You can open a car door with a broken handle from the outside by using the inside handle. Use a screwdriver to remove the plastic cover on the inside of your car door. Then, use a second screwdriver to remove the panel. You should see two latches on either side of the door frame.
Push them in simultaneously, and then pull outward on the door handle. If that doesn’t work, you may need to get someone else to help you push that same latch while you pull on the handle.
Replace the handle
If the handle on your car door is broken, you may be wondering how to open it from the outside. Luckily, this isn’t as hard as it sounds.
- A new door handle.
- A Phillips screwdriver.
- A flathead screwdriver or wrench.
Replace the lock
If the handle on your car door is broken, you can still open the door from the outside by replacing the lock. You can find replacement locks at any hardware store and they are easy to install. Open your car door, remove the door panel, and then remove all of the screws from around the door handle.
Remove the old lock from inside the door by pulling it out with pliers or a flathead screwdriver. Put in your new lock by matching up its grooves with those on your door frame and pushing it into place until it clicks into place. Reinstall all of your screws into their original places and replace your door panel before driving away in style.
Replace the door panel
If you have a broken handle, it is time to replace the door panel. This is a relatively easy process that can be done in about an hour by someone with basic mechanical skills. The first thing you will need to do is remove the door panel from your car.
Remove the screws that hold the panel in place using a Phillips screwdriver. The number of screws will vary depending on your model of car and make sure not to lose them.
Carefully pull out the panel from its location and set it aside so that you can access the inside of your car’s door frame. You may need to use a flathead screwdriver or other tool to remove any clips holding it in place.
Now, look inside your car’s door frame where you just pulled out the door panel. There should be a plastic clip holding each side of the window into place. Use your flathead screwdriver or another tool to pry off these clips by inserting it underneath them and lifting up gently until they come loose; then set them aside so.
Find the latch
Look at your door and find where the latch is. The latch is usually a piece of metal sticking out from the door and into the door frame, but it can also be a hole or a groove in the door itself.
Reach through the window and pull on the latch.
If you have already opened your car door from the inside, this step should be easy for you! Just reach through the window and pull on whatever you found in step 1. If you haven’t opened your car door yet, this may take some more effort just keep pulling until something happens. Try again later you might just need an extra push.
You now know how to open a car door with a broken handle from the outside. You can use this information to make sure you’re never locked out of your car again.