I was simply repairing my door handle spring and removed the door
panel, etc. Fixed the handle and tested the door at least 20 times;
opening and closing - it worked great. Then re-installed the door
panel, put away my tools and again came back for one final test of the
handle and nothing - it won't freakin open. I have taken the panel
back off (dont ask me how I did it with the door closed...but I did.)
and have tryed everything. What did I do wrong? Any help is greatly
I can't speak to the C3 door mechanism, but I did go through this same
type of problem on a Jaguar sedan recently. The door handle opened
the door beautifully numerous times, then after I replaced the panel, it
didn't work at all. It turned out that the door lock mechanism and the
handle mechanism were fighting each other... once the door
was locked, the adjustment of the handle mechanism (linkage rod) was such
that it prevented the door from being unlocked, so the handle wouldn't open
the door (locked) and the lock wouldn't release. In other words, the
fine to open the door until the door was locked, thereafter it wouldn't
work at all.
In my case it was a matter of adjusting the handle linkage so that it
door to open with only a very small movement of the handle; that adjustment
in turn left the lock linkage free to move normally.
The problem may be similar to what Wayne describes...
On your car, the rod that goes from the handle to the latch has a slight
curve in it. If the curve has been increased(or straightened) the rod
can hang on a part of the lock mechanism near the latch. Also, while it
doesn't appear to need it for retention, there must be a clip retainer
on the rod at the point where it attaches to the door handle. If that
clip is missing, the rod will intermittently twist so that it hangs on
the lock mechanism mentioned above. The door will work "20 times" as
you described, but that 21st time after the door panel is on can be when
the rod decides to twist and hang. Ask me how I know. :)
(Nothing can stop a sufficiently dedicated fool. Things can be made fool
proof, but not damn fool proof.) Same problem on my 1977. New clips, new
bend, and put the panel on just after the latest failure. That way you
should get twenty good openings before it fouls up again. However, I am
almost certain it won't work scattered on your garage floor.
Then again, in your case..... Nah, even you aren't that good.
Tried a thin walled flexible tube over the length of the rod on my last
install. So far it's holding. I think maybe things get wacky from the rod
scraping the inside of the panel over time. (It has only had about
seventeen good openings so far, however. The real test is when I get to the
Wasn't looking for impute from a fool, just a correction to make it
more difficult for him. ;p
Again you ASSUME to much.
Found what looks like the problem last night, needs one new part and I
think I'll replace the door handle while I've got it torn apart. Looks
like the latching mechanism could stand to have the staked pivots
reset to make the action more positive.
Life is a sexually transmitted condition that is always fatal.
staked pivots? Is that the part of the mechanism that is hard riveted into
the inside of the door? How would one make adjustments to that?
When I did take both my doors down, I found a piece of some kind of covering
on one of the long rods. Do you know if there was something on those
originally? I slipped a piece of thinwall tubing over it because it seemed
like a good idea, but I don't know if it will make any difference.
My biggest problem was door sag, which I have fixed with new pins and
bushings. I also put in the new bushings or bumpers that keep the window
from rattling, but now it's really hard for the motor to get one of the
windows up. I'm backed off as far as it will go on the bumbers, and I
suppose over time it will get better, but can the angle be adjusted as the
window goes up and bends toward the inside of the car? I'd like to relieve
a little pressure that way. Are the track bottoms adjustable?
Blowing like hell where I am, too, so it doesn't look like I'll be finishing
my doors here really soon either. Anxious to see how to adjust the tip in.
As long as I know that can be done, I'll hold up putting the doors back
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