Tools And Tricks For Repairing Your VW Door Handle

Got a broken door handle on your Volkswagen? You may be able to skip the dealership and fix or replace the handle yourself. This guide explores some of the options to either fix or replace the handle. 

The first thing you should do is to figure out what’s wrong with your handle.

What Could be Wrong With My Door Handle?

Handle parts

Most commonly, door handles stop working properly because the handle itself or one of the interior parts is broken. For example, the door latch or the linkage (between the handle and the latch/locking mechanisms) could be broken.

If the handle itself is cracked or broken off, then it’s likely that the interior parts are fine and you would just need to replace the handle. If the handle is fine, but your door isn’t locking or unlocking, then there’s something wrong with the interior parts.

Replacing Your VW Door Handle

If it’s just your handle that’s the issue, then we have some good news: it’s pretty easy to replace the interior or exterior handle on a Volkswagen. There are many good tutorials to follow online. For example, here’s a tutorial we did on replacing the exterior door handle on a Volkswagen. 

Replacing the door handle on your VW is actually a pretty easy DIY project if you have the right tools and a good set of instructions to follow. We put together several tips that will help you save money and tackle the project without much trouble.

Useful Tips to Know Before Replacing Your VW Door Handle

Door handle

  1. Use the right tools when removing the parts. It’s easy to scratch the body paint (if you’re removing an exterior handle) or crack a plastic panel (if you’re removing an interior handle). Especially if you’re not using the right tools.
  2. If you want to save money, order a replacement handle online. VW dealerships mark up their prices by a lot, and you’d find much better prices online. For example, at, we offer wholesale pricing for genuine OEM VW parts, including door handles.
  3. If the handle comes with a lock cylinder, you can transfer the old lock to the new handle. This way, you don’t have to get a whole new set of keys for when you have to open the car door the old-fashioned way.
  4. If you’re replacing an exterior handle, apply painter’s tape around the door handle before you do the job. This way, you won’t scratch the paint around the handle. For best results, use a high-quality tape that’s easy to remove.
  5. Replacing an interior door handle is more challenging than replacing an exterior door handle. So we suggest going through a tutorial first before deciding to do the project yourself. This way, you can see if it’s something you can do instead of hiring a professional.

Got any questions about replacing your door handle? You’re welcome to contact us!