The door handle is probably the most abused exterior part of your vehicle. You use it whenever you enter or leave your car. Over time, your car's door handle will wear out and require replacement. To keep your vehicle looking new, you'll need to change your worn door handle trim. There's no need to worry though. Replacing door handle trims involves simple tools and usually takes up to 15 minutes only.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools to be used:
- Paint can opener
- Clean cloth or rag
- Blackener (optional)
- New door handle trim
Note:If you don't have a small paint can opener or you're just too lazy fetching one from a hardware store, you can try bending a piece of metal wire into an L shape.
Step 1: Go to your car door's outer end and locate the rubber cover on the upper half of the door. Pull the corner of the rubber sheet to release the rubber grommet's attachment to its hole. Then, you'll see the access hole where you'll be poking in to detach the handle trim.
Step 2: Because the hole is too small to look into, all you can do is to "feel" the parts inside. Insert the paint can opener, with the L shape or bend pointing towards the outside of the door.
Step 3: While in that position, aim the tool at the crotch of the little metal arm of the door handle assembly. Push it forward with just a little amount of force. Once you've felt the handle move forward, you can use your fingernail to remove the trim and pull it off, with the upper half of the trim first.
Step 4: Now that the trim is completely removed, you'll notice a lot of dirt build up on the door handle. Just wipe it off with a clean rag and add a blackener if needed.
Step 5: Install the new door handle trim. Then, return everything to its place by following the previous steps in reverse order.