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Re: Door Strikers

Ian J Haseltine wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Phil Payne <quk@isham-research.demon.co.uk>
> To: Robert.Houk@East.Sun.COM <Robert.Houk@East.Sun.COM>
> Cc: quattro@coimbra.ans.net <quattro@coimbra.ans.net>
> Date: 26 December 1997 21:19
> Subject: UR-Q daily drivers
> >
> >Question:  The little posts that the door locks clamp on to have mostly
> >           lost their little nylon collars.  The posts can be loosened
> >           to determine the exact fit of the door - can they be completely
> >           _UNSCREWED_ so that they can be replaced, or does the captive(?)
> >           nut within the B pillar fall down inside the pillar?
> >
> >From my not inconsiderable experience with other vehicles that use door
> strikers of the same design, the captive nut (actually a thick metal plate
> with a threaded hole) is held within a metal cage that is spot welded to the
> inside of the B pillar.
> BUT (very big but) usually there is evidence of the welds visible on the
> surface of the pillar near the striker - (sometimes they are easy to see,
> othertimes a powerful light shining across the surface will reveal them) and
> I have just taken a look at the driver's B pillar on my car and there's no
> sign of them. This, linked to our knowledge of Audi's masterpieces of design
> makes me suspect that the nut might just end up in the sill....
> I have just checked my Haynes from what it says I would think that the
> fitting is somewhat firmly captive as the phase "tap with a hammer" is used
> in the striker adjustment section. Bentley has some drawings of the striker
> removed and the female thread visible.
> To be sure, I would try removing the interior trim from the pillar, there is
> usually at least one hole behind the trim, there must be access to the boot
> release on the driver's side after all.
> The collars are knackered on my car too - can you get just the collar or do
> you really have to replace the whole thing? Maybe the collar could be slid
> over the striker and then shrunk in place? (Wishful thinking).
> Jim Haseltine
> 88 Ur quattro

I have replaced strikers in many Audi cars and captive nuts never come 
off. They allways stay in place. 
Mike Z