[Vwdiesel] A2 Jetta 4 door, rear door common leak, how to fix

James Hansen jhsg at sasktel.net
Tue May 13 02:32:54 PDT 2008

Had this on my 89 A2 when I first got it years ago.
Neither back door opened, as the guy never used the rear doors.

Take the rear seat out, so you can see the latch from the inside- when 
you scrunch down and peer into the door gap.  You'll see the door catch 
jaws trapping the pin.

Then, with a poker of some sort, pry the latch open as friend holds the 
trigger down on the door handle.  If the door handle is broken, you have 
to remove it first, then push down on the metal bit you see there.  They 
break off quite easily after removing the screw you CAN get at.

What happens is the door catches on the rear doors sit at such a poor 
angle, they fill up with crap, dirt and water, then rust right on the 
bottom where all the slidey things have to move.  You need to take the 
whole deal off on the big allen screws, clean it up inside, lubricate 
it, then reinstall.  You'll be surprised how un-complicated the thing 
really is.  It's fully disassemble-able, and you can shiny up the parts 
on a wire wheel easily. Reassemble with something that discourages rust, 
like fluid film.

LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:
>> Thanks, I think I answered my own question here.
>   Gotta do the same thing here too.  Driver's side as well.  Only 
> problem is after sitting a while, both back outside handles fail 
> to open the door.  Someone got cute and flipped the kiddie lock 
> on one of them so...
>   How the heck is it you get a back door open when neither handle 
> will open it!?!?!?
>     Loren
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