If you have a malfunctioning door handle on your Mazda, you might be wondering whether you should repair or replace it.
If the broken handle is causing a major inconvenience for you, it’s worth taking the time to pinpoint what’s kee
ping the door handle from working properly. Doing so will give you a better idea of whether you should replace the whole assembly or take it apart and fix or replace only the broken component(s).
What’s Wrong With Your Door Handle?
The first thing to ask is, “What’s wrong with the door handle?” The answer may give you a better insight into whether to repair or replace the door handle.
If the issue is obvious, then you might be able to fix it, depending on what is broken. For example, if there’s peeling paint on the handle, then it might be too much trouble to remove it, sand it down, and then repaint it. It’s a lot easier to just replace the door handle.
If you can’t figure out what’s causing the door handle to malfunction, you could always take apart the assembly and find the bad component(s). However, keep in mind that you may need specialized tools and knowledge in order to take apart the door handle assembly and identify the bad part(s). It's such a complicated job that most people just replace the assembly.
Finding Replacement Components
Even if you have the tools and expertise to be able to take apart the door handle assembly and identify the bad component(s), chances are you might not find the right replacement components. Mazda doesn't offer OEM door handle assembly components.
There may be some aftermarket components available. However, given how aftermarket parts are notorious for being low quality and unreliable, you might run into issues after putting aftermarket components inside your door handle assembly. You can find used OEM components, but you would need to visit a junkyard, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the part(s) you'll need. Also, junkyard parts can be surprisingly expensive. Most junkyards have a minimum part price of $50-$75. If you're concerned about saving time, replacing the entire assembly is the best thing to do.
Finding a Replacement Door Handle Assembly is Much Easier
When searching for an OEM door handle assembly, all you have to do is to find the right part number. You can do this in a matter of seconds on our website. You just have to look up your Mazda here to see all the door handle parts available for your car.
The Bottom Line
Even though it might be cheaper to repair the door handle assembly, it’s a pretty time-consuming project that’s difficult to execute. It’s a lot quicker and easier to replace the whole door handle assembly.