How To Replace An Exterior VW Door Handle

It's pretty uncommon for a Volkswagen door handle to break, but it happens. If you find yourself in this situation, we got your back with an easy step-by-step tutorial on replacing the door handle.

Why is Your Door Handle Broken?

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There are several different reasons why your door handle isn't working quite right. Maybe the handle itself is chipped or broken off. Maybe the spring inside stopped working. Or maybe it's something else. If the handle itself looks fine, then the issue likely lies with one of the tiny components within the handle assembly. If that's the case, you have two options:

  1. Take apart the door handle assembly, identify the faulty component, and then fix or replace it.
  2. Replace the whole door handle assembly.

The first option (taking apart the door handle assembly and then tinkering around with it) is a pretty cumbersome task. There's also no guarantee that you'll be able to fix or replace the faulty part, let alone even find and identify the faulty part. Even if you pinpoint the culprit and know exactly how to replace it, the component might not even be available unless you dig it up at a junkyard. Such a task could eat up your time. Depending on how much you value your time, it's probably just cheaper and easier to buy a new VW door handle assembly and then replace it yourself.

Replacing Your VW's Exterior Door Handle

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Luckily, anyone with a small flat blade screwdriver and a T-20 Torx driver can replace an exterior door handle on a Volkswagen. We based this set of instructions on a 2010-2014 VW GTI, but you should be able to follow it with most of the other VW models.

Remember to get a replacement door handle first before starting the replacement process. We carry genuine OEM Volkswagen parts, including replacement door handles, and we offer wholesale pricing to the public. Look up your Volkswagen model in our catalog of door handles to see how much money you can save on one!

Removing the Door Handle

  1. Remove the keyhole cover (if there’s one).
  2. Open the door and then carefully remove the rubber grommet near the edge. You should see a Torx screw underneath.
  3. Next to the Torx screw is a little sticker. Remove it, as well.
  4. Remove the Torx screw.
  5. Inside the hole that the sticker was covering, there’s another screw. You don’t want to pull it out all the way. Just loosen it. To do this, stick the car key inside the keyhole and then turn it to the right. At the same time, loosen the screw inside the hole.
  6. While loosening the screw, gently pull out the key cylinder.
  7. Gently pull out the handle. You may need to do it with a little finesse, but always be careful not to break or scratch anything.

Installing the New Door Handle

  1. Slide the new handle in. Start with the left side and then gently push it in.
  2. Reinstall the key cylinder by putting it back in where it was before.
  3. Tighten the screw inside the hole. This will lock the key cylinder in place.
  4. Screw in the Torx screw.
  5. Put the sticker and grommet back in place.
  6. Pull out the door handle, slide in the keyhole cover, and then snap it in place.

It’s a pretty straightforward process. But if you need assistance with anything, including finding the right replacement door handle for your Volkswagen, we’re the people to talk to.