[200q20v] close...but no cigar

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Wed Oct 11 11:46:42 EDT 2000

I was planning to "upgrade" my snapring tool today. I'll check for that
part number, but I reckon that any good brand ought to be of much better
quality than the $4.99 special I'm now using.

Glad to hear that removal _shouldn't_ be a problem, though.


At 10:34 AM -0400 10/11/00, Forhan, Thomas wrote:
>Do you have the snapring tool listed by part number on Chris' pages?
>With that, I was able to pull, install, pull, install, etc with ease as I
>every bonehead error possible on the reassembly.
>(This was on my '90 two years ago)
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Phil Rose [mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net]
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 10:29 AM
>> To: Forhan, Thomas
>> Cc: 200q20v list
>> Subject: [200q20v] close...but no cigar
>> At 12:47 PM -0400 10/10/2000, Forhan, Thomas wrote:
>> >I also had the drivers door lock fail awhile back, I  had
>> this happen on my
>> >old 1990 200 so I knew the moment the key went to the right without
>> >resistance what was going on.  I bought the fix kit and then
>> opened up the
>> >door on Saturday. Whoa-it already had the stamped steel arm,
>> instead of pot
>> >metal, but the little nylon clip that goes into the arm had
>> failed, allowing
>> >the rod to drop out. Local dealer b.o'd on the clip, so I
>> ordered one ($1.65
>> >-cheapest Audi fix yet) and meanwhile jury-rigged an
>> attachment with some
>> >stainless steel seizing wire.
>> I did my very first door dismantling yesterday. Yep,  I had
>> the classic,
>> broken lock-lever syndrome (driver's door), except in my case
>> it was the
>> real thing--no $1.65 reprieve such as Thomas got. Things seemed to go
>> pretty much according to the various instructions. I removed
>> the old parts,
>> dismantled the old lock cylinder and installed the tumblers,
>> etc in the new
>> one. I even got that damn circular spring reinstalled without too much
>> agony. So far, so good.
>> Next, I took care to align the matching half-teeth between the alarm
>> (timing) gear and the new lock lever gear. When all seemed to
>> be in proper
>> position, I fumbled for a while with my circlip pliers but I
>> finally had
>> the circlip (retainer) snap into place, and the job was done.
>> Well, or so
>> it seemed...
>> The problem is that although the key now works to lock/unlock
>> all doors, it
>> fails to activate the alarm system (i.e. no "beep"). This is because I
>> evidently failed to get the gear teeth into proper alignment.
>>  (BTW, the
>> passenger door lock will activate the alarm system properly,
>> so I know my
>> problem is definitely incorrect gear alignment in the
>> driver's lock. Ugh!)
>> I want to take things apart (again) to reposition the
>> alarm-timing gear,
>> but now a major obstacle is that I'm finding it extremely difficult
>> (impossible?) to _remove_ that recently installed circlip. My
>> cheap circlip
>> tool (snap-ring?) was adequate for installing the circlip,
>> but it doesn't
>> seem up to the job of  _removing_ it. Sadly, the old-style
>> retainer was
>> quite easy to remove with just a screwdriver, but the
>> new-style snap-ring
>> seems tough to remove. Any advice (other than "just leave it be")?
>> Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
>> '91 200q				mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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