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I can not open the driver´s door since the door handle stopped working. Now I have taken everything apart but not the window assenbly, just because I do not dare. It is a 2001 DB7 Volante.

However I think the handle itself is broken and that is why it does not work.

Seems so anyway.

Anyone know where to buy a new one and some suggestions where to find a "write up" how to do the job....

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Handle is ok....

.....but it seems to have disconnected itself from the small shaft going down to the joint which is connected to the doorlock.

Very amusing when you have to go in on passenger´s side and crawl over to open the driver´s door.

Anyone out there who knows what I have to disassemble to reach the door handle from inside????

The window is in the way so one way or the other I have to take the windowassmbly out.
Guess this is the tricky one......anyone who knows how????

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The door handles are NOT handed.

So you can swap them around form passenger to drivers door.

They have the actuator arms at both ends so if the drivers is broken and the passengers is fully ok, then you can swap them over and then both will work as new again.

You do not need to remove glass, at least not on a coupe model. I guess the volante should be same, however the glass needs to be up in order to reach some fittings.

With door closed from inside the glass should raise.

Once door card if removed, 2 or 3 screws on bottom, one behind door catch/lock lever and one within the finger pull tray.

Pull from bottom and door card comes away. If drivers then watch for mirror control wiring.

Once removed 3 large screws hold a panel across top of door on inside of glass. It's easier with this off.


Two 10mm nuts retain handle from inside with washers.

A bit fiddily and a wobble bar is best used to get the angle on a 3/8 socket.

The metal rod attaches using a plastic clip that has a plastic arm that clips over it to secure. Pop the clip back and remove the rod.

Handle should come out of door.

Awkward when first done but after that you should be able to get them in and out in record time.


I would say I could swap the two handles over in approx 30 minutes , start to finish and drive away.

First time would be 1 hr maybe longer if you take your time and also clean the lock mechs.

Definitely worth soaking the lock mech in WD-40 or other such lube cleaner, as the locks get sticky and thus cause the handle to break.

Also if your looking on Ebay for one,, check for MAZDA 323F Estate Handles ;-)
 

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Thanks....

......I will get on to it tomorrow.........will let you know how it is going......

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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
Need your phone no......

Got everything off except for the small rod that goes downwards....so I can not get the handle out.

Or give me a quick call and I will call you back instantly......

Rgds,

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Fixed...

Managed to get it out.

Now I have used glue to get the pieces back in shape.

If it just stays together till I got a new one it is ok.

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Glue will not work. The reason they break is due to the lock mech (door catch) becoming stiff.

This then adds too much force on the handle which is in fact plastic and NOT metal and it breaks.

It's far easier to swap the handles between the doors. and whilst the doors are stripped spray plenty of cleaning fluid into the lock mech from all angles possible.

Finish off with some spray lube, wait half an hour for the excess to run out then clean up with a rag.

Reassemble doors and be happy! :)

I got your PM's but only just got on line, it;s 2am here and I'm off to bed, full day tomorrow and Saturday, so won;t have any more time now until Sunday.. which will be spent recovering from a long day/nights work on Saturday.. as I wont get back in until 3am Sunday morning.
 

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Had the same problem recently. The actual door handle as you lift it to open the door is on a rocker with the handle having two clips that rest on the rocker arm. Would you believe made in cheap old plastic. No glue on earth would fix this, as it works on leverage.
Replace the whole door handle is the only way forward otherwise you will be wearing kid gloves for the rest of the time.
Really frustrating though
 

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Retired and have a doorlock problem

I have a 2008 db9. Just encountered a problem with the driver's side (r) door locking system. All locks ok but when I stop and want to get out the door will not unlock ( v embarrassing). If I operate the master locking switch a few times it sometimes unlocks. Passenger door works fine. Could it be a relay not working somewhere or what? This can be dangerous obviously. Anybody else had this problem?

Colin
 
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