driver's door will not open (unlocked)

Geraint Lloyd geraintlloyd_qc at
Wed Oct 18 13:44:33 EDT 2006

I'm sure that you are way way past this point, but
here we go......
Have you tried locking it and then unlocking it with
the divers side
inside button, then using the inside door handle?
sometimes the VAG locks get confused if you pull on
the handle before
the mechanism is completely unlocked.
locking and unlocking may reset the lock.
you might also try ->pull the door handle->lock the
door->release the
door handle->unlock the door->try and open it

In the same vein, if there is tension on the release
rods / cables that
open the lock (not the locking rods) then that can
also confuse the lock
is there any play on the inside door handle? i.e. does
the inside
drivers door handle have a different 'bite point' to
the (functioning)
passenger side?

If you are with the AAA/CAA/RAC, then Huw's suggestion
may be the best way.

pity it's a coupé otherwise you might have been able
to open the back
doors and provide some encouragement in the door jam

apologies if preaching to the converted. I don't want
to get into any
'handbags at fifty paces' kind of discussions that
seem all the rage at
the moment. ;-)


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