Safety is always the priority when onboard a vehicle, especially if you've got kids in the car. You shouldn't travel if your ride's got a busted door handle latch-it is one of the components that ensure passenger safety at all times. So in case you start having trouble opening and closing your doors, make sure you get a new latch. You might ask: "How do I go about the purchase? How will I know which door handle latch to choose?" We might be able to help you out with these simple tips.
Tip no. 1: Know the specifics of your vehicle.
Knowing the exact year, make, and model of your automobile might help, but it would be useless if you don't know the specifics. This makes an owner's manual indispensable; knowing the exact specifications of every part of your auto will not only speed up the search, but it will also ensure hassle-free shopping since you'll get it right the first time.
Make sure you have this information before you shop:
- Door type: Some vehicles such as AUVs and family vans have sliding doors, while other autos like sedans and compact cars use conventional doors.
- Door Handle Latch Type: The next part should be able to give some information about the types of latches you may encounter while shopping.
Tip no. 2: Study your options. Look at the type of door latch design.
There are plenty of door handle latch replacements available, which makes deciding even more difficult. But don't just get any door handle latch because it is cheap or accessible; check out its specs as well.
Here are some of the door latch designs you might encounter:
- Bear Claw Latch: This is the most common door handle latch design used in most makes and models, so you are lucky if your ride's door uses this type of latch. It will only vary for every automobile because of the differences in car door dimension and thickness.
- Bear Jaw Latch: You might use this type of latch if you've got a vintage roadster or a convertible. It can also be used in coupes, sedans, and pickups, depending on the car manufacturer and door specs.
Other sub-classifications of the bear claw and bear jaw latches are based on the number of rotors. If you have a light-duty vehicle, you might need latches with single rotors for its doors. Two-rotor latches are typically used in heavy-duty vehicles.
- Single Rotor Latch: This type of latch can be found in almost every car door. It can also be installed in compartment doors such as tailgates of pickups and trunks of compact vehicles.
- Two-Rotor or Double Latch: This type of latch is commonly found in compartment doors for storage trucks or armed vehicles. If you're the type who uses trucks for the job, then you might need a double latch.