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RE: Late night door locks
On Saturday, May 04, 1996 2:57 PM, quattro-owner wrote:
>> From: Brooks Ellis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Date: Sat, 04 May 1996 10:18:19 -0600
>> Subject: Late night door locks
>> Well, it's either late at night, or early in the morning; all
>> how you look at it. Anyway, I have had a question/problem that I have
>> meaning to get some input on, but have just been busy, and forgotten
>> it. ( so here we go ) [ oh, it's a 1990 100 Quattro ]
>> About a week or week and a half ago, by drivers side
>> device has stopped functioning. Meaning - the door will lock if you
>> down on the internal lock-post; and will unlock if you pull up on it.
>> you try to use the key to lock/unlock, the whole cylendar will just
>> around; and nothing will really happen...no lock, no unlock...:( just
>> blood pressure rising.
>> The door will also lock and unlock if you use the key in the
>> passenger side keyhole-lock-mechanism-thang. It seems that I have
>> this happening to some degree of regularity to owners of that general
>> automobile. I looked at another Audi a while ago ( a '90 V8 Q) that
>> same problem. The guy who was trying to sell it to me said that there
>> little piece of plastic in the door lock mechanism that connects to
>> keyhole; or something to that effect. He said that his shop quoted him
>> $100 to fix it.
>> So - _IS_ this a common mode of failure on this style car?
>> I do about it ( besides locking and unlocking my car from the
>> everytime )? Would this be a simple saturday mechanic in the garage
>> repair - or would it really be better to take the car to a shop
>> in such matters?
I wouldn't be surprised if this is fairly common. It happened on both my
1990 200 Turbo and my 1990 90Q2V. It cost me about $100 per car to repair
it at the dealer. I took the door on my 200 apart to see what was wrong
and if I could fix it. It turns out that it is *extremely* difficult to
get to the portion of the door in which the lock is located and that is
why I elected to let them do it.