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Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:56 pm
by goldbrick
My handle just popped off slightly today for the first time after my car was sitting with the sun on the side in 90+ heat. I think I'll try some sort of gooey cement such as Shoe-Goo or Barge. I have plenty of epoxies but I don't think they'll hold well to the smooth plastic surface and I don't want to try to get in there to roughen them up. It's only happened once and if I hadn't read this thread I probably wouldn't have noticed.

I'm a week past 3 years since my in-service date but my mileage is about 20.5k. I assume the 3 year/36k mile warranty is the lesser of the two, right?

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:05 pm
by cwerdna
goldbrick wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:56 pm
I'm a week past 3 years since my in-service date but my mileage is about 20.5k. I assume the 3 year/36k mile warranty is the lesser of the two, right?
It is is whichever comes first, so you're out of warranty.

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:25 pm
by GerryAZ
I don't think Shoe-Goo will be strong enough, but let us know how it works out if you use it. The JB Weld was still holding when I traded my 2015 in for the new car except that the plastic door handle was flexing a bit in the heat making it seem like the epoxy was coming loose. I was careful to avoid getting the JB Weld close to the button so the back of the plastic could still flex. Later posts described gluing the very back of the handle in addition to the main part (just avoid getting glue close to the button) so that would have kept the plastic from flexing.

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:17 pm
by SueC56
I have a 2016 SL purchased in 2019. It has the problem of the outer plastic part of the door handle coming loose. If I remember to put my hand in the loop and pull carefully, it doesn't come apart. Had it in to the body shop when I first got it, but decided it was too expensive to bother with at the time.

I might try JB Weld sometime. Thanks.