The 3 Most Common VW Door Handle Problems

No one likes when their car door handle stops working. If you're a Volkswagen owner, you might want to be aware of the most common door handle problems on VW vehicles. 


Whether you're currently experiencing door handle problems on your VW or you just want to prepare yourself for the future, this article is for you. Here are the 3 most common problems VW owners have with their door handles:

1. Door Lock Cylinder Slipping Out of the Handle

The lock cylinder on some Volkswagen models is pretty faulty. A few VW owners have had their car key get stuck in the lock cylinder. A more common problem is the lock cylinder slipping out with the key. Volkswagen never got to the bottom of this issue, but some people believe that it's caused by moisture entering the lock cylinder and degrading the little metal piece holding the lock cylinder in place.

2. Child Door Locks Disengaging

A number of Golf, Tiguan, and other VW owners had an alarming issue: their rear door locks would disengage and allow their children open the rear doors when the vehicle was moving. This is such a serious and widespread problem that Volkswagen issued a recall in 2016 to fix it. Volkswagen figured out the culprit: there was a problem with the molding during the manufacturing process. This caused the locking mechanism to be improperly manufactured. As a result, the vehicle's vibrations would cause the rear child door locks to disengage.

3. Door Not Staying Closed

Some owners of older Volkswagens and newer Volkswagens alike have had issues keeping their car door closed. A 2014 Jetta owner named Nick F. reported on CarComplaints.com that his car door swung open on a turn and hit another car. The issue is commonly described as intermittent. In other words, it happens randomly once in a while.

In addition to this issue, some car owners reported having had their car door bounce back open when they tried to close it. It's likely a latch issue. Most VW owners who have experienced this attribute the issue to one of the following issues:

  1. A faulty return spring that's not returning the mechanism to allow it to lock
  2. A stuck latch that needs some lubricating spray

Repairing or Replacing the Door Handle

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If you have a malfunctioning door handle, you can either repair it or replace it. This guide will help you explore each option and determine which one works best for you. If you've decided that you need to replace your door handle, you might be pleased to hear that we offer low prices for genuine OEM Volkswagen door handles. More specifically, our door handles are about 30% cheaper than the OEM ones you'd find at VW dealers. It can't get any better than that.