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Old 12-07-2009, 03:50 PM
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Door Handle Carrier Replacement

Three of my four door handle carriers are now broken and opening the door from the back has gotten old quickly. I was quoted $400-$500 for the repairs and two days for each door.

I have seen the part listed for $90.00 but I'm affraid that this is a very dificult DIY repair as you can't seen anything up in the door.

Has anyone repaired one?

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Old 12-07-2009, 03:54 PM
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Read this http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x5/...tml#post550399
Took me 30min each side. on scale 1-10 i said 2.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:02 PM
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Thank you!!!!!!
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:31 PM
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I just replaced my drivers side door carrier this weekend. It was my third time. This is not a difficult job. Definitely save the money and do it yourself. I have some tips for you after doing mine this weekend. I was having trouble aligning one of the screw that goes into the locking mechanism. I found that it works best to snap in the collar and ball joint as the last step. I had snapped them in place first and it was cocking the carrier so the screw was not aligning. If you have any questions on how to do the process send me a message. It is real fresh in my mind after doing it this weekend. I could probably nock one out in an hour if i had to do it again.

Another tip, when you are removing the outer door handle pull it can be a little confusing. To add to the DIY post, pull down and to the front of the car while rotating the door handle.

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Old 10-15-2015, 01:54 PM
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For those searching and arriving at this thread, here's a link to the complete DIY video I just made on removing and installing the door handle carrier:

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Old 10-15-2015, 03:25 PM
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It's also much easier to fit the screw that secures the carrier into the lock button if you remove the plastic cap first and just deal with the alloy lock piece. With the plastic cap in place, the angle is just slightly off and the screw wont grab.
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:29 PM
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buckeyes, see the thread linked earlier, in which I, like the many others who have had to do this fix, posted [if its the thread I think it is]. The only things tricky about this are (1) use oem parts, despite their cheap cast alloy, to insure proper fit, and (2) figuring out how to lift the 'spring' activated latch to just the right angle to get the screws to align. And, if the covers of yours are painted to match the body color, don't mess up the cover and have to buy a new cover, have it painted, etc. Don't ask me how I know .......
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:17 PM
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I hope the OP was able to fix it by now since he posted this 6 years ago lol.
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:42 AM
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One year later and the aftermarket handle is still going strong!

Here's a refresher of the DIY:

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Old 08-13-2018, 10:29 AM
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I replaced my driver's door carrier 3 years ago and just had to do it again last week. The first time, I bought an aftermarket one and struggled for a long time to get it to line up, then ended up buying OEM at the dealer and returned the aftermarket one. This time, I just bought OEM from the get go.

Couple of notes after doing this:

I recommend putting some painter's tape on the outside of the door under the handle, to prevent scratching the paint when wrestling the handle back on there:

To reconnect the ball clip at the end of the cable, I was afraid I would break the thing it connects to if I pushed any harder. I found it helpful to use a small pair of channel locks so I could get behind the lock tab and squeeze to push the ball clip on to it.

I bought new gaskets last time, so this time I didn't bother, but I did soak them down with some 404 vinyl protectant while I had them off.

On the BavAuto video, Otto talks about disconnecting/reconnecting the 'door handle illumination bulb'. Other videos don't mention this and mine did not have one connected. I found the LED bulb and wires, which was taped up to some of the other wires in the door, but in my inside handle housing, I could not find a socket to put it into. Does anyone have lights in their inside door handles? The video doesn't show exactly where this is at.
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