We all like to keep our cars as clean as possible. That’s why it can be so off-putting for the average BMW owner to discover that their interior door handles, especially those on the passenger side, have become sticky and mushy over time.
This is a relatively common occurrence in certain BMW models, but luckily, there are some things you can do to help prevent this from happening. If it does happen to your car, fixing the problem or replacing the handle is a pretty simple procedure for an experienced BMW mechanic.
Unfortunately, the type of plastic that BMW used for their door handles means that they are particularly susceptible to corrosion. You probably won’t notice it at first, but over time, you may notice that the handles are beginning to develop a sticky residue that gets all over your hands and can be a huge pain to clean off. Luckily, there are a few ways you can attempt to prevent this from happening, or at least slow down the process. To understand those ways, though, you first need to understand what causes the corrosion to happen in the first place.
There are a number of reasons why your BMW’s door handles may appear corroded, but a few possible ones include heat and breakdown corrosion. One possible reason for corrosion is the chemicals that you use to clean your car with. Depending on what kind you use, it could be harsh on the plastic and begin to eat away at the material.
Of course, we are not saying that you should stop cleaning your car. Maintaining a clean car interior not only makes your car look better, it can also contribute to your personal wellbeing, as being in a clean and tidy environment tends to calm us down and make us more confident. Instead, try to find a different cleaning solution, one that is gentler and perhaps made from natural materials rather than harsh chemicals created in a lab.
As for heat, the only true solution is to try to keep the car out of hot spaces. If you can, park your car in a garage out of the elements and avoid leaving your car out in a hot outdoor parking lot for long periods of time. Trees and shade can bring the interior temperature of your cabin down considerably as opposed to parking in direct sunlight for a full workday.
If your BMW’s door handles are already corroded and you want to get them fixed, there are two main ways to go about doing that. The first, and probably least time-consuming and expensive, is to simply get them wrapped in some sort of cover. A BMW mechanic might be able to do this for you if you like.
If you go this route, you can get a little creative and find a door handle cover with a fun design or a cool color, and once it’s on, it’ll be like those pesky melting door handles were never there to begin with.
Another option, one that might take a little more time and requires a more specialized knowledge of BMWs, is to get the door handle replaced. Because of the way BMW has designed their parts, this requires the entire door panel to be taken off in order to replace just the handle, so it’s best to leave the procedure up to a trained professional.
Whether you’re having trouble with a sticky door handle or you just need a routine maintenance check-up, Ultimate Bimmer service is the place to go for customers in or near Carrolton and Dallas, Texas. Our ASE-certified mechanics have decades of experience repairing and maintaining BMWs, and it’s the only brand we specialize in.
Because of this specialization, you can rest assured that we know the BMW brand inside and out. This knowledge allows us to provide you with the best service possible for your vehicle and for you. If you’re interested in learning more about us and what we can do to help you, please feel free to give us a call or visit us in person to ask any questions you may have or schedule an appointment.