Styling just managed to get some handles

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Styling just managed to get some handles


blessed are the apostates
Nov 28, 2005
from fiatboo:

[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Alfa 147 Handles Thanks to Ben Brown[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Removal of Fiat Handle[/FONT]​
  1. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Remove door card. Won't go into details here- Just undo everything, using allen keys and a philips screwdriver.[/FONT]​
  2. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Use a torx tool (size 30) to undo the bolt on the side of the door, loosening one end of the handle.[/FONT]​
  3. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Use a 10mm socket to undo the other end of the handle (inside the door cavity)[/FONT]​
  4. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Push the handle forwards (ie towards the front of the car), then pull upwards firmly and eventually the handle should come loose.[/FONT]​
  5. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]There are 2 rods- one that pulls the door opener, one that locks/unlocks the door. Pull off the 2 rods from the handle. You'll need the little white bits on the ends too.
    Leave the rod that pulls the door opener attached to the car.
    Make a note of exactly where the kinks are in the locking-rod before removing this from both the door and the handle, so you can put it back in the right way up. You don't want to put this one back on upside-down or backwards, or you'll find it'll lock but not unlock!
    With a little wiggling the old handle is now free.
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Swithing locks[/FONT]​
  1. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Pull the spring clip out that holds the lock barrel into the fiat handle. Then put your key in and use it to pull the lock barrel out of the handle. (Don't just try and prise it out cos you'll pull the metal top off the lock mechanism and have to spend ages reassembling that little flap- not that I did this of course!)[/FONT]​
  2. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The lock barrel fits into the Alfa handle no problems. There's another spring clip holding this in.[/FONT]​
  3. [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]There's a big chunky bit on the alfa handle's mechanism that isn't there on the fiat's: [/FONT]​
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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Take a hacksaw to it to make it slimmer like this:[/FONT]​
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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]I also cut off the section shaded here, as it was knocking against the window runner inside the door, and not closing fully when you released the handle

Be really careful with the plastic lever on the back of the lock. If it breaks you'll have a working handle, but no working lock on that side of your car.
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Refitting [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Refitting the handle is really just a reverse of the dismantling. Reattaching the rods is easier if the little white bits are in the holes 1st, not on the rods.
Offer the handle up to the door and attach the opener rod(still attached inside the door) to the handle, then with the locking rod (unattached from the car), reach it inside the door and attach it to the handle 1st, feed the handle's bulky bits inside the door, then, looking through the gap in the door, (possibly getting someone to hold a light inside so you can see what you're doing), attach the door end of the locking rod. This seems complicated, but the locking rod is the most fiddly part of the whole job, and this way I found the quickest.
Removing the window runner may help too, to give you more room to work (only 2 10mm bolts). To get the handles back in, you can hook the top edge in place, and tap the handle upwards gently from below with a screwdriver resting on the lower lip, just enough to get the lip to slip into the door fully.