door handle help

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door handle help

Post by SweaterVest » Feb Fri 04, 2011 2:50 pm

so about a month ago i put new door handles one my car because my old handles were all white and faded. but now i cant open my driver side door from the inside or the outside, but i can unlock it. this happened once before but i thioight it was because my door was frozen shut and i pulled to hard and broke it. im pretty sure that its not frozen its like something came apart and the latch wont open the door? any one else had this problem with aftermarket handles, or know how to fix it?

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Re: door handle help

Post by sneakyboy1 » Feb Fri 04, 2011 3:06 pm

If it won't open from the inside or the outside then it sounds like the metal bar that attaches the handle to the release mechanism fell off.

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Re: door handle help

Post by Darkside » Feb Fri 04, 2011 4:51 pm

The little metal thing he speaks of broke off mine last summer :( boo
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Re: door handle help

Post by SweaterVest » Feb Sun 06, 2011 1:53 am

so it magically opened yester day... it was real dirty so i hit the latch with some brake clean then some lube. so far its working fine. thank god because crawling accrost my car with this dumb walking boot was getting to be a real pain.

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Re: door handle help

Post by MT-Getto » Feb Sun 06, 2011 10:56 am

Some times you might need to just push in on the door while trying to open it maybe?
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Re: door handle help

Post by Rennwagen1 » Feb Sun 06, 2011 1:40 pm

The 'ol MK2 door trick doesn't work on the Mk3s, unfourtunately. I think you may have had a frozen door handle. I get them sometimes in the Touareg, and used to get them in the Mk3 also. Usually a warm day will fix it. You just want to be careful not to really reef on it, since you may actually break something...,.,
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Re: door handle help

Post by choncho » Feb Sun 06, 2011 5:59 pm

MK3? There's also some kind of adjusting screw on the door jam. I think there's three mounting screws that hold the lock assembly and then another smaller one that can be turned for adjustment.might have a rubber cap on it..... ?..?>?
My handle got worse and worse until it wasnt usable. i spun the screw a bit and adjustments made it work. except the inner one works a little worse. but still it fixed it.
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