Nissan Versa door handle falls off.
This happened to me to.
This is how I permanently fixed my 2007-2011 Nissan Versa outside door handle and the key lock trim that also fell off.
This is an inherent design flaw so if you pay $250.00 to get it so called fixed ,it will fall off again. If you buy new parts and put them on it will fall off again. The reason the trim around the key lock fell off was because the door handle was becoming loose. My door handle was loose enough to break off the key lock trim, the key lock trim helps to keep the door handle in place, so when the key lock trim fell off ,the door handle fell off in my hand a week later.
The problem is that the door handle just clips into place. Yes, that is right, the door handle is a clip on part ,so after 2 or 3 years or less of use ,it becomes loose enough to fall off.
It won’t stay on any more so new parts are not the answer.
You can permanently fix it for less then $2.00 your self.
I simply drilled a 1/8” hole through the door handle and the part that it clips into. I then pushed in a 1/8” stainless steel cotter pin in and the door handle will never fall off again.
This is how I permanently fixed the 2007 Nissan Versa outside door handle and the key lock trim that also fell off.
Anyone can replace parts. Why put out all that time and money for a part that is just going to fall off again?
I say fix it better than it was when it was new.
This is how I fixed the driver’s outside door handle to my 2007 Nissan Versa that fell off in my hand when I went to open it.
(1) Open the door with the window up and take off parts 1, 2 and 3 (gasket). These parts may be off already.
Part 2 will be hard to take off unless you first take off the cap and loosen the Torx screw T25 all the way, shown at PIX 10.
(2) Pry up parts 4, 5 and 6 with a screwdriver with a cloth around the tip of the screwdriver (to prevent scratching) and pull off parts 4, 5 and 6. Then take out the 2 bolts (shown on Pix 9) that were under part 6 so that the inner door panel can be taken out put in a safe place.
(3) After taking off the cap at site 10 and you have loosened the Torx screw T25 all the way and have not take it out. You don't need to remove the screw, just loosen all the way (it won’t fall out it is held in place with a clip). This is so that you can then move the lock assembly inside and around without having to disconnect the door linkage or the wires connected to the door lock, so that part 13 can be worked on.
Push the loosened door lock into the inside of the door.
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(4) Pull off parts 4, 5 and 6. Unplug part 6 (figure 8).
(5) Locate the 2 bolts that are holding in the door panel at (figure 7) and remove them. Now you can remove the door panel and put in a safe place.
(6) Pull back # 12 and pull out part 13 enough to drill a 1/8” hole all the way through part 13.
(7) Slip part 2 all the way into part 13 until you hear it snap into place.
(8) Make sure that the hole you will drill into part 13 lines up with with the Preexisting hole in part 2 exactly . Extremely Important to do this very precisely Use a 1/8“ Drill bit.
Then Drill all the way through part 13 and part 2, If you are precise the hole that you drill will not remove any material from part 2, The drill bit will pass through the Preexisting hole in part 2.
(9) Take part 2 out of part 13.
(10) Place part 13 back in place, push it into the 2 holes on the inside of the door and slide part 13 toward the door lock. Place part 3 back on to the outside of the door after pulling the door lock back on to the outside of the
(11) Snap back on part 3 and then part 2 back into the front of the door.
(12) Put the gaskets on first, Then slip part 2 back into part 13 until you hear it snap back into place. Then slide the 1/8” stainless steel bolt or cotter pin in from the top of part 13. Push it down through part 13 and part 2 until it is all the way through both parts. Screw on a 1/8” SS lock nut just snug or if you put in an 1/8” stainless steel cotter pin, bend up the 2 ends as high as possible making sure that they are parallel to the window.
(13) Line up the door lock that you pulled back to the outside of the door so that the Torx head screw, screws back into place at site. 10. Screw back The 3 Torx head T25 screws back in at site #11.
(14) Mask off the area around part 1 and I used fiberglass putty to put part 1 back on.
It would be better to put part 1 back on with epoxy putty. Make sure that part one does not rub against part two.
(15) Reverse the process to put the door liner and parts 4,5 and 6 back into place.
And that's it. You can do it all in one hour if you do not loose any thing.