Jeep Door Handle Buyer's Guide

Do you have a malfunctioning door handle on your Jeep? If you’re not sure what to do about it, this guide is for you. We’ll help you figure out the best way to navigate this issue.

1. Should I Repair or Replace My Door Handle?

The first decision you have to make is whether to repair or replace the broken door handle. Which solution is the best one, though? It depends on several factors, including:

  • Which component(s) is broken
  • How difficult it would be to take apart the assembly and replace the broken component(s)
  • How difficult it would be to find the replacement component(s)
  • How long it would take to diagnose the issue and then replace the component(s)

Sometimes it’s just easier to replace the entire assembly. This guide will help you weigh all the factors before deciding on the best way to address your broken door handle.

2. Should I Buy an OEM or Aftermarket Replacement Door Handle?

It’s common to wonder if an aftermarket door handle is even worth the investment. If you ask us, aftermarket door handles are certainly not worth the investment (even though they’re pretty cheap upfront). It’s because aftermarket door handles:

  • Usually have a universal internal mechanism, meaning they might not function in your Jeep just right.
  • Are commonly built with low-quality materials.
  • Usually don’t come with a warranty.

OEM door handles deliver a lot more value than aftermarket handles because of the reasons outlined in this article: 4 Reasons to Get an OEM Mopar Replacement Door Handle

3. How Do I Replace a Door Handle on My Jeep?

Before bringing your Jeep to a shop, consider the possibility of replacing the door handle yourself. It’s somewhat easy with the right tools and a comprehensive tutorial.

There are many model-specific door handle replacement tutorials available online. For example, we put together this step-by-step guide for replacing a broken exterior door handle on a Jeep TJ.

We hope this guide has helped you gain a better understanding of door handles and how to replace one. Of course, you’re welcome to contact us with any questions you may have.