Today I went to open my door and found that the rubber plug that's
inserted in the door handle had come adrift (this is in the part that
pulls out and not in the back piece). When I looked at it further it
appeared that a section had been torn away and rather than an enclosed
square it was now in the shape of a U with a section of the skinny part
missing. So my questions are is this easily replaced (there appears to
be a small star screw in the end of the handle) and/or shall I attempt
to just reinsert the original piece, minus the torn section, and maybe
epoxy it? The car is still under the extended warranty - would this be
covered? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
I'm not entirely sure what you're talking about. There's a black plastic gasket between the door handle and the door. I'm also not familiar with there being any sort of screw on the handle itself.
As to whether the repair is covered by your extended warranty, you'll need to ask the warranty company. It could be, depending on the specific policy you've purchased.
This is rubber and it goes around where the door handle and the rod that
goes into the door connect. Looking at the other handles it looks like
it's just a seal to keep that connection clean/dry. If you pull the
handle open you can see a small screw, with a star head, that goes on
the end opposite the front of the car. I suspect this may just be a
trim screw as it doesn't look substantial enough to attach handle and
rod. Thanks for getting back to me however. I, like many others,
appreciate your input to this group.
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