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    I need to change the driver's door latch/lock - the mechanism in the door that latches onto the hook on the b-pillar (not the bit you put the key into), because the car thinks the door is open all the time even when it's closed.

    Has anyone done this before? I had a quick look and it's not a very easy job. Checked Haynes, and it says I need to remove the handle "frame" from inside the door and that you need a rivet gun to reattach it. B***** to that, so I'm hoping Haynes is wrong as usual. Any help appreciated.

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    Hi mate,

    I have done mine twice in the last 3 months.

    Not a hard job but VERY fiddly.

    First time I tried to fix the unit but that didnt work. Second time I replaced it but bought the wrong one, third one is perfect and correct item.

    It would be an easier job if you had thin hands.

    The hardest part was turning it within the door to get it out of the tight space.

    Do you have a replacement? I have a spare one for sale.

    You dont need to remove any rivets. Its all Torx screws. Remove door card and remove the cover, remove all cables from door fittings, undo the three screws that hold the mech in place, made it alot easier once I removed the door lock and handle too.

    This is an overview but honestly, its more fiddly than hard! Just make sure you put the cables back in when you finished as I forgot to re-attach the handle one so couldnt get out of the car from the inside - LOL!


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    Cheers for the reply. I've got a secondhand replacement, I don't think it's exactly the same part number as the one in the door as there are loads of different ones, but hopefully it will work.

    I had an attempt at removing the existing one a couple of days ago before I sourced the replacement, in the hope of refurbing it, but only got part way into it before I got stuck. I took off the door card ok, pulled back the polythene, unbolted the three torx screws on the rear outside edge of the door, undid the two torx screws holding the white plastic cover in place, but then couldn't see a way of separating the three rods/cables from the latch mechanism. I think that's why Haynes says "remove the inner handle frame", because then the rods will come out with the latch and can be separated on a bench. Not going to try that as I don't have a rivet gun to reattach the handle frame.

    The only thing I did differently from what you've suggested is that I hadn't removed the external handle - will doing that let me somehow remove the rods/cables from the door? Ta.

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    The cables just pull away mate, I actually undid the mech and then removed the cables, it was far easier. And the same when putting it back in, turn it about into place and then slot the cables in.

    My second one was a perfect unit but a different part number, as such the car didnt even recognize a door being in place and would lead me to leave my lights on on many ocassions as the "pong" sound was absent! You will have to use the right code one im afraid!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Does THIS help?
    That does help, don't know how I missed it. Thanks for the replies Gents.

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