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Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles
Published by Skyperr
08-10-2012
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Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

Tools and equipment:
5mm Allen Key

8mm, 10mm, 13mm sockets, ratchet, and extension bar (ideally 200mm / 8" long)

Small flatblade screwdriver

Large flatblade screwdriver or trim popping tool

Philips / crosshead screwdriver

Small long-nosed pliers or spring hook

Roll of duct tape
Step 1

remove the two highlighted allen bolts from the handle and the two philps screws at the base of the door trim

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Step 2

Using the small bladed screwdriver, remove the blank covering the third allen bolt behind the inner handle, and remove the bolt.

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Step 3

Using the large flat bladed screw driver or trim popping tool, GENTLY prise the trim away from the door and "unpop" the securing fasteners. Work around the door gently unpopping each fastener in sequence. The very top edge of the trim sits into the door where the trim abuts the glass. It lifts out but may be tight.

Detach the window winder by removing its securing circlip using a spring hook or long nose pliers.

Be aware that locks operating cable will still be attached to the rear of the inner handle.

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Step 4

Detach the inner cable from the rear of the trim and the inner handle. Remove the outer cables gromit from the trim's rear, and then the inner cables end from the inner handle. The trim can now be put to one side

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Step 5

Gently remove the white protective covering from the door immediately behind the outer handle, taking care not to damage or tear it - although some damage is likely ! Expose the two 10mm nuts and remove these to loosen the guide behind it for removal.

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Step 6

Extract the guide and store safely. There should now be a clear line of sight to the nuts which secure the outer handle.

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Step 7

Loosen and remove the 8mm and 13mm nuts from the back of the handle, taking care not to drop the nuts down into the door.

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Step 8

Remove the outer external handle from the door. It should lift out

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Step 9

Disengage the inner cradle (three lugs as arrowed) and lift it out.

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Step 10

Disconnect the cable end from the cradle

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Step 11

Attach the cable to the new cradle and seat it into the door as previously

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Step 12

Seat the new external handle into the inner cradle and secure it with its 8mm and 13mm nuts. At this point, I would check that the lock and new handle are operating correctly before reassembling anything futher.

Step 13

Final reassembly is step 6 to 1 in that order. Any damage to the white protective covering should be repaired before reattaching the trim. I used strong duct tape.
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Old 28-04-2014   #1
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Talking Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

Thankyou Skyperr.


I am new to FF and needed help trying to change a broken passengerdoor handle.




I followed your guide and managed to change it without any problems.


I am not a car savvy person but thought that I would attempt the job myself after a very steep garage quote. I had my nephew on standby just in case.


Your guide was straight to the point and easy to understand. The part only cost me 16 and works better than the original handle that would always stick and I alone had the knack of opening it.


Thanks again
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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

HELP WANTED !!


I have just bought an 07 Grande Punto and I love it except for I have faulty rear door handles....


I can open the drivers side 7 times out of 10, I have been unable to open the passenger side at all


How can I fix this ? do I need to buy replacement handles ??


Apologies if this has been covered previously
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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

my problem is that it does not open central locking door is left open,
to close what I do is manually closed and fixed , only opens from the inside and is open until new insurance active in manual.
I change the whole piece to fix it?

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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

Good guide Skyper, thanks for doing it! However I have a few things that I think need to be improved.

1) Taking the window winder off should be the first step. This is because there's more room to access the clip if the door plastic is still tight on the door. It also makes removing the door plastic easier.

2) The location of the clip that holds the window winder on needs to be added. I spent a long time trying to work out where that was

3) A note to be careful when removing the clip ^ would help as it can fly of, as its like a spring.

4) A trim removal tool is a necessity. Trying to pry off the door plastic with a screw driver just doesn't work...

I'm missing the main point though, THE REAR DOOR HANDLES ACTUALLY WORK!

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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

For anyone who is thinking of doing this, the correct part numbers are:

735470946
735471031
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A huge thank you mate! I did the job succesfully according to your excellent guide. Really much appreciated your effort to create this repair manual with all the details and pictures.

Every step could be followed nicely.
I should have done this 3 years ago when the problem started....I would have avoided lots of frustration of me wife and myself.
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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

My sons car door handle broke and the instructions were great all done . Thanks very much. Have another problem with the other rear door where it won't open from the outside. We've learnt that when you pull the handle up we bang the door next to the handle and it opens. Is there a way of adjusting the lock?
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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

My passenger door handle seems to be loosely fixed from the keyhole side i.e when the handle is pulled, a gap is created between the door and the handle assembly.

I've tried to take out the door card and tighten the visible two screws but it's still the same. Any ideas?
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Re: Grande Punto replacement of external rear door handles

Quote Originally Posted by timjswan View Post
For anyone who is thinking of doing this, the correct part numbers are:

735470946
735471031
Do you by any chance have the codes for the inner craddles? Mine have a little play in them and I think the problem is not the door handle but the craddle.


I tried adding a bit of plastic on the top of the craddle latch, it improved a bit but still not working 100%. Thanks!
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