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Door handles (exterior)

My front doors wont open its as though my handles are unattached. when you lift the handle to open it there is no resistence and feels as though there is a spring or something sprung. is it possible to fix without taking to the dealer...my car is 1999 buick thanks for any help i might get...being a poor single mom of two kids i will at least attempt to fix it if i can

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same problem. No tension at all when lifting the door handle. I have taken off the door panel and arm rest and can see there is two bolts holding the door handle that I believe require removing the glass to get to. Not something I want to do. I called the dealer and they said it would be $104.00 for the part and would need to be painted. Junkyard has one for $26 but is white, I need red.

  • dennisclee Jan 27, 2009

    I need to know where I can purchase either new or after market exterior door handles for a 1999 buick park ave, Thanks Dennis

  • djston Feb 07, 2009

    How hard is it to replace the door handle

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This won't solve the problem once the latch is broken, but can help keep you from breaking your door latch on cold frosty days.

Shortly after buying my 99 Park Ave I noticed that the rear door handle on the driver's side was black, instead of painted gold to match the rest of the car. I presume that the previous owner had the problem mentioned above. To avoid breaking the flimsy plastic handles when my doors are frozen shut (which is often during the winter in upstate New York!), I use the remote to unlock the doors, then I open the rear door first. By opening the rear door first you can grab the edge of the door at the wheel well, while pulling gently on the latch. By applying most of the force to the edge of the door at the wheel well you can avoid breaking the door latch.

While the rear door is open you can repeat this process to open the front door, grabbing the edge of the door in the crack created by the open rear door, and lifting gently on the front door handle. (Just make sure the rear door isn't closed in the process or you will crush your fingers!) This approach has worked many times during the last two winters that I have had my Park Ave. Hope it helps others!

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You can try this link to online junkyards. My driver & passenger doors are both broken. the molded plastic piece Buick put in to operate the handle is absolutely ridiculous. I couldn't believe that a point that gets the amount of daily use that your handle does would have a small plastic piece on it. Oh well, the only fix is to find a couple new/used handles. I've had some luck at the above website in finding difficult parts. Good Luck

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The door handles are broken! we are on our second set on two of the doors and first set on the others. A little arm breaks off inside the door. Replacement is not the only cost then to have them painted is just as bad or worse. Changed all four last fall.

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I had the same problem. There is a part molded into the handle that is easy to break, especially if the door is stuck say with frost or ice and the tendency is to pull harder, thus putting stress on the part by lifting the door handle even higher. My (temporary) solution was to swap the driver's door handle with the passenger (rear) handle. Now it is broken as well (dang cold weather). I was going to try to find replacement handles cheap, but so far no luck. I may try installing a bolt or something in place of the molded part. I just wonder if the part hasn't been improved or strengthened since it seems to be a common problem.

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