E36 318 Coupe Drivers Side Door Handle Lifting Arm Snap.
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    Coupe Drivers Side Door Handle Lifting Arm Snap.

    Hey Guys,

    My drivers door finally gave up the ghost today when I went out to the car after work, opened the handle and all i heard was a big *ding* metal on metal at the bottom of the door. Then the door wouldn't open. Great.

    So after gracefully clambering through the passenger side door and getting home I popped off the door card to take a look.

    There, sitting at the bottom of my door is the lifting arm of the external door handle, completely snapped off. Sh*t.

    (Just FYI it's the little bit to the right of this image, snapped off, like that )

    After having a feel around where it could have come from I sort of realised how big this task is going to be, I thought to myself, this is a trip to the dealer I most likely can't afford.

    But alas, I might have a blast at it anyway. I've had a bit of a look about - looks like the hinge is separate from the assembly itself - is it possible to change this out?

    If not, is it going to be a case of buying a new assembly from a scrapper/breaker and transferring the locks?

    Essentially I want to get this job done as quick and as cheap as possible, the service is due soon and I really don't need this kind of thing happening... (can you tell how impressed I am )

    Anyway, any point in the right direction would be appreciated! I tend to rely on using the fob to lock/unlock the car but it's nice to have a key backup just in case. So if I could get an assembly with a key to prevent me trading the locks over, if that'd be easier, let me know.

    Cheers for any input!

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    If you have an aftermarket alarm, you *might* be able to drop the windows via that, and reach inside and open the door as a 'temp measure.

    Anyway, best solution is to replace it from one from the scrappy. Would cost peanuts.
    But, I would highly recommend removing it from a Saloon if you can. The Coupe door handles are an absolute arse to remove with the glass in place. To remove the handle from a Saloon will take you minutes, but from a Coupe will take an age !
    So when it comes to refitting in your car, it's upto you if you remove the glass or not. But you WILL struggle (and tear your hands to shreds) with the glass in place, I promise you that.

    Changing the lock barrel is piss easy - Theres a pin on the rear, remove it. You'll need the key that fits the barrel to then remove it.

    Another thing to take into consideration, is if your car has the "optional winter pack" fitted or not. Easiest way to check, is look at your current handle assembly, and if it has 1 wiring connector then it's a normal handle (like in that photo you posted), but if it has 3 wiring connectors, then your car should have the winter pack fitted !
    Another way to tell, is to have a look for heated washer jets - Or in the front brake ducting for a large round temp' sensor (this is the temp' sensor for the washer jets).

    Hope this helps.

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    Cheers mate! Thanks for the advice, I got the general consensus it'd be a changeover job, the worst bits I'm not looking forward too is the glass removal and the lock removal.

    Saying the lock removal is a piece of piss - has put me in a bit more confidence - with the DIY I got that picture from, I just saw the little lock bits everywhere and nearly shit myself (and said this has to go to a dealer or a specialist).

    I know mine doesn't have the winter pack, it's a near basic model tbh.

    Thanks again mate! Given me a lot more confidence about doing this. Have got a VGC handle on the way from fleabay so will give it a blast this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JkF View Post
    with the DIY I got that picture from, I just saw the little lock bits everywhere and nearly shit myself
    I've just found the DIY you were looking at, and yes, they've removed all the lock sliders for some reason (can't be arsed to read the text, so I don't know why they've done that), but as long as you keep your key in the barrel, the sliders won't fall out. Even if you do remove the key, they don't just fall out anyway

    I've just got my spare barrel out to show you:


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    Pm me to remind me, I did have a door handle laying around. Will have a look tomorrow for you, might got thrown away though with all the other stuff I had laying around


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    Quote Originally Posted by mykez View Post
    Pm me to remind me, I did have a door handle laying around. Will have a look tomorrow for you, might got thrown away though with all the other stuff I had laying around
    Cheers for the offer bud but I got a cheap one from fleabay - sick of having to go through the passenger side door already!


    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    I've just got my spare barrel out to show you:
    Nice one! Looks to be alright then!

    Now just have to get the stuff around that sorted!

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    Let us know how you get on mate

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