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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Latch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, T30 Torx

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Door latch

Hot Tip:

Tape body to avoid scratches

Performance Gain:

Door opens normally

Complementary Modification:

Lubricate and clean door latch

Central locking in MINI R56 models controls the door locks, the luggage compartment lock and the fuel filler flap lock. The electronic functions of central locking are spread out over several control modules, with sensors and actuators connected directly to a control module in the vicinity of their installed location. The car access system (CAS) module is the master control module for central locking.

The lock mechanism in each door consists of a latch, an exterior door handle and an inside door lock release handle. Only the driver door (left front in North America) is equipped with a lock cylinder. The exterior door handle releases and unlocks the door latch via a cable inside the door. This will make the handle malfunction, usually feeling like you have to apply excess pressure on the handle button. The lock cylinder can wear out over time and become stiff. If you want to replace the door lock, handle or latch, you will have to remove the window regulator.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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In this tech article, I will go over how to replace the lock cylinder and door handle on the left side door. To replace the other door handle you can use this procedure, with the main difference being the lack of a lock cylinder.

This tech article covers replacing the door latch (red arrow) on a vehicle with comfort access.
Figure 1

This tech article covers replacing the door latch (red arrow) on a vehicle with comfort access. If your vehicle does not have comfort access, there will be less electrical connectors to deal with. Comfort access vehicles can be identified by a button on the door handle. Start by removing the door panel and inner door panel module (IDM). See our tech articles on door panel and window regulator replacing.

Working inside the door panel at the latch, pull the cable (red arrow) up and out of the mount.
Figure 2

Working inