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On Sun, 1 Oct 1995, Benjamin E. Rush wrote:

> I own a 1986 Quattro 4000 s, (four door model).  Recently, the back left 
> door handle broke.  The trigger inside the handle broke.  I was wondering 
> where I could get the part, how expensive, and it I can repair it myself. 

Welcome to Audi-land.  It's a love-hate thing.
The door handles *will* break.  Unfortunately it's a part of life.

I have replaced 3 door handles on my 4000 in the past 3 years, most of 
them from a junkyard.  Junkyard handles are usually pretty cheap.

The rear handles are about a 5 minute job.  

1. Take a thin, flat screwdriver (or knife) and pry off the little 
aluminum face plate that runs along the out side of the handle.
(where you grab it)

2.  There should be a phillips screw under the cover at the rear.  Remove it.

3.  Open the door, and inside the door jam, right near the handle, should 
be a little rubber plug.  Remove it, if it hasn't been lost already.  
Under that little black plug is another phillips screw.  Using a magnetic 
screwdriver, *carefully* remove it.  If you're not careful, it will fall 
into the door panel, never to be seen again.  Believe me, I've done it.

4.  Remove the handle.

5.  Put some good grease on the pivots of your "new" handle, and reassemble.

6.  Wait for it to break again, and repeat. 

Robert Phillips
The University of Akron Sociology Department-------Akron, Ohio
1987 Audi 4000S, 1.8L 4-cyl, FWD-----SOLO II D-Street Prepared