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Anyone know where I can find a replacement for the drivers side?
It seems a lot of us have had this problem. I went to get into my car and it completely broke off.
Now I have to get in on the passengers side :(

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Anyone know where I can find a replacement for the drivers side?
It seems a lot of us have had this problem. I went to get into my car and it completely broke off.
Now I have to get in on the passengers side :(

Edit: sorry for the lack of space bar in the title
You should check out Majestic Honda or HondaPartsNow for starts. Best of luck on your endeavors.
 

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The tear-down is pretty in-depth, since that handle is basically the first part to go in. Without checking the service manual I think you have to take the inner door skin out, then the door latch mechanism, then the door handle, but you may have to remove the window track.

I think @digiphux is the one that has links for the service manuals online?
 

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The tear-down is pretty in-depth, since that handle is basically the first part to go in. Without checking the service manual I think you have to take the inner door skin out, then the door latch mechanism, then the door handle, but you may have to remove the window track.

I think @digiphux is the one that has links for the service manuals online?
Believe this is what you are looking for yes?

2011-2012 Honda CR-Z SM
 

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When you do pull this apart.. can you please take lots of pictures? Would be interesting to make a DIY with pics. I can host them for you if you would like so that they stay up forever.

Be interesting to see WHICH parts cause the break. Its either the plastic handle on the outside, or the linkage piece between the plastic handle, and the 'door handle rod':

https://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/auto/jsp/mws/prddisplay.jsp?inputstate=5&catcgry1=CR-Z&catcgry2=2011&catcgry3=3DR+EX&catcgry4=6MT&catcgry5=DOOR+LOCKS+-+OUTER+HANDLE&vinsrch=yes

Notice how the kit (#15, #27) both come with either #16, or #28?

I think this 'joint' part is the problem. It may get weak over time and flex.. and then eventually you pull too hard and break the outer door handle piece!!

Be interesting to see what is causing this problem on the 2011's. Mine is also having this problem now that its heating up. It has been for a while, but I'm wondering if I pull mine apart and replace just this 'joint' piece if it will fix the problem, or if the outer door handle itself is starting to stretch and break because its also plastic?

Shot you a link to the FSM as well. Good luck, and take pics!!
 

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When you do pull this apart.. can you please take lots of pictures? Would be interesting to make a DIY with pics. I can host them for you if you would like so that they stay up forever.

Be interesting to see WHICH parts cause the break. Its either the plastic handle on the outside, or the linkage piece between the plastic handle, and the 'door handle rod':

https://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/auto/jsp/mws/prddisplay.jsp?inputstate=5&catcgry1=CR-Z&catcgry2=2011&catcgry3=3DR+EX&catcgry4=6MT&catcgry5=DOOR+LOCKS+-+OUTER+HANDLE&vinsrch=yes

Notice how the kit (#15, #27) both come with either #16, or #28?

I think this 'joint' part is the problem. It may get weak over time and flex.. and then eventually you pull too hard and break the outer door handle piece!!

Be interesting to see what is causing this problem on the 2011's. Mine is also having this problem now that its heating up. It has been for a while, but I'm wondering if I pull mine apart and replace just this 'joint' piece if it will fix the problem, or if the outer door handle itself is starting to stretch and break because its also plastic?

Shot you a link to the FSM as well. Good luck, and take pics!!
In other cars I've seen with this type of door handle, the break usually happens at the place where the paddle part of the door handle meets the hinge part, and the only way to correct it is to replace item 15/27 in the part sheet you linked to.

One thing you can do to increase the life of the door handle is to only use it to pop the latch; don't use it to pull open the door.
 

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I know that I have to park my car with the driver's side facing east at work, because if I park it west facing the driver's door will be too soft to open the door.
 

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The service manuals shouldn't have changed for the bodywork, as the cars haven't. Bumpers and electronics, mostly, some interior trim. I've not seen a newer manual come by, they must have them locked away for people who pay for them.
 

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I am willing to pay they simply do not exist on paper. Dealerships I presume have them electronically.
The service manuals shouldn't have changed for the bodywork, as the cars haven't. Bumpers and electronics, mostly, some interior trim. I've not seen a newer manual come by, they must have them locked away for people who pay for them.
 

