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914 Outer Door Handle Replacement

Pelican Technical Article:

914 Outer Door Handle Replacement


2 hours2 hrs






Long 4.5mm hex key, flatblade screwdriver, metric socket and metric wrench set, plastic trim pry tools

Applicable Models:

Porsche 914 (1970-76)

Parts Required:

Outer door handles left and right

Performance Gain:

Doors that will open and close

Complementary Modification:

Replace the inner door handles

One of the worst constructed parts of the 914 appears to be the outside door handles. The inside ones are not that much better, but are slightly stronger. The outside door handles are manufactured out of a pot-metal material that has a tendency to fatigue and break over the years. Replacement door handles are one of the most popular parts that we sell here at Pelican Parts.

There are actually three major points of failure on the door handles. The small flapper handle part of the door handle has a tendency to crack and break off, as shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2. Additionally, the other section which mounts to the door has a tendency to have its small, weak tab break off as shown in Figure 3. The third point of failure is the door latch cam, which is made of plastic, and often breaks after many years of use.   This is shown broken in Figure 4.

Replacing and/or repairing your door handle is not a difficult process. The first step is to remove the door panel from the car. For more information on removing the door panel, please check out the Pelican Technical Article, Replacing & Repairing the 914 Door Stay.

Once you have the door panel removed, then you can remove the broken door handle from the door. There is one hex-nut bolt that is attached to the inside of the door. Using a long 4.5mm hex key, remove this bolt and place it in a safe location. This bolt is shown in Figure 5.  Make sure that you don't drop it down into the door, as it is sometimes difficult to recover nuts and bolts from the inside-bottom of the door.

After you remove the bolt on the inside, remove the nut that holds the other end of the door handle on the outside of the door. This nut is shown in Figure 6.After the nut is removed, you can remove the door handle from the door. It doesn't connect to any mechanisms inside the door (it pushes on rods) so it should simply pull out. Be careful not to lose the two small seals that fit the door handle to the door. One seal is a C-shaped one that fits the outside of the door handle to the door skin, and the other is a square seal that mounts right near the nut that you took off to remove the door handle. (Figure 7)

Once you have the door handle apart, it should be obvious what the problem is. The mounting tab on the door handle may have broken off, as shown inFigure 3 or, the arms on the pull flapper may have broken off, as shown in Figure 1 or Figure 2. Very often it is a combination of more than one problem. If any of the metal is broken on the door handle, then it needs to be replaced. If you have several older door handles, you can sometimes mix and match parts to fix a broken door handle, but usually it is much simpler to replace it with another one.

If the plastic door latch piece is broken, then you can replace it yourself. The old broken one should simply slide out. Putting the new one in requires some patience, and also some tweaking of the plastic as you install it, but it should fit right in there.

If you want to rekey the lock on your door, now would be a good time to do it. For more information, please check out the Pelican Technical Article, "Rekeying Porsche Door Locks."   If you are replacing your door handle, you will want to swap out tumblers so that you can use the same key with your new door handle.  The procedure for doing this is shown in the Rekeying Article.

The installation of the door handle is very straightforward.  In typical Haynes manual terms, the installation is simply the reverse of removal.  Bolt in the new door handle (don't forget the seals), and then your door should be working fine.  It's really a simple job.  The door handles are specific to left and right, but if you place a left side one on the right side, you will really need to look at it closely to tell the difference.  Passenger side door handles are usually more common since they don't get as much use and abuse.

Well, there you have it.  If you need a good used door handle, Pelican Parts tries to keep an ample stock of these around.  If you need one for your car, please give us a call at 1-888-280-7799, or drop us some email.  Remember that your repeated support as a valued customer of Pelican Part is necessary in order to keep this website alive and growing.  Thanks for your support!

