5K door handles

Henry A Harper III hah at alumni.rice.edu
Sat Jul 28 08:42:43 EDT 2001

On Friday, July 27, 2001 10:57 PM, Joshua Van Tol [SMTP:josh at spiny.com] wrote:
> >I don't think it's that simple.
> >
> >The cylinder in the old (very weak) handles is not interchangable with
> >that in the new (less weak) handles -- and the keys will not work in
> >crossed cylinders.
> >
> >r.m.bies
> Actually, at least on my car, they are the same. Perhaps the 200
> series cars are different.

On my 1991 200q20v, the original key still works fine after I swapped the 
tumblers into a new cylinder while installing the updated stamped-steel 
pivoting arm in the driver's door - although I found out after digging into the 
door that the old pot-metal piece hadn't broken, one of the plastic rod-holders 
had snapped from old age instead. Fixed that with a zip tie, but installed the 
updated pieces anyway since I was in there and already had them in hand.

Henry Harper
http://www.mindspring.com/~hah3   hah at alumni.rice.edu
1991 200 quattro, 112k, still dead a/c
1988 GTI 16v, 221k, newer door handle but swapped whole lock cylinder instead 
of fiddling with tumblers

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