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Toyota ECHO REAR DOOR HANDLE problem

My TOYOTA ECHO SEDAN has a strange problem with it's REAR DOOR HANDLES. They are operating properly (I can open the door when handle is pulled. The door handle returns back when hand is released.)

However, the problem with it is that the handle does not return back completely to the original position but only three-fourths way back in. This means the door handles remain popping out of the door all the time.

If you need a picture of how the door handle looks, I will send it with your reply.

Please advise how the door handle can be fixed in a cost effective way.

Thanks for your support.

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  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    2000 Toyota echo coup passenger door works and it locks fine, but the handle does not return to its normal position. The handle remains ¾ the way out. Does anyone have a solution?

  • nirajkapadia Nov 18, 2009

    I am still waiting for a solution to the problem with the door handle not returning to original position - where and how can we get it fixed and how much will it cost?

    As per HOMEINVEST suggestion, the plastic that holds on to the sprint is broken - where can i get the plastic part ?

    Please post reply....



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I have this same problem, and I removed the interior door fascia to examine the cause.
As mentioned, the moving, plastic part of the door handle has a recess that houses the return spring. Under stress (under too little stress, if you ask me), part of that plastic that surrounds the spring ruptures (tears), and the spring can no longer exert sufficient force to get the handle to retract flush against the car.
There is no way to fic that plastic part--you have to replace the entire handle. Searching for "Toyota Echo Door Handle" will find you a number of on-line sites that sell BLACK handles for under $7.00! The dealer wants something like $50-$70 for an OEM part, with the right color.
I have the service manual, and replacing these things is a *****! You have to use a TORX bit to remove the actual latch in the door, to get it out of the way.
There isn't actually any fixed linkage between the handle and the interior latch mechanism. When you pull the handle up enough, a plastic cam on the handle strikes a metal lever within the car door, forcing the latch to release the steel hoop. So once you can ACCESS the handle, swapping it out looks straightforward. The problem is, accessing it is a pain. Make sure you have a magnetic grabber handy for the hardware!
I have yet to find a cheap source for SILVER handles on the Internet (none of the Internet Junkyards have responded).

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I found that the plastic that hold on to the spring was broken.

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