makes more sense.
Step 4:Connect the door handle wires to the door handle. Test the handle to see if it works before finishing up the job. Pop in the screws or clips for the door panel. If you've done everything correctly, your door handle should work like brand new.
Exterior Door Handle Installation
Step 1:As for exterior door handle installation, it's a bit different and more labor-intensive. Take off the screws in the armrest. If present, take off the screw inside the door handle as well. Remove the cover for the outside-view mirror over the inside bolts.
Step 2:Remove any screws on the outside of the door panel too. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the trim fasteners around the door panel, between the door and the panel. They have an upside-down hook to them.
Step 3:Lift the panel up in order to release these hooks. Disconnect the electrical connectors too (usually for the automatic window). Remove the plastic vapor barrier from the door's rear in order to get to the access hole.
Step 4:From inside the door handle, remove the two operating rods as well. The window should be all the way up as you do all this. Twist the plastic retaining clip by the end of the rod where it's attached to the latch with needle nose pliers. This will release the rod.
Step 5:From there, pull the rod out of the latch. The door opening rod is the rod towards the front of the door. Meanwhile, the rod on the rear is the locking mechanism rod.
Step 6:Use a ¼-inch drive socket to remove the two nuts on the door then pull the handle out as carefully as possible. Now you can install a new door handle. Reinstall everything in reverse order. You're now done.
Obviously, installation of interior door handles is easier than replacing broken exterior handles. Thusly, even though keeping both handles safe is in your best interest, you should take extra care in making sure your exterior handles aren't broken. Keep your vehicle inside your garage to avoid thieves from forcing entry into your vehicle for good measure.