driver's door will not open (unlocked)

Dave Kase davekase at
Wed Oct 18 20:12:03 EDT 2006

OK, I got to mess with it and nothing, na-da

I tried pushing the door in while pulling on the lever, I tried putting 
my shoulder into it from the inside, I tried pushing and pulling on the 

She is still shut.  I also realized I can't remove the door panel with 
the door shut.  There are two screws in the jam.

I can not get the button to go down with the key nor by pushing on it.  
Pulling the inside cable or outside lever seems to actuate the latch but 
the door stays shut.

I am at a loss as to what to do.  I have grey cloth Canadian door panels 
too so that won't be easy to replace should I have tear into the door 
from the inside.  I don't think a locksmith can help as the door is 
unlocked already.

I am going to get in the back seat with a flashlight and see if I can 
see anything in the lock area from the inside.

Any ideas before I weld the other door shut and paint a confederate flag 
on the roof?

Dave Kase

Tom Donohue wrote:

>On my 91 200TQA, I have to "knee" the rub strip on the driver's door while 
>simultaneously pulling on the door handle (external).  Works OK from inside. 
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Geraint Lloyd" <geraintlloyd_qc at>
>To: <quattro at>
>Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 1:44 PM
>Subject: Re: driver's door will not open (unlocked)
>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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