[200q20v] door lock repair...the final insult

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Fri Oct 13 14:04:03 EDT 2000

I'd epoxy a piece of galvanized sheet metal to the  panel instead of the 
plastic crap and then drill a hole to match the alignment otherwise 
provided by the plastic tab.

At 12:41 PM 10/13/2000 -0400, Phil Rose wrote:

>To complete (at long last) my door lock replacement, I found another
>lock-cylinder circlip (courtesy of a friendly, local Audi/VW repair
>shop--Sutherland Auto) and replaced the "too loose" one. ( BTW, searching
>the parts bin at a hardware supply shows that this circlip would be pretty
>well matched by a 9/16" size.) The key worked perfectly to lock/unlock the
>door and to properly arm the anti-theft system. Huzzah. So, all that was
>needed now was to reassemble the door frame and trim panel. A no-brainer,
>Well it was-- until nearly the very last step which was when my brain did
>really take a vacation. That's when I reattached the inside door release
>cable to the lever and tried to fit the lever housing in the panel opening.
>There was a bit of resistance--well, a _lot_ of resistance.  Ultimately I
>discovered that my mistake was having inadvertantly left the securing screw
>protruding at the rear of the housing--i.e., behind the release lever. When
>I forcefully seated the lever/housing,  I discovered that this screw had
>pushed against the plastic tab holding the screw-anchor (an integral part
>of the door panel) and had broken the tab off!
>So, now the door lever release works OK, but since there's no no place  to
>secure it (using that screw), the entire lever housing will easily slide
>forward and pop out of the door panel.   :-(  Am I the only fool who's done
>this? IF not, have any of you _others_  come up with a way to keep this
>assembly in place? I have retrieved the broken anchor tab and am
>considering the possibility of using an epoxy putty to re-attach it. Other
>ideas welcome.
>Phil Rose                               Rochester, NY
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