Antara Door Handle Replacement Problems
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.