My drivers side was cracked and about a dime sized portion where the screw is was completely broken off. After dissasembly I found that one side where the pin sits had broken off as well. I Crazy Glued everything back in place and then used JB Weld Kwik Plastic putty to reform the pin retainer and then worked it all around the recessed edge of the cup as well as almost all of the back of the cup for reinforcement. I was a little pressed for time and had to put the door back together before the full 2-3 hour cure time of the JB so I left the spring off as I didn't want to put any more pressure on the "new" pin retainer than I had to (and the handle was perfectly functional before the repair with no spring pressure). A day later and the handle is performing fine so far and there does not seem to be any need to reinstall the spring, the latch itself seems to pull the handle back to its' normal position just fine. I previously used the JB product to patch back together the rear hatch latch handle assembly and one of the park assist sensors which had broken off from the inside of the bumper and both fixes have held up so far (1 week). It's an unbelievable easy product to use.
I don't think the spring is needed. When I took the door
panel off, my spring wasn't install correctly, and worked
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