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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.

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:27 pm
by bobkart
ElectricEddy wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:12 pm
Chmdoman wrote:Our Nissan Leaf 2015 door handle started getting loose until the lock literally popped out of its hole. I did some reasearch and found it’s easy to fix with a Torx25 driver. It appears Nissan did not lock tight this screw and it backs out over time. The dealer quoted me $50 parts + $350 labor to fix! The parts are fine and it’s took 1 min to fix, I made a YouTube video showing how.
https://youtu.be/7DRdfOYu8Bo
I tried and got three full turns on both passenger doors ( driver's both ok)
Thanks for the quick fix as both those handles would have loosened.
Great first post :)
I actually used a Torx 27 , maybe they increased the size?
Just FYI, I've found that a Torx T30 bit fits best, on my 2016 S.

(Apologies for resurrecting such an old thread.)

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 3:41 pm
by LeftieBiker
I often find myself using a smaller Torx bit than the actual size - they are unusually flexible that way, as long as you aren't trying for lots of torque...

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:15 pm
by GerryAZ
That is a different issue than I had on my 2015 (plastic cover coming loose from moving part of handle), but I think I will check those Torx bolts on all doors of my 2019 to make sure they are tight.

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:38 pm
by dhanson865
GerryAZ wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:25 pm
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.
I bought a 2 owner 2015 (owned in GA and TN) the handle looks like first or second owner might have tried some sort of glue. I just ordered some
J-B Weld 50139 Plastic Bonder Body Panel Adhesive and Gap Filler Syringe - Black - 25 ml to see if I can redo the prior attempt.

or maybe I'm wrong and it's factory glue, but it seems to be an uneven edge. I guess I should take some pictures before I change it up.

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:10 am
by jjeff
dhanson865 wrote:
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:38 pm
.....or maybe I'm wrong and it's factory glue, but it seems to be an uneven edge. I guess I should take some pictures before I change it up.
On my Leaf anyway, the factory didn't use glue but rather a thin strip of double-sided tape, like the 1/2" W yellow packaging Scotch tape that comes in a dispenser like the single-sided red or green Scotch tape.
Kind of cheap IMO for the chrome part of a door handle to simply be held by some adhesive tape!
I can't remember the brand of glue I used but mine has remained stuck since gluing it.

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:52 am
by BrockWI
I used clear JB weld and it lasted about a year before they started popping off again. Now it is kind of a mess and I am not sure how to clean it out to get it to fit back tight again. I might have to take the whole handle apart and clean it out...