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.
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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Parts are available at a salvage yard. Getting the door open is going to be your problem "unless" you pull the seat out and have room to take door panel off to open the door with the mechanism manually.
Jaguar 2000-06 - Locks & Lock Systems Power Door Locks - Removal & Installation
Door Lock Switch Door Lock Diagnosis & Testing
Visually inspect the following:
Misaligned door(s), hood or luggage compartment lid
Exterior door handle
Interior door handle
Door lock cylinder
Luggage compartment lid exterior release switch
Door lock actuator
Remote transmitter batteries
Door lock switch
Front electronic module
If an obvious cause for an observed or reported concern is found,
correct the cause (if possible) before proceeding to the next step.
Door Lock Motor Coupe And Convertible
Turn ignition key to position II.
Motor door glass to fully raised position.
Turn ignition key to position O.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove door casing for access.
Remove door water shedder.
Position PVC secondary water shedder for access.
Slacken and remove the door glass rear runner lower securing screws.
Reposition door glass rear runner. Mark the position of the glass rear runner upper securing screw.
Slacken and remove the upper securing screw and move the runner away from the glass.
Disconnect door handle and lock barrel (driver door only) operating rods from latch links.
Slacken and remove the three latch assembly securing screws and position latch for access.
Remove latch motor harness multiplug from mounting bracket and disconnect multiplug.
Release operating cable from door handle. Move inner door handle
to the locked position. Remove operating cable outer abutment from
support bracket. Disconnect cable inner from door inner handle.
Remove lock motor assembly from door.
To install, reverse removal procedure.
Fig. Removing door lock actuator
Remove the door window glass
Detach the interior door handle.
Detach the actuator remote cable from the interior door handle.
Remove the interior door handle.
Detach the door window glass run.
Remove the exterior door handle retaining screws.
Remove the front door actuator retaining screws.
Reposition the front door actuator and exterior handle.
Remove the front door actuator and exterior handle.
Disconnect the front door actuator remote cable.
Detach the door lock cylinder connecting rod (1).
Detach the exterior door handle connecting rod (2).
I have the same car, same problem. I've still not been able to fix it, despite taking the inside panels off the rear doors, checking the rods were seated, applying WD-40 to the lock mechanisms, and manually working the mechanism. Child locks are not engaged, but I tried putting them on and off too. Just won't open.