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Stiff door handle

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by doublem_1, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. doublem_1

    doublem_1 Member

    Sep 6, 2010
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    The passenger exterior door handle seems to of become a bit stiff. After the door is close the handle remains sticking up a bit and looks silly. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
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  3. jay1601

    jay1601 Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2010
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    have to tried putting oil/lube on it ?
  4. AlistairC

    AlistairC New Member

    Oct 15, 2007
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    For anyone else reading this....
    my 5dr a3 is now 11 years old and all the handles are starting to stiffen up. The passenger handle no longer springs down & needs to be manually pushed back down for the door to be able to close.

    i bought a replacement handle part & replaced it today. Basically the pivot pins in the handle rust inside their plastic / die cast brackets. The increased pin diameter causes friction which the springs cannot overcome. No amount of oil will fix it and nor can you get to the pins without dismantling the door & removing the window + frame.

    I replaced my handle mech, but took the old one into the garage to see of it could be fixed. And it can. Drill out the rusted pin's head and tap it out. Replace with a stainless M4 bolt
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    #3 AlistairC, Oct 23, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2013

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