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VW Beetle Door Handle Replacement:

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Locking, unlocking and opening the door on your Beetle can be difficult if your door handles are broken. Fortunately replacing the door handle on a Beetle is a quick and simple task. Follow along with our tech as he shows you how easy it is.

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A Quick Guide to Replacing Your Beetle Door Handle


In this quick tip guide, we'll walk you through the straightforward process of swapping out your Beetle's door handle. All you'll need is a Phillips head screwdriver and a few minutes of your time.

Tools Needed:

- Phillips Screwdriver

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin, ensure you have a Phillips head screwdriver on hand. This will be the primary tool needed for the entire door handle replacement process.

Step 2: Locate the Screw

Pull back the door seal slightly to reveal the Phillips head screw located on the back hand side of the door handle. Take note of the notches around the screw as they will be essential for realignment during reassembly.

Step 3: Remove the Screw

Using your Phillips head screwdriver, loosen and remove the screw. This step will free up the existing door handle for easy removal.

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Step 4: Slide Out the Door Handle

With the screw removed, slide the door handle forward slightly. This action will allow you to pull out the back hand side of the door handle, detaching it from the door.

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Step 5: Prepare the New Door Handle

Take your new door handle and install it by ensuring the seal is pointy head forward. Carefully pull the lip around the chrome edge on the front of the door. Note that the rear end of the door handle has an irregular shape, with the more pointy end going towards the back.

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Step 6: Align and Insert

Place the new door handle over the top of the door, ensuring that the door handle itself is inside the beveled edge. To secure the handle, insert the hooked end first. Pull the door handle back slightly, holding it in place. A helpful tip is to use your hip to secure the door handle while you work.

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Step 7: Tighten the Screw

Head back to the door jam and tighten down the Phillips head screw. Ensure that the notches align correctly for a secure fit.

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Step 8:Reassemble the Door Seal

Tuck the door seal back into place, making sure it sits snugly. This step completes the installation of your new Beetle door handle.

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Replacing your Beetle door handle is a straightforward process that can instantly refresh the look of your vehicle. Armed with a Phillips head screwdriver and following these simple steps, you'll have your new door handle installed in no time.