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> Door handle opener, Need a pointer here....
post Jun 13 2018, 02:34 PM
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Right. You captured it while I was editing. Senior moment. I suspect the latch plate and assem. The door should easily open with a finger thru the handle hole.
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post Jun 13 2018, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE(Larmo63 @ Jun 13 2018, 01:02 PM) *

The inside of the door latches work SO much better (like butter) when you take them out and really soak them in a degreaser. I used gasoline because I had it handy.

The mechanisms are fairly bomb proof inside the door, they just get dirty and mucked up.

I agree, but I used a non flammable degreaser.

Don't use a graphite lube, it causes undue wear.

Use a derailleur lube like Tri Flow, real slick and doesn't attract dirt.
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post Jun 13 2018, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Jun 13 2018, 01:18 PM) *

QUOTE(jim_hoyland @ Jun 13 2018, 12:35 PM) *

Thanks Tom; Is there a trick to loosening the door hinges so the door can be moved up 1 -2 mm ? Seems like the weight could result in the door moving downward ?

Don't loosen the door hinges ...

The best and easiest way to move the rear of the door up a few mm is to open it about 1/4, grab it at the lower rear end and slowly pull it upward until it rests in the desired location.

The only time you need to loosen the door hinges is if the front top of the door triangle does not fit in the top/windshield seal, either being too low or too high.

I bet your door is the correct height in the front but sagging in the rear (most of them do) and simply lifting it up in the rear (slowly) will bring it back to where it needs to be.

Yup, it’s only at the back. Great tip !
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post Jun 13 2018, 07:08 PM
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The latch portion in the door needs a DEEP clean. I use old school carb dip tank solution in my air powered rattler. Then get PB Blaster into the pivot shaft. Once you get the shaft freed up and lubed it will be better magical.
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post Jun 13 2018, 08:11 PM
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I had a similar problem with both of my doors. Even with new plastic levers from 914 Rubber, they would not work correcetly and kept breaking the plastic part, while the inner door handles worked just fine.

The first thing I suggest doing is to simply loosen and remove the screws holding the latch mechanism inside the door. Then remove the latch mechanism from inside the door and soak it in parts cleaner or paint thinner overnight to clean out 40+ years of congealed grease and grit. I was amazed with how much easier the latch mechanism worked after it was cleaned. I suggest doing this before you start changing the door striker adjustments and hinges if the door closed OK before you took the outter handle off for repairs. Messing with the door striker adjustments and hinges is a slippery slope that will consume a lot of trial and error time.

(And no, you cannot simply some spray parts cleaner into the latch mechanism while it is still mounted inside of the door. Been there; tried that first; it didn't work. The plastic lever on the outter door handle kept breaking anyway until I finally took the latch mechanism out of the door and soaked it overnight in parts cleaner.)
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