Should I Repair or Replace My Subaru's Door Handle?

Rarely does anyone pay attention to their own car door handles, but they’re actually some of the most frequently used parts on the car.

In fact, a broken door handle on your Subaru can really put a damper on your day considering how often you use it to get in and out of your car. So naturally, you likely want to get it fixed as soon as possible.

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The first thing to ask yourself is whether you should repair or replace the door handle.

The answer? It depends on what is broken, and it depends on your level of expertise.

There are so many things that could be wrong with your door handle. For example, the handle itself could be damaged or broken off. Sometimes a component of the mechanism hidden inside the door is broken.

So the first thing you want to do is to pinpoint what exactly is causing your door handle to not work properly. Sometimes the culprit is obvious, like a handle that’s broken off. Sometimes the issue is hard to pinpoint, and you would have to remove the inside door panel to look at the assembly inside.

Repair Your Door Handle If…

If you find a problem that’s obvious and easy to fix, then you can just repair it without having to replace the whole assembly. Sometimes just replacing a bracket or another component would restore the condition of your handle.

Look up your Subaru model in our catalog of genuine OEM Subaru door handles and components to see if you can find the part(s) you need to repair your handle.

Replace Your Door Handle If…

Sometimes you would just need to replace the entire assembly. It’s the best course of action when:

  • You can’t pinpoint the issue
  • The broken part is difficult to repair or replace
  • There are multiple broken parts

You Can Replace or Repair Your Door Handle Without Bringing Your Car to a Shop

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Shops and Subaru dealerships charge about $100/hour for labor. Even if the job takes less than an hour, they’ll still charge you a minimum of one hour. Not to mention, you’d also be paying a large markup on a replacement handle. Basically, having a dealership repair or replace your door handle costs a whole lot of money.

The good news is that you can order genuine OEM replacement door handles and related parts from us at wholesale pricing. Also, replacing a door handle is doable with this step-by-step guide.

Please contact us if you have any questions about repairing or replacing your door handle.