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Door Handles - Removal Of Exterior
|How long does this take?||About 10 mins per door|
How to Remove MKIII Exterior Door Handles
The job should take about 10 mins per door to do.
1: Remove the cover cap from the edge of the door. This will give you access to the adjustment screw.
2: Pull the handle out to the full extent & unscrew until the handle remains extended. ( see note 1 below )
3: Remove the rear part of the handle, this will just lift out.
4: Pull back the handle towards the rear of the car & then pull outwards. The handle will now come free.
5: Refitment is reverse of the above.
note 1 - make sure you dont undo the screw too much as this will reverse the pin that holds the latch internals & cause problems for refitting - 2 turns should be more than enough for the internal pin to do its work & hold the latch mechanism open - this is why its important to check that the internal mechanism is being held properly & the exterior handle is loose before you remove the exterior handle.
should you have problems with refitting due to the pin not doing its job & letting the internal lever loose inside the door after the handle is removed then fishing wire or similar made into a loop can be used to poke through the hole in the door & onto the internal lever & pull it back allowing the external handle to be refitted properly again, the only other way is to remove the door card & the upper section of the internal weather seal & push the lever manually & refit the handle that way.
The following pictures shows:
The Adjustment Screw
The Handle Removed
The Handle Re-fitted.