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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
there is a linkage rod held by plastic clips that runs from the door handle to the door latch, it has come off, u must detrim the door to replace it.
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
it is a plastic piece the only way you will get one is the buick dealer/ The best people to contact is a auto body shop the reason being is the labor rate insurance rates prevail/ thats like pay either 44 or110.00 which one would you rather pay the 44.00 of course Please rate my response thank you very much it takes a couple of hours to do as well time wise
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
SOURCE: door handles (exterior)
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!
Posted on Mar 13, 2009
Order the exterior door handle AND the clip that attaches the rod to the exterior handle from your local dealership ( any part in the salvage yard will have at least as much wear as the one U are replacing ) Also order a can of touch up paint matching your car. After you have the parts and have painted the new exterior handle, roll down the window and remove the interior door panel. ( instructions have been posted at 'replace door lock buttom' ) Two nuts, one on each side, hold the broken handle in place and must be removed ( DON'T loose them ). Loosen the rod from the clip at the top to allow a bit more room, But take note on the way it is attached ( you will need to reattach the rod to new handle ) To install new mechanism put the new clip on the rod, carefully place the gasket and the new handle in place and install nuts to secure. Test the door handle and make sure it works. Reinstall interior door panel.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
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