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Fixing sticky door handles
Stop having to tell your passenger "Push the handle down!"
Published by atom0007
10-04-2012
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Fixing sticky door handles

Step 1

Remove door handle from car.
First remove door card. Then disconnect handle rod from door lock mechanism. Undo the two screws holding the door handle onto the door. Push handle out from inside to outside of door. This is covered in detail in other guides.

Step 2

Examine handle

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Handle is two moulded plastic parts. I'll call them handle (the part that goes up and down...) and backing plate (the part that is screwed to the door, two nut inserts).

You'll probably see two rusty pins, and a rusty spring. It's the rust that swells, and adds friction. This prevents the return spring from closing the handle.

When the door handle was made, the two parts were put in a jig, and two splined pins were used to hold the two parts together. The pin is splined in the backing plate, and smooth in the door handle. This forms the simple bearing - the pin rotates relative to the door handle.

This is the point to lubricate. It's very difficult to lubricate this properly from outside - that's why it's so hit and miss when spraying WD40 etc onto the handle.

Soak the pin, spring in release oil to remove the worst of the rust.

I found that soaking the handle for about 2 hours in release oil still did not cure it. I therefore drilled two holes in each round pin housing to allow oil to get right where it's needed. With a small enough sharp drill (~2mm), it's easy to pop a couple of holes in the pin housing.

On each housing, I drilled:

1. One at the round end.
2. I opened the handle out and from below, drilled another. This allows for lubrication with the door handle back on the car.

Don't use too big a drill, you still need the pins to keep the handle together!

Lubricating in these holes freed the handle pretty much instantly.
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Wink Re: Fixing sticky door handles

I fixed my sticky door handles by using WD40 on them. Just spray at the joint on the door handle until WD40 comes out of the bottom of the door. Pull the handle up and down about 20 times whilst doing so and that should sort it out for a good while - no need for drilling etc.
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Re: Fixing sticky door handles

I hope you don't think I removed the handle, then drilled it, then lubed it for fun?

Believe me, I tried plenty of times from outside, with quite a few "release oils", over a protracted period of time.

This guide is for those who hit a dead end with that approach....
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Re: Fixing sticky door handles

im with Atom here my friend

When i sprayed and fitted a 2nd hand set to my punto
i didnt check they worked

And it had the Sticky handle problem
I tried just lubin it - nothing

you will need a little hole to allow it to flow in

Maybe drill and tap grease nipple in to force grease into joint

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