I'm sure a few of us have come across a broken door handle on oue of our cars.
Here is the problem, stupid design, how flimsy is the thing and hollow too boot:
What we need it a bit of reo, in this case it's just a bit cut off a suitable size bolt. Should be a tight fit in the hole, but not too tight to split the plastic. Need to add a bit of curve at one end because the hollow section curves around on one side:
Glue the reo into one end with a bit of super glue:
Then glue the other half on:
So there you have it, good as new. Don't know how long it will last, but did a similar repair about 18 months ago on one of the rear door handles and it's still holding together. This one will be the true test though, because it is on the drivers door.
Sorry that a couple of the photos are a bit crappy, stupid iphone.
Reo is just short for reinforcement as in reo bar for concrete. Not sure of the thread size, just something that is a reasonably tight fit is good enough, have also used a roll pin the first time I did this. The main thing it to be careful that it is not so tight that you split the plastic.
Just completed this fix to my driver rear door. Worked great. I used a snug fitting all thread along with JB Quick (quick drying JB Weld). When observing the hole where the all thread is to be placed, I noticed it did not have to be bent on my '05 300C. A straight fit and better than new. Thanks guys.....
Bent or straight screw depends on where the break is. I have done 5 handles this way now including 3 on the same car, only one left to go on that one now.
There are some good threads about on how to change the handles and even a couple of youtube videos if you go looking. I just wanted to cover the repair as an alternative to changing the handle for a new one.
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