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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2nd February 2020, 22:29 Thread Starter
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Antara Door Handle Replacement Problems

Dear All,

Hopefully there is someone here who can help.

In the recent cold spell my Antara door froze shut. In a reenactment of a Hulk scene i pulled at the handle until it ended up snapped off in my hand. The feeling of being an avengers extra soon wore off with the realisation that this was going to cost a load to fix.

I decided to do it myself and bought a door handle from my dealer and had a local body shop spray it. A YouTube video of an eastern European fellow doing the replacement in under 5 minutes was very encouraging. However on the actual day all that could go wrong seemed to.

In the process of replacing the handle i managed to knock the rod (the one that unlatches the lock) off. It's the rod that sits behind the handle and is driven by the spring loaded lever that the handle pulls on. This rod was now loose and if you pull the handle it just does nothing.

After manoeuvring the rod to approximately where it came from, the handle unlocks the door again. However, i cannot for the life of me figure out how to keep the rod there, it just keeps popping out after a few door releases. There must be some small clip or hook that i just can't see.

Any ideas where i go from here? Does the card panel need to come off to clip it in from the inside? Is there a tool I'm missing? Is the whole door release mechanism damaged and needing replaced?

I'm grateful for any suggestions at this point. In the interim I can just about do go-go gadget arms from the back to get the driver's door open, it's a royal pain though.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 4th February 2020, 05:55
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I would normally take the inside door card off to access the door lock. If their is a plastic membrane peel or cut & peel back then re-secure with tape afterwards. If the rod is a piece of wire with a bent end, they normally have a plastic clip which stop them coming loose. Probably fallen to the inside bottom of the door. Bet you won't play at being the hulk again ! Richy
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 4th February 2020, 11:34 Thread Starter
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Ha ha, no i certainly won't. On recommendation from a colleague i have purchased some silicone lube to hopefully stop the doors freezing shut again.

Thanks for the info. I'm assuming by plastic clip that toute talking about the same little clip that holds the key lock part to its rod. So next steps, take the card off and hunt for a little clip, then see if my sausage fingers can fit into the door cavity to reattach the rod.

Thank you for your help, I'll let you know how i get on.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 6th February 2020, 20:28 Thread Starter
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Thank you Richy, your advice was bang on. Removing the card made access to the back of the lock really easy and i was able to reattach the rod in about 10 minutes.

Cheers, you're a star.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 7th April 2020, 16:17
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Iíve recently had the same issue with my door handle. The clips holding it have snapped. Do I need to take the door card out or is it possible to fit externally?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 8th April 2020, 06:01
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Short I cutting a hole in the outer panel, i'm not aware of a way. Richy
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