Question about 2002 Nissan Altima
How would I go about removing and replacing the Exterior door handle of a 2002 Nissan Altima. I have removed the trim and speaker already.
I seriously doubt that supergluing or even epoxying a handle back will hold at all, or hold for more then few days.
I would only suggest doing the replacement yourself if you familiar with this type of work, or has the aptitude to figure out how to do it, and have the right tools because it is NOT trivial and a number of things can be done wrong, broken or scratched.
The handle itself cannot be replaced. The outside door handle assembly (which includes the handle, the bezel with all associated springs, plastic and metal hardware) has to be replaced. Besides junkyards, which is a long shot for number of reasons, the only place where the handle assembly can be bought is the dealer. And these handle assemblies are not cheap ether. The driver side handle on my 2002 Altima broke first. I paid $60.23+tax, and they had to order it. BEFORE anyone goes to the dealer I suggest to call first, and ask them if they have it in stock. Since door handles are sold painted they will ask you for your car's VIN number so that they match the paint color.
After you pick it up, the replacement will take about an hour (if you know what you doing). The inside door panel has to be removed, it is held in place by the inside door handle and the panel is attached by a number of clips, the handle assembly is attached to the door by three bolts, to remove which you will need a socket with extension. You will also need a good flashlight so you see what you are doing.
If you are familiar how to do this type of work and plan to keep the car for a while I strongly suggest buying a factory service manual on a CD (I bought mine on eBay for under $10). It is worth its price 1000s of times over, and makes almost ALL repair work SOOO much easier.
Posted on Nov 16, 2009
Hi... I have the same problem on the passenger side door. The door was locked when I tried to open it and off breaks the handle. Nissan has changed the design on later models. I am planning on fiberglassing the broken handle back on without removing the interior panel. I will let you know if this works out. I haven't been able to locate replacement handles for these , even though this seems to be a common problem.
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
Please don't use glue..that is just too ghetto and will not work. Remove the door panel and all wire connections, remove the interior door panel, use duct tape to hold window in place in the up position, remove 2 bolts that hold handle (one bolt can only be accessed through access hole in door using extension on ratchet) , remove 2 clips attached to handle control rods (red and pink clips), remove bolt that holds lock cylinder in handle...reverse.....go slow and take your time,...not an easy job
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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