Figure 1

Cracked Flapper Arm

Figure 2

911SC Front Strut

Figure 3

Broken Mounting Flap

Figure 4

Broken Door Latch Cam

Figure 5

Hex Bolt Inside of Door

Figure 6

Nut on Outside of Door

Comments and Suggestions:
B. Bare Comments: I have 2 handles, each with a broken metal piece. I've used a Dremel to cut the pin off of each handle and want to put the 2 good pieces back together. Question is, what do I use for the pin?
July 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try a roll pin. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Randy Comments: Hi Guys ... for my 1970 Porsche 914-6, I've lost the ignition key and I want to find key codes. Can I find the ignition codes from the door handle or the trunk lock. I'm fearful of removing the steering wheel to go the ignition lock and dash mount for fear of breaking a part that may be irreplaceable. I live way out in the mountains and can't get someone to come out here. Please advise. Thank You.

Randy Resch
Alpine, CA.
December 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe your VIN will help, give Porsche a call. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vince Harrington Comments: We need a rt. outer door handle for a 75 914. Got a good used one?
Thank you,
August 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Used, maybe. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
WillieO Comments: I have the same problem as daveporshe1...I tried to open the drivers door today and the key moves the lock to the open position but when I try to open the door won't open. The same problem with the passenger's door. I had a locksmith try and open it today and he couldn't get it open. I don't want to break a window either and don't know that if I did and reached in..if either door will open. I need help badly!
July 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I realy can't think of a way to open the door when both handles are broken, If it was one, you could remove the arm rest and door trim and access the latch. Not sure what to do about two.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question. - Nick at Pelican Parts
davesporsche1 Comments: Neither of the door handles work on my 914-4. The windows are up and the doors are closed. How can I easily get one of the doors open so that I can repair the door handles? I don't want to break out a window. Any help is greatly appreciated
July 17, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I realy can't think of a way to open the door when both handles are broken, If it was one, you could remove the arm rest and door trim and access the latch. Not sure what to do about two.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
chop Comments: thanks Wayne,, I got the starter figured out today. It was a wiring issue!!! I got the engine to turn over and turn over at a high rate of speed but when it would't fire up i knew i had another problem. So i figured i wasn't getting any fuel,so i checked the lead to the fuel pump and got nothing so i wired it straight to the battery and it started to pump. and when it did not fire up then and checked to see if i had spark. There is none!! So my question to you is...Is the wiring to the fuel pump and the wiring to the coil the same wiring? And is there a wiring fix to make the pump and coil come back to life? Thanks Wayne for the starter insite..
November 26, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It depends upon which fuel injection system you're using. I believe that on some of the cars (like the 1.8), the fuel pump only clicks on when the air flow sensor is powered on. This was / is a safety issue that shuts the pump off if the engine is not running. Sounds like you have some electrical issues that just need some time spent sorting them out. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
chop Comments: hello pelican, i bought a 1975 porsche 914 for the engine. i drove the car to my house and then drove it around for a week so i would know that everything was working fine. The car ran like it should. I have a 1973 porsche 914 that i put the engine into. i took my time and hooked everything up like it is supposed to be. but, when i turned the key on to start it the starter just clicks.. it does not turn the engine over, it just clicks. What could this be? It worked fine in the other car. Its got me stumped!!!!
November 25, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First, check to make sure that you can turn the engine over by hand. Then, try applying 12V directly to the starter to see if it's a wiring issue. If the engine can turn over when you're bypassing the switch, then there's something amiss in the wiring. Also, of course, check the condition of the battery, you may have accidentally drained it when working on the car. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Barbara Comments: So taking it apart is my first attempt. Then I will call you with the results. Thanks Wayne This is my 1975 White 914
August 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
A. Buller Comments: What is my problem? Don't answer that, I mean with my door handle problem is on the outside it won't open the door. IS IT THE HANDLE ASSEMBLY OR THE whole thing? Thanks for the future help.
August 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are four common points of failure for the 914 door handles. They can break at a small mounting tab inside. The tabs on the moving part of the handle can also break. The hole for the screw can round out, and the plastic cam/guide can break too. You need to remove the door handle and take a look at it to see what needs to be replaced. We sell complete handles, and all of the repair parts too. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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