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Car and Truck Exterior Door Handles for Chevrolet Lumina

Exterior handles are an important part of any car or truck door. The handles interact with the doors themselves and provide the means to not only open the door on your Chevy Lumina, but close and lock it as well. If you need a new door handle for your car, familiarizing yourself with the many types of handles available to you, as well as possible accessories, can help you make the right choice.

What car and truck door handles are available?

All handles on car doors perform the same basic function with regard to opening and closing the door securely. However, you can purchase these handles in a variety of sizes, shapes, configurations, and materials. Knowing some of the most common types of door handles for cars and trucks can give you an idea of what options might suit your Lumina. Many exterior door handles are compatible with several car model years. The different types of door handles include the following:

  • Pull-outs function by disengaging the door lock as you pull them toward yourself at an angle and away from the body of the car.
  • Pull-ups function similarly, but you pull them in an upward motion away from both yourself and the car door.
  • Squeeze handles consist of an exterior shell with the opening and closing mechanism concealed underneath. In this case, you reach under the shell and press the mechanism that opens your door, but the handle part does not move.

Although the above handles are some of the most common, there are specialized variations you may wish to install on your Chevrolet Luminas doors, such as sleek or flap designs.

How do you install a car door handle?

Because the exterior doors see use whenever you get into your Chevrolet vehicle, they can occasionally become loose or fall off completely. In other cases, your current one may be permanently stuck and in need of replacement. If you have purchased new exterior handles and need to install them, you can follow these steps as a guide.

  1. Locate the fasteners for the door. In most cases, you can find the fastener you need around the doorjamb, near where the original one was situated. You may wish to apply some painters tape to the frame before you begin, to avoid potential scratches.
  2. If you want to switch your current lock cylinder, you should do so now before installing the new part. Place the key in the lock and draw out the cylinder, then place the whole apparatus in your new part.
  3. Slide the small end of the new device into the slot and begin to insert the large end.
  4. You should reconnect any electrical links you may need and finish the installation process.
  5. Reattach and tighten the fastener, then test the opening and closing action of the exterior door.