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if anyone still have this issue. removing it was actually not that hard. I did a temporary fix on mine but looks like it might even be a permanent fix for me at least.

took me about 20 mins to remove the door panel and take the door handle off.
another 20 minutes to cut the piece of metal i needed and drill.
20 minutes to put everything back.
 

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Good idea. Hopefully that will last. We had a warm day last week, maybe mid 70s and I noticed my handle had to be pulled a little harder than normal to open the door. Looks like I might be borrowing your idea. KoolAid.
 

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if anyone still have this issue. removing it was actually not that hard. I did a temporary fix on mine but looks like it might even be a permanent fix for me at least.

took me about 20 mins to remove the door panel and take the door handle off.
another 20 minutes to cut the piece of metal i needed and drill.
20 minutes to put everything back.
This is late but could you explain more in depth how you performed the temporary fix? Did you cut a piece of metal to the shape of the broken part and reinforce it on both sides then install it back?
 

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mine snapped yesterday. I shut my door on the safty belt. I took photos. I am torn weather to buy one or try and mend the cheap ass plastic piece that I think dried out and broke as plastic does.

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I am light years from being an enginier.. I cant help but think there must be a better way then cheap plastic parts that fail and to most people its a $300.00 parts and labor problem over a dollar plastic part.

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This is a common problem in the 2011 to 2013 years. With that being said you have several options:
1) Have someone 3 D print one from one of the many files that have been mentioned on this web site in any number of materials.
2) Attempt to repair yours ( no one has been successful yet, maybe you will be first)
3 Purchase brand new from any of a number of Online Honda dealers
4) Purchase used from one of the members parting their car out
5) Purchase used from Used CRZ Parts | Honda | 2011-2016 | Redline Auto Parts

Please note this is a molded part that is molded in your car's color. Part number is different for different colors.



mine snapped yesterday. I shut my door on the safty belt. I took photos. I am torn weather to buy one or try and mend the cheap ass plastic piece that I think dried out and broke as plastic does.

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I am light years from being an enginier.. I cant help but think there must be a better way then cheap plastic parts that fail and to most people its a $300.00 parts and labor problem over a dollar plastic part.

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... I am torn weather to buy one or try and mend the cheap ass plastic piece that I think dried out and broke as plastic does. ...
I haven't had any problems with my door handles yet, but I found some great (but expensive) glue to repair the latch on my glovebox, which broke. So, try HG Power Glue--I had great results.

Here's the link for my fix on the glovebox, so you can get an idea of that poor design...
 

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I found some great (but expensive) glue to repair the latch on my glovebox, which broke. So, try HG Power Glue--I had great results.

Glue ? the amount of labor I have in just the removal will convince me no glue.

And Speedbump.. 1) I asked all my freinds to borrow their 3D printer and they all looked at me with a blank face. So, I called the director of engineering at a local place who would fabricate me one for about $550. 2) Repair..I joined this forum because in this thread Coolade man did repair one. 3) Purchase online. I chose this one. Paid $131.50.

4 and 5 I wont buy used if the handles already dont last the life of the car..it would be like buying tires half worn out..or installing used brake pads...
Thank you Speedbump for the suggestions regardless of my lack of ability to grasp the viability. steve
 

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I made the suggestions as a summary of all the solutions others have posted. There are a few on here who are working on 3 d printed ones and hope they will maybe offer to the community? It appears the issue is more affecting pre 2012 CR-Zs so maybe later ones are more durable? Used beats not having anything at all. My personal choice if The Speed Bump ever has this failure is to find the lowest cost new one in the CBP color or if that is not available whatever color is. I am very gentle on my door handles but if it is a design flaw I presume it will eventually affect my 2013. I am unhappy a major part which is used daily was made out of plastic with no metal in it. At least they are not pot metal but still.

I found some great (but expensive) glue to repair the latch on my glovebox, which broke. So, try HG Power Glue--I had great results.

Glue ? the amount of labor I have in just the removal will convince me no glue.

And Speedbump.. 1) I asked all my freinds to borrow their 3D printer and they all looked at me with a blank face. So, I called the director of engineering at a local place who would fabricate me one for about $550. 2) Repair..I joined this forum because in this thread Coolade man did repair one. 3) Purchase online. I chose this one. Paid $131.50.

4 and 5 I wont buy used if the handles already dont last the life of the car..it would be like buying tires half worn out..or installing used brake pads...
Thank you Speedbump for the suggestions regardless of my lack of ability to grasp the viability. steve
 
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