Door handle not working

The driver's interior door handle doesn't open the door.
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Hi. This appears to be a fairly common issue with the Mini Coopers, up until about 2005. If you would like detailed information, there is the bulletin "M510506" that has the repair information. Usually the cable on the inside has slipped off or become loose which prevents the latch from moving the locking mechanism. I suggest you contact the dealer to see of this bulletin applies to your vehicle. If it doesn’t, I suggest you have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the door’s mechanism and replace any failing/damaged parts.

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The main culprits to look out for are loose springs or parts that stick out. You can check this by trying to press the latch bolt tongue inwards, if you can`t do this then it`s most likely broken and beyond economic repair. 5) Another check to look out for is any debris that`s blocking up the lugs in the door handle.
Try slightly loosening the screws that hold the handle to the door itself. This should make the handle easier to turn. Remove the handle from the door and operate it while holding the backplate. If the handle does not operate freely, try adding a little grease to it and allowing it to work into the mechanism.
A bent outside door handle rod or the lock rod can prevent the exterior door handle`s lever from working properly and consistently. A bent door handle rod can also mean there`s a problem with the door latch assembly, so confirm the latch on the assembly isn`t binding. If it isn`t, the rod or cable needs to be replaced.
The most common reason for drooping door handles is having an incorrect latch type. If you are fitting new handles, first check that your door handles and latches are compatible. New lever handles are more likely to be sprung and only require a standard tubular latch.
Tighten the screw, using the appropriate flathead screwdriver or hex wrench. That should restore the operation of the knob. If the knob is old, the screw may be stripped or stuck. Pull off the handle and spray lubricant onto the screw to get it to turn more easily.
Factors like the weather, damage to the key, and even a buildup of dirt and grime inside the locking mechanism can all stop a door from locking. If you`re having trouble locking your front door on a regular basis, you should consult a locksmith as soon as possible.
A touch-sensitive door lock relies on special sensors and wiring. The wiring and sensors create a particular area in the door`s surface that you open by pressing it with one or two fingers. Once you have set the sequence in motion, the door should just pop open.
The procedure for replacing the handle varies from car to car, and some even require dismantling the interior of the door, but many can be easily changed from outside the door with just a few procedures.
The door handle springs mechanism is not properly lubricated, preventing the handle from springing back to horizontal. Remove the levers from the door and holding the backplate in one hand operate the handle. If it is grinding or seizing apply a little grease and operate again to work the grease in to the mechanism.
In any case, the average car door handle replacement cost is $70-$300 for an interior handle and anywhere from $100 to over $500 for an exterior handle.
A broken door handle can be a serious inconvenience—hopefully, you`re not trapped in your car! The cost of an interior door handle replacement is likely to cost between $60 and $250. The exact cost is dependent on the amount of labor and the cost of any replacement parts.
Although the cost varies depending on which handle broke, you can expect to pay around $80-$500 to replace it.
Typically speaking, the most common cause of a sticking door handle is due to a problem with the tubular latch – the spindle bar that sits inside the latch body – as springs and other component parts can easily become damaged.
Factors like the weather, damage to the key, and even a buildup of dirt and grime inside the locking mechanism can all stop a door from locking. If you`re having trouble locking your front door on a regular basis, you should consult a locksmith as soon as possible.
Either way your solution is the same- disassemble and lubricate. Remove the knobs, then remove the latch assembly. Remove any obvious pieces of metal or debris that are present, add a lubricant, work the mechanism, and reassemble.

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