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Exterior door handle

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mte, Oct 21, 2022.

  1. Oct 21, 2022 at 7:26 PM
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    mte

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    1999 2door. Plastic handle broke off in my hand while normally opening. Got a cheapy from Amazon. Bent the flat piece that rod is attached to on first try. Got the same replacement from Amazon and the same thing happened. Pulled up on handle and the same thing happened. Now I have the Dorman handle. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. Oct 21, 2022 at 7:45 PM
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    Nano909

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    Yeah, you're not buying OEM.
     
  3. Oct 21, 2022 at 7:49 PM
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    Bought one from O'Reilly a few weeks ago for my '99. Is working just fine. Cost less than $20.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2022 at 7:51 PM
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    mte

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    Yes, that is exactly where I bought mine after getting pure crap from Amazon. Will be reinstalling tomorrow a/m...for the third time this week
     
  5. Oct 21, 2022 at 7:55 PM
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    I don't envy that! Was areal pain in the a#$ to get the locking rod on mine during the install.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2022 at 8:08 PM
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    Sounds like something is binding up...
     
  7. Oct 21, 2022 at 8:11 PM
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    That is a sound thought! OP might want to check for something binding up before the 3rd install!
     
  8. Oct 21, 2022 at 10:53 PM
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    Before installing a brand new handle.
    I reinforce the known weak point with JB Weld.
     
  9. Oct 22, 2022 at 3:24 AM
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    chrslefty

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  10. Oct 22, 2022 at 9:24 AM
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    mte

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    Yip-yip-yippie...got the blessed door handle installed...just another lessen in trying to save a few bucks by going cheap. Thanks for y'all's input and advice...happy trails...
     

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