Certain car parts don’t fare well in extreme conditions, particularly when the conditions last for more than three months. If you live in a location that gets six straight months of summer and own a BMW 3 Series F30, you might be experiencing a sticky inner door handle.
This issue, somewhat common with BMW’s around this year, is due to hot summer temperatures and flawed materials from the factory.
BMW F30 3 Series Door Handle Replacement Options:
Carbon Fiber Inner Door Pull Handle
Matte Black Inner Door Handle
Carbon Fiber Door Handle Cover
Replacing the melting sticky handles is one thing, but how do you make sure the same issue won’t be present once the heat strikes again? Well, with the factory-made F30 door handles you’ll face the same problem every time, unless you park your car inside a well-ventilated garage.
Since there is no fix for the melted rubber, removing the heat-damaged inner door handle and replacing it with a new one is unavoidable. We‘ll take a look at door handle replacement alternatives that won’t get sticky in the heat, we’ll touch upon the handle/vehicle compatibility, the installation process, and answer a few key questions.
1. Carbon Fiber ABS Inner Door Handle Replacement
- Carbon fiber ABS build
- Melting door handle fix
- ABS material won’t melt under sustained high temperatures like factory materials
If you currently have the sticky door handle mess in your 3 Series or 4 Series and not only want to fix the issue permanently but also give the interior a personal touch, replacing the factory inner door handle with an aftermarket carbon fiber part will do exactly that.
If you’re into the carbon fiber look but don’t want to come off as too “in your face,” the carbon fiber ABS handles are perfect for your BMW F30 and F32. They are very easy to install. There’s no need to worry about the connectors – they will fit the vehicle perfectly, so no cutting or splicing is necessary. This product works just as well as the replacement for the F30’s factory inner handle, without the
2. Matte Black Door Pull Handle Replacement
- Matte Black texture
- ABS ensures a long-life for this door handle
- Fixes the sticky door handle
If a sleek appearance is something that strikes your fancy, you won’t find too many options like these matte black ABS handles for the BMW F30. But the coolest thing about this product is that it boasts an almost identical appearance to the default model. The only difference being, of course, that this is not a material that melts in hot cabins.
So, if you don’t want to go overboard with F30 inside door handles’ appearance but still want to avoid stickiness, this matte black model will do the trick.
3. Jaronx Carbon Fiber ABS Cover
- Door handle cover for matching carbon-fiber texture
- Best when installed along carbon fiber inner door handles
- Compatible with both 3 Series and 4 Series
The material on the cover side of the standard door handle (the outer part) on F30 models won’t melt when the cabin gets hot. However, the plastic from the melt-prone inner handle will leave the default cover all sticky and scratched. You could wipe things clean using alcohol, but it won’t bring the outer cover back to its original shine. The carbon fiber ABS cover from Jaronx is a perfect easy-to-clean replacement.
These three options (although one of them is an outer door handle cover) are fantastic for BMW F30 vehicles. However, they may not be a perfect fit for all models. The three products listed here are a match for the BMW F30 3 Series and F32 4 Series models:
- 2012 – 2018 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30)
- 2014 – 2018 BMW 4 Series (F32)
1. How do you fix the sticky door handle on a BMW F30 3 Series?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to fix the sticky door handle issue on BMW F30 vehicles. Once the material starts melting, it stays sticky for good. You could cover the sticky part up with a cloth or Velcro, but this isn’t exactly a “fix.” There is no way of stopping the melting issue in hot climates either, due to the part’s design issue.
Expect to have to perform a full inner handle replacement to solve the problem completely. As easy as the replacement process is, however, you won’t be able to perform it with your bare hands.
You’re going to need a few tools to adequately replace the sticky door handle without damaging or scratching the car’s cabin or inner door. This means that using the regular tools, such as your average screwdriver and pliers, is out of the question. The safest way to go is ordering a plastic auto trim and modeling toolset that is specifically designed to not scratch any part of your vehicle. Again, do not use any metal tools.
2. How to replace the inner door handles on a BMW F30?
Start by removing the outer part of the handle to get access to the inner part (or to replace the outer part). Once the outer part is off, remove the two bolts that hold the handle in place using a screwdriver. Now you can go ahead and remove the entire door panel. Disconnect the cables and wires by hand so that you have better access for the inner handle replacement.
Using a drill, remove the plastic rivets from the inner part of the door panel. Then, replace the old inner handle with the new one. You don’t have to make the rivets again; use the two screws that you’ve unscrewed earlier – they’re more than capable of keeping everything in place.
Finally, reinstall the door panel by backtracking through every step mentioned here.
F30 Sticky Door Handle Fix DIY:
Bear in mind that you aren’t advised to proceed on your own unless you know what you’re doing and/or are confident you won’t cause any damage to the vehicle. Contacting a professional is always recommended. Keep in mind that the process involves using plastic tools that you may not have, as well as removing the entire door panel and the rivets. If this sounds too challenging, refer the job to a professional.
Follow the instructions or the video linked above and take care every step of the way to avoid scratching interior panels – you don’t want to have to replace the entire F30 door panel or, even worse, the entire door.