outside door handles on 2008 Buick Lucerne

pulled the driver side handle to open door. the whole handle and inter parts came out..pushed it back in but it won't stay..can close door, and it locks..have to hold the lock cover in place to open door..what happened??how to fix

by in Douglasville, GA on April 04, 2010
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ANSWER by , April 04, 2010
You need to remove the driver's inner door trim panel to gain axcess to replace the handle. Autozone have some popular workshop manuals for free on line once you register (for free) on their website http://bit.ly/autozone_repair_info .There is a company that independent auto repair shops "buy" their information from that offer a very reasonable service to do it yourselvers. You get a one year subscription to year make and model specific repair procedures, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... great quality information same as the professionals have ,much better than generic workshop manuals from parts stores, much cheaper than the factory manual. http://bit.ly/alldata_repair_manuals or try http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online and get an online repair manual subscription.
ANSWER by , April 28, 2010
Take your car back to the dealer it covered there was a recall but done on as need to replace. I had both of my front doors done at the dealer no cost to me.!! On 06 CXS just this year.
COMMENT by , June 26, 2014
Other answers said there was not a recall. Can you give me any details about the recall?
ANSWER by , September 14, 2010
The same thing happened to me today with 2007 Buick Lucerne. And, to a friend who also has a 07 Lucerne as well. Door handles are bad! Why is there not a recall notice.
COMMENT by , October 26, 2010
Mine just broke on my '06 Lucerne.... I just paid $50 for a new door handle to replace myself. Now I hear they would have done it for free?
COMMENT by , November 23, 2010
Not true, no GM recall for this.
ANSWER by , November 24, 2010
I too had my 2008 Lucerne's drivers side door handle completely pull out of the door today! I shoved it back in and now have it at the dealership getting it replaced as they had one on hand! (Now I see why) I hope this does not happen again with my other doors! I just picked up my car from the dealership. They had a invoice prepared for me to pay, but my car is still under the basic warranty ( 5/50) and after reading about the door handle problems here, after I said something about being covered under warranty, they did just that! I did not have to pay for a thing! I was a bit disappointed though that they would try to bill me first though.
COMMENT by , October 24, 2012
Don't count on that not happening again. I just replaced mine forthesecond time. First on warrantee secnd at 80000 and dealer would not warrantee. Go to a body shop - nt the dealer much cheaper.
ANSWER by , December 13, 2010
do not know! Same thing happened to me with a 2007 Lucerne.
COMMENT by , May 21, 2014
Same thing on a 2008 LaCrosse CX Drivers Door handle pulled out. Already Past the Warranty - Dealer wants $300 to Repair (Priced out just the handle - Dealers want anywhere from $75 up to $100 then double that for Labor to replace it.. Go to Advanced Auto or an Automotive Place -I purchased the same handle for $30 and now just have to take the panel off and repair it myself.
ANSWER by , May 11, 2011
Tried to check my 2007 Buick Lucerne door to make sure that it was locked and the driver side door handle pulled out. Fortunately, I called a Buick dealer service center and gave him the last 8 numbers of my vin and he said I was still covered under the 5/50 plan. Very disturbing that GM hasn't acknowledged a problem and issued a recall.
ANSWER by , May 15, 2011
The above situation happened to me. Please tell me how to fix it.
ANSWER by , July 26, 2012
06 Lucerne 26K miles owned by my 87 year old mother. Drivers door handle failed, dealer charged $192.00 for a new one installed. Yes they had the part in stock, Failure mode is two pressed together pin and socket assemblies with serrations that are supposed to grip the "die cast" and hold it "forever". This car has never spent a night outside or had to have any handle tugging due to ice issues.
COMMENT by , December 15, 2012
'08 Lucerne 15K miles owned by my 84 y/o mother. Same thing happened to me yesterday with the drivers' side door handle. I'm thinking about super gluing the pins to the 2 sockets. Your thoughts?
COMMENT by , December 15, 2012
Yeah probably worth a try with two part epoxy. IF you decide to do it report back? Mom quit driving and we sold her car, it was time.
COMMENT by , January 09, 2015
I would like to know why super glue or epoxy won't work it's stronger than the way they put it together.