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Right I have a rather disturbing problem. Last night I got into my car as usual but noticed my door ajar light was on. Now at first thought I had caught my seatbelt in the door but no. I try to pull the door shut & it just flops open again. Tried rotating the catch itself with the handle held bu no, the safety bit that comes up & engages the catch wont go up to hold the catch in place. If I use the inner handle or the key then the bit comes up in place to the catch. This isnt good as I had the door open on me whilst driving today (not a pleasant experience tbh). So now I cant drive it.

Any ideas?

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what happens if you slam the door from the inside, to make it shut, then lock it?

Hit & miss, sometimes you can get it to hold but its unsafe as I discovered. Slamming it makes no difference, the door isnt out of line its the catch not engaging.

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erm, the only thing i can think of is, put a new catch on or take your old one part and clean it

 

I took the doorcard off but if im honest I cant see how i can remove the catch itself, minimal access. Theres two screws on the catch at the outside but i fear taking them off & it dropping inside the door. I have no idea what its mechanism is behind the door so I would be fishing blind?

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Anyone know how to remove this thing from the car so it can be replaced. I cant seem to get my hand behind nor see what I would be unclipping due to the metal surroundings behind the door card?

 

IIRC and dont quote me on it, if you remove the screws it drops down (still attached to linkages etc) to the bottom of the door - you'll be able to see and gain access to it. Have you tried lost of WD40 and moving the arm up and down with a scewdriver? If not IIRC everything inside the door is easy enough to remove :)

 

:cheers:

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Anyone know how to remove this thing from the car so it can be replaced. I cant seem to get my hand behind nor see what I would be unclipping due to the metal surroundings behind the door card?

 

IIRC and dont quote me on it, if you remove the screws it drops down (still attached to linkages etc) to the bottom of the door - you'll be able to see and gain access to it. Have you tried lost of WD40 and moving the arm up and down with a scewdriver? If not IIRC everything inside the door is easy enough to remove :)

 

:cheers:

 

correct, the two exterior screws are all that holds the latch inplace and you can retreive it with the cable afterwards oretty easy enough,

 

as for the current latch fault Id at a guess say the main rocker latch behind the rear plate of the latch itself is worn away (its made of toughened plastic and actually pushes the locking arm into place), either way the latch mechanism needs to come out, and seen as its not PATS reliant its easier to simply replace with a latch from any other escort than attempt a repair.

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Thanks for this, I was a bit worried, I saw the two screws but couldnt visage being able to retrieve it or if there was any clips holding it with the screws.

 

 

no clips or screws other than the two exterior ones, you may have to jiggle the whole lot a bit to release it from the barrels pull rod but after that you can literally pull it out by its cable.

 

refitting can be a bit tricky and it might help to have a second pair of hands to get a start on hand tightening the screws while you concentrate on positioning it or more precisely the replacement.

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I dont suppose you have any pics of your catch (attached to the door) just so I can verify the cabby ones are the same, a pic of a door without the door card would be great too if you happen to have one?

I just want to compare the access points. :cheers:

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Right!

I went and got a replacement mechanism from my local scrappy from a regular mk6 door. I was able to manouvre this clear & out but mine I cant, maybe its due to the cabby window runners I think. Theres a long bar running down that I can manouvre the loch mechanism past, any ideas? Ill post pics up in a min.

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Right!

I went and got a replacement mechanism from my local scrappy from a regular mk6 door. I was able to manouvre this clear & out but mine I cant, maybe its due to the cabby window runners I think. Theres a long bar running down that I can manouvre the loch mechanism past, any ideas? Ill post pics up in a min.

 

 

hmm sounds like one of the reinforcement bars that the cabbies were fitted with to counteract the effect of the loss of the roof on the chasis.

 

doubt you'll have a great deal of luck removing it either.

 

without havin a good nose at it I cant really advise any further, bring it over if ya want and Ill take a look for ya?

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I would love to run it over Lee but its all a bit of a mess atm, its not really driveable like it is, im just uploading some pics. It looks more like a window runner tbh I took a number of pics to show you, there are nuts you can remove but I dont yet know the result of removing these nuts & a little fearfull of doing more damage but Ill have to one way or another to get it sorted.
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