'90 Ls400 Door Handle
Posted 07 July 2003 - 07:29 PM
Anyone out there know which cars might have handles that would work?
Posted 07 July 2003 - 10:08 PM
you could probably get one down at autoparts.com or try a salvage yard.
Posted 07 July 2003 - 10:42 PM
i had checked a few years ago for a chrome cap and they are a different shape
Posted 08 July 2003 - 01:04 AM
Posted 08 July 2003 - 06:56 AM
Posted 08 July 2003 - 12:41 PM
I have never had an old car that didn't have a driver's side door handle bust. It is a very heavily used part of the car, almost always made of plastic or white metal.
I have found several handles, but none white, so I will keep trying, I had hoped that the handle might be shared with another car, so I could open up my search parameters.
Posted 08 July 2003 - 05:56 PM
I had all the handles replaced several years ago by a Lexus dealer on my 90 LS, long after my original warrenty had expired, and it was as if Toyota had recognized a problem and was almost giving them away -- quite inexpensive.
Posted 10 July 2003 - 11:41 AM
Yeah, that's a good idea. Not many people ride in the back of my car. It's usually 1 passenger in the front. Is it easy taking these handles off and putting them back on?
Luckily, the handles on my 90 400 are fine, I haven't noticed any sticking. Here is a suggestion, I looked at mine and other than the lock, the front and back door handles are the same. Perhaps you could switch out the handle mechanism until you locate one. Most people don't carry many people around in the back anyway. Just a thought. Denny
Posted 15 July 2003 - 08:57 PM
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Posted 06 August 2003 - 09:46 PM
Posted 08 August 2003 - 11:41 AM
Dude, $185? That is expensive.
I just purchased a 91 LS400 (love it). Well maintained car but a few small problems. One is the right door lock will lock with the remote and the door switch but will not unlock. I have not solved that problem yet. The other was the Driver Door handle (same problem as yours). If you look up into the handle as you open the door you will see that the metal has broken away on both sides which is causing it to scrub on the door. I knew I would not be happy with a handle from a junkyard and the color match would not be correct. So I ordered a new handle from my Local Lexus dealer over the phone and it arrived at me door about a week later via UPS. Perfect color match and I am going to have it installed by a local store that installs and repairs keyless enty systems. The handle cost me with shipping around $ 185.00. I suspect I will pay $ 50.00 for the install. I will let you know.
Posted 03 September 2003 - 09:10 PM
Crossing fingers. JB Weld has fixed many a thing, but I'm not sure about this one.
Posted 04 September 2003 - 06:36 PM
Posted 05 September 2003 - 12:22 AM
I spent about an 1 1/2 - 2 hours doing the whole job (with 20+ hours of epoxy curing time in the middle), but I could take at least a half hour off that now that I know what I'm doing!
Putting the door panel back on was a little tricky...it helps to have another person support the panel while you orient it to the pins/holes.
Here's what the handle looks like with the JB Weld on it (Yeah, I really laid it on there)
and here's what the door looks like with the panel off.
Anyway, looks like I saved myself the cost of a new handle and and hour or two of mechanic labor...good deal!