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Old 02-11-13, 14:17
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My father is having problems with the drivers door locking mechanism on his 1998 T4 ( non central locking version).




Since last weekend when he closes the drivers door it automatically locks and will not open until he inserts and turns the key.




Normally you have to lock the drivers door with the key so that you cannot accidentally lock your keys and belonging inside.





The scenario now is:-




When you get out of the van and close the door ( or the door blows or falls shut ) then you can't get back in without unlocking with a key ( which may still be in the ignition or on the seat along with your wallet and mobile phone )




Father has managed to lock himself out of the van 3 times this week.




When inside the van with the door closed, when you want to get out you have to either:-


1. Wind down the window, reach through, insert the key and turn it whilst pulling the handle.

2. Slide over and get out of the passenger door.





We have removed the door card and the door mechanism, sprayed the mechanism with WD40 and replaced it.



The problem is still the same.



Do the above symptoms point to a worn door mechanism or maybe just one certain part that can be replaced?.





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Old 02-11-13, 14:48
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Default Re: Drivers door locking mechanism problems

Interior section > Technical articles, broken spring
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Old 02-11-13, 15:06
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Thanks for the reply.



Just had a look at the photos and the mechanism looks to be different to the one on my fathers T4.





Would the repairs be the same for a non central locking system?.





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Old 03-11-13, 01:08
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T4 Post Icon Re: Drivers door locking mechanism problems

is the button dropping? if so probably the small spring (same model as ours)
I did fix ours but it's fiddly
first thing is to get a simple key cut & hide it well under the van so at least you can get in anytime/anywhere, amazed everyone doesn't
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Old 03-11-13, 07:49
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i bought the complete new lock from vw for 40 squid,. the spring to change is really fiddley took 40 mins to do the job, getting door card off etc
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Old 03-11-13, 10:26
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I replaced the spring with a safaty pin cut down. Worked a treat
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Old 03-11-13, 15:55
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Thanks for the replies.



Does anyone have a picture of the ( non central locking ) door locking mechanism or a link to a picture please?.


We didn't find a spring even though we removed and dismantled the mechanism.
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