[s-cars] driver door handle

Vincent Frégeac s.sikss at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 22:30:08 EDT 2007

If you have small fingers, you should be able reattach the cable to the lock
assembly removing only the door panel, BTDT. This is only a temporary fix as
the cable will probably pop out again shortly, until you go through Chris'
write up and regrease the lock assembly.

But, at least, you'll have a operating inside door handle until the weekend


-----Message d'origine-----
De : s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com
[mailto:s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com] De la part de chris chambers
Envoyé : 26 mars 2007 13:08
À : Darren Smith; S-CAR-List at audifans.com
Objet : Re: [s-cars] driver door handle


the part you need to check is the latch/lock assembly which is inside
the door itself and latches on the striker.

I'll give you what info I can, I'm not the best at writing up how-to's
so please keep that in mind.

You will need to remove the door panel and the window assembly in order
to gain access to it. The latch/lock is held in place by 2 star screws.
I'll skip door panel removal as it sounds like you know how to do that.

To remove the window assembly you will need to remove the 4 screws
at each "corner" of the door that hold it in place. The bottom right
screw will most likely have an aluminum wedge shaped shim that is used 
to adjust the door frame and eliminate (minimize) wind noise.
You will want to mark on the door where each of the screws is now, it
will make it easier in aligning the window assembly to the door when
you reassemble it.

After removeing the window assembly it's pretty straightforward, there
is a rod that goes vertically for the lock knob that you will need to 
remove. Be careful, the plastic piece it snaps into is known to pop
out of the latch/lock assembly, you don't want to lose it. You will
also have to disconnect the rod that connects to the exterior door
handle. As I already said, the latch is held in place by the two star
screws, remove them and it should come free.

I followed another lister's advice and soaked my latch in automatic
transmission fluid overnight. About every hour or so I locked/unlocked
and otherwise moved all of the linkage in the latch assembly. After I 
was convinced I had removed all of the old dried up grease/corrosion I
regreased it and it work SOOO much better.

installation is reverse of removeal

Sorry if this write up is short, hopefully others can chime
in with their experience/ thoughts.


--- Darren Smith <DS288925 at mycia.net> wrote:

> well when it first happened it pulled out halfway and then felt
> "sticky".  when i pulled out the handle i was able to duplicate this
> feeling, but right now it feels like it is pulling against nothing. 
> Which part can I check, the actual locking part that is in the door
> jam area that is held together with 2 six sided star screws?  a walk
> through would be appreciated if i have to remove this part.
> Thanks Chris-
> Darren
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