Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby miniVan [OP] » January 28th 2015, 5:52pm

Hi everyone,
Recently I noticed that the outside driver's door handle started wobbling, meaning that even if I were to use the slightest force to tug or push on the door handle, it would flop around back and forth about half way, before I need to pull harder to open the door (Before there was full tension when I would grab the handle to open the door, now it feels like there is only a small zone of tension in the handle at the outer most limit of pulling the door handle). The outside driver's door handle is not tightly flush against the body of the van anymore like the other door handles are, and the handle on it's own flops back and forth as if it is loose. I'm not sure what is going on here, it looks like the handle is screwed on properly and I think it might be a mechanical thing inside. The door locks and unlocks fine, but I am concerned if one day I won't be able to open the door from outside. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

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Re: Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby RECox286 » January 28th 2015, 7:19pm

There are two studs and washer-nuts (10mm socket) that hold the handle tight.

to the door skin. It's not uncommon for them to loosen up and exhibit the signs

you describe. If you remove the round plastic cover just below the latch, you will

be able to see the nut that needs to be tightened. Unfortunately, the factory puts

in the handle first, then the latch, which means if you have to get to the top hold down

nut, either the latch needs to be removed, OR you will have to drill an inspection hole

above the latch and tighten the bugger with a swivel socket and extension (1/4" socket

set b/c there won't be too much room to manuver). After you are done, you can find a

plastic cover plug like they use at the factory. This is what some of the guys are doing

when it is handle replacement time, rather than take the inside door panel off the door.

Good hunting.

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Re: Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby jaywoo65 » January 28th 2015, 7:38pm

You'll need something like this to get to the top bolt, and even then it's not terribly easy.
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Re: Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby The Drummer » January 28th 2015, 8:12pm

Is it easely accessible with the inside door panel removed? mine does the same thing and i will have to remove the trim anyway .
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Re: Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby RECox286 » January 28th 2015, 11:36pm

If you make the hole in the right spot, and use a one quater inch socket set with a short swivel 10mm and a long

extension, you won't have any trouble at all. There is no way to get a straight socket on the nut and expect it to

turn. The trick is to totally miss the latch making the hole. BTW: drilling is a lot easier than trying to work in the

area you get access to by removing the door panel trim. The hole in the picture should have been closer to the

outside of the door, and a bit higher for optimum access and to accept the new rubber plug w/o interference.

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Re: Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby jaywoo65 » January 28th 2015, 11:38pm

The hole actually should have been a little lower. The camera is looking down into the hole towards the nut. Another 3/4" towards the outside of the door would have been good.
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Re: Driver side door handle wobbling/loose

Postby Astrofarian » January 29th 2015, 12:07am

The spring on the handle has either broken or come unhooked. That'll make your handle wobbly/loose.
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