This same thing happened to me with my 87 Prelude, and it pisses me the off. A lot. If you open up the door and look at the locking device, you'll see that it consists of a 2" plastic cylinder that has the lock/red (unlocked) sticker on it, as well as the little tab you use to lock and unlock the door. That plastic piece is connected to a metal rod that extends across the door to the actual lock on the side. I don't know what the hell they were thinking when they designed it, but essesntially they made it so that the plastic torques when you turn the thing and pushes the metal rod so that it the door locks. Chances are, the plastic cylinder broke right in half, so it's essentially useless. The only thing you can really do is attempt to glue the pieces back together so that it'll be in its original form. I used epoxy, and it worked for like two days, but because the break wasn't too clean, it couldn't hold together when you torqued on it to lock the door. Complete crap. Good luck fixing yours, though.
Need to know if it is an inside or outside door handle.
You can replace the inside drivers door handle by removing the door panel. With the door panel removed the door handle mechanism will be visible. Remove the linkage from the door handle. Remove the door handle retaining bolts. Reverse the process to install the new door handle.
The handle bezel pops out then you can see how it unbolts.
yes remove door panel drill rivets replace with new door handel from gm dealership
Because the outside handle has lost it's connection with the locking mechanism.
first open door or if its already open, pull inside door handle while prying up on the actual locking mechanism it should move up into where it should br
there are two 10mm bolts, one on the outside rim of the door next to handle; the other is on the inside. to get to inside one you have to remove door panel and the inside door panel. There are several bolts there as well. The door handle bolt is kind of hidden but its behind the window rail remove it and the linkage clips after pulling the handle out of the door. it maybe easier to replace the door locking clip after reinserting handle back into door. And while your in there it is a good idea to lube everything with a dry lithium grease so dirt and crude don't build up on them as much and everything runs smooth. Good luck.
there are screws in the door, and holding the handle on. You can get to the ones holding on the handle by pulling off the covers on each side of the door handle inside.
The drivers door panel has 12 retaining clips. Pry outward on each clip, one at a time. Remove the inside door handle retaining screws.
Remove the inside door panel from your 1996 Dodge Avenger. Remove the door handle linkage. Remove the door handle retaining bolts. Reverse the process to install your new door handle.
On the inside depending of the age of the door. Some you have to take the inside handle off, and the tumbler is held on with 2 bolts. Some with a solid locking bar have the inside latch above the lock bar. This has 2 or 4 screws holding it on depending of model. Under this should be a small plate with 2 bolts holding the lock in. If the lock tumbler is in the handle the whole handle is changed.