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Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

Not sure why the pdf didn't attach so I'll try again
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

My Fiat 500 (first registered Dec 2009), so now out of warranty, has a broken drivers door handle. Fiat garage in Dunstable, Beds have quoted 112 to supply and fit a replacement.
Can someone let me know if this is a known fault and is Fiat UK taking responsibility?
Thanks.
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cant view the pdf
Have a look at the Guides section for detailed instructions to repair a broken hinge of a door handle yourself for less than a tenner.
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

I believe the small plastic part in the repair kit is to replace one already in the chrome part of the handle which you can't actually see if you replace the hinge as I did.....but in fact the plastic part didn't need changing on my job. Its purpose is like a rawlplug/wall plug, to accept the small screw that holds the hinge to the outer handle. If you don't over tighten the screw, you almost certainly won't need to replace the plastic plug.
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Quote Originally Posted by MarcoVenturi View Post
Not sure why the pdf didn't attach so I'll try again
Thank you MarcoVenturi I've just followed your excellent document & did the door hinge repair in 45 minutes no problem. A couple of extra bit of info that may help others. Put some form of protective tape on the door around the area when unscrewing & screwing the hinge screw to protect the paint. Worth noting the screw bit needs to be angled to the front of the handle as it the screw isn't perpendicular to the door as you would first expect.
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Glad it worked out well for you......enjoy December with the money you've not had to spend at the Dealers
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

Just wanted so say thanks for the guide on replacing the hinge. Saved me a lot of time and money!

I found that the screw supplied with the replacement hinge was slightly longer than the old one, making it difficult to get a tight fit, so I ended up using the old one.
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

Great guide - the tricky bit is getting the small screw into the handle, thanks for the tip regarding using a spanner a screwdriver bit.
Just for info I got my replacement hinge from a Fiat garage for 9.23 (inc VAT) (April 2014) which was cheaper than Ebay and I could get it sorted the same day.
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Thanks for posting this, I have just saved myself about 100 thanks to the instructions.
It took me about an hour to fit the repair kit, but I would like to make just a couple of comments.....


Firstly, I managed to do it without disconnecting the switch and wiring for the mirrors, I just propped the door so it didn't accidentally blow open.


Secondly, I used a mirror to guide the screwdriver bit onto the screwhead at the right angle. I looked at the tip of putting tape on to protect the paint and just used some tape to attach the small mirror.


Finally, I was struggling to get the screw tight enough as it seemed very tight. It is possible, if you have a small socket set handy, to put the screwdriver bit into a socket to get the screw nice and snug against the plate. Hope this helps.
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

Hi thanks for this! Just followed it really easy and straight forward, I too used a little mirror.

Cheers mate!

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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

Some months ago the driver's door handle articulator of my Fiat 500 broke and I purchased the replacement part from Vospers in Plymouth. Having looked at the comprehensive advice given I decided that even given the clear steps to follow the job was beyond me so I left things alone, keeping the handle in place with some tape. I had to take my 500 into my local garage today to get the brakes sorted so I go the handle sorted at the same time. Unfortunately the part I bought was not the right one (despite Vospers stating on their site it was designed for repairing the hinge) so I had to pay for a new handle. despite this the cost and labour was more acceptable than the price I had been quoted by Vospers.


Will be interesting to see how long the new handle lasts!
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Many thanks. 9.80 for a genuine Fiat part and just about an hour from start to finish. Brilliant instructions.
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Re: Broken Door Handle Articulator (hinge) Repair

Thanks so much for taking the time to produce this fantastic guide!

Despite giving it a really good on the grounds of safety / quality / brand reputation Fiat wouldnt even agree to pay for the cost under 'goodwill' when the door hinge went on my 4 year old 500.

We sorted the problem ourselves for 10 for a new hinge from Ebay and an hour of our time despite never having done anything like this before. The Fiat dealer wanted 80.....

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