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Old 10-15-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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Door handle broke

I just got a new door handle and it broke! What I noticed is that it has a bracket shaped like an "L" and another mechanism to pull the "L" so that the door opens. I realized that the metal piece skips over the "L" piece causing the door not to open. If anyone can give me a hand that would be great. These door handles are annoying.

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Old 10-15-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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I've pulled mine apart plenty. Post a pic of ur trouble

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Old 10-15-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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A picture's going to worth a thousand words here friend. Are they half door handles or full door handles?
Inner or outer?
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:57 PM   #4
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ya i have some problems with my doors also, if my door is locked and i pull the lever the door locks up and i have to lock and unlock it a few times for it to open, i got the keyless entry also, its very convient
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:08 PM   #5
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The interior door parts need to be well lubed in order to work smoothly. And I'm not talking about a squirt of WD-40 through the key hole.
Take the interior trim panel off and the latch cover plate and apply some white grease to every moving part. This will solve most door problems unless you have a badly worn or broken part.
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:00 PM   #6
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It's the outside paddle handles on full doors
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:50 AM   #7
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Had the same issue, here's the problem...

I'm fairly certain that I know exactly what the problem is, and it sounds like I have the exact same issue you are having.

With the door interior is removed, metal plate behind of the handle unscrewed, and door mechanism accessed, this 'L' shaped latching mechanism is behind the handle and is used to latch onto another metal 'latch', triggering it and opening the door. The problem is that when it skips over this metal latch, it bypasses the device and the exterior handle is left opened, and the door does not. This is a real pain in the ass, because the only temporary solution is to enter the passenger door (or worse case, the back).

I have the same issue and am currently trying to figure out a solution as well. I had the same issue of it skipping over the other metal piece and not returning the door handle to its regular position (or opening the door for that matter).

I've used a punch and a mallet and banged that sucker back in there really good so that there was good pull on the opening mechanism. This always works, but has only been a temporary solution since the metal tends to get weak over time and goes back to its 'broken' position after a week or so (for me anyhow).

I've been trying to figure out a solution on how to possibly extend that 'L' latch so it connects with the other part of the handle system (no matter how much the original metal wears). If I can come up with something, I will take photos and let you know. But basically, you will need to pull the handle back to its original position (might have to slightly pry on the inside of the handle mechanism to get that 'L' latch back to its original position). Then either punch that 'L' latch with a mallet so it makes contact with the handle, or think of a solution to provide contact between the handle's opening mechanism. I was thinking maybe a spot weld in there to have a bit more metal on metal contact, but im afraid that will just melt the mechanism and not even worth the effort.

Problem: Door mechanism latch weakens and skips over the handle mechanism.

Solution: Punch the latch back into place so it makes contact, or find a solution that provides better handle to mechanism contact. (and then post here and let me know).
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:15 AM   #8
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Sorry, the other temporary solution is to leave the window opened, or soft top on and reach inside to open the door.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:44 PM   #9
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I have keyless entry with the alarm so I just leave it unlocked and if anyoone goes near the door or opens it the alarm will warn u, and if u stay it will go off. I think ill eventually just get a new door jam and all that stuff
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:47 PM   #10
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i had the same problem. i took some .32 stainless safety wire, as used on aircraft, and secured it so that it cannot raise up and "skip" the latch mechanism.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:11 AM   #11
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Hey Chief, How did you secure the wire to the handle mechanism?
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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Door latch problem

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I'm fairly certain that I know exactly what the problem is, and it sounds like I have the exact same issue you are having.

With the door interior is removed, metal plate behind of the handle unscrewed, and door mechanism accessed, this 'L' shaped latching mechanism is behind the handle and is used to latch onto another metal 'latch', triggering it and opening the door. The problem is that when it skips over this metal latch, it bypasses the device and the exterior handle is left opened, and the door does not. This is a real pain in the ass, because the only temporary solution is to enter the passenger door (or worse case, the back).

I have the same issue and am currently trying to figure out a solution as well. I had the same issue of it skipping over the other metal piece and not returning the door handle to its regular position (or opening the door for that matter).

I've used a punch and a mallet and banged that sucker back in there really good so that there was good pull on the opening mechanism. This always works, but has only been a temporary solution since the metal tends to get weak over time and goes back to its 'broken' position after a week or so (for me anyhow).

I've been trying to figure out a solution on how to possibly extend that 'L' latch so it connects with the other part of the handle system (no matter how much the original metal wears). If I can come up with something, I will take photos and let you know. But basically, you will need to pull the handle back to its original position (might have to slightly pry on the inside of the handle mechanism to get that 'L' latch back to its original position). Then either punch that 'L' latch with a mallet so it makes contact with the handle, or think of a solution to provide contact between the handle's opening mechanism. I was thinking maybe a spot weld in there to have a bit more metal on metal contact, but im afraid that will just melt the mechanism and not even worth the effort.

Problem: Door mechanism latch weakens and skips over the handle mechanism.

Solution: Punch the latch back into place so it makes contact, or find a solution that provides better handle to mechanism contact. (and then post here and let me know).
I have the same problem as described above and also hoping to find a solution. The problem happened several years ago, I did bend the piece to make contact and open the door, but the problem is back.

I'm not looking forward to taking the upholstery off again and trying to do repair, since I don't expect it to work.

Does anyone have a good photo of the mechanism to share?
Do I need to buy a used door and replace it, or can I buy just the (one) part?
Winter snow and cold are near - any advice would be great. Leaving the window open gets really old (and cold).
Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:09 AM   #13
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Lee,

I found that it's best to just replace the door handle. You can order the handle from either Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories, & Jeep Tops or Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories & Jeep Wrangler Parts From The Jeep Parts Experts - Quadratec. Bit of a pain to replace, but if you have a warm garage/shop and the proper tools, it is well worth it for the feel of new handles.

I've had both front handles break from the inside and out one cold Winter morning, had to roll down the window to get myself and my snowboard out. Does not make my Jeep look cool!

I know exactly how you feel about having your windows down in the Winter. My short term remedy was the soft top with the front window unvelcro'd so I could reach in and open it from the inside.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:44 AM   #14
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Thanks WhistlerJeep for your reply and the web sites!
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:06 PM   #15
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I finally found the time and ambition to remove the door and try to find a DIY cheap but (permanent) fix. I have an idea and am requesting feedback. Has anyone tried (Liquid Steel) to build-up the area that has worn/bent? I used Liquid Steel years ago on a different problem and was impressed how well it worked, and hope it can work on the door latch mechanism. Thanks in-advance for your feedback!
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #16
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Door handle repair?

Does anyone think it would work to use a piece of 16th inch key stock and silver solder onto the latchplate 1/8 inch longer than the stock piece to repair the door handle mechanism?
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:12 AM   #17
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DIY repair using J-B Weld on door latch mechanism

Last week I took the door off the hinges,
laid it on a table,
and applied JB Weld
to the cam mechanism
and the L-shape mechanism.

I really hope this is a long-term fix but too soon to tell.
Have only used the outside handle maybe 4 times since the repair.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:21 PM   #18
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"L" mechanism

Anyone know what that "L" mechanism is called and where I could possibly find it? I have full doors on my 95 Yj and on the passenger side that piece ended up snapping.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:12 AM   #19
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Anyone know what that "L" mechanism is called
I call it $&%%#&@. Just got new paddle handles in from quadratec. $25 each. The L mechanism is attached to the paddle. I think you have to replace the whole handle.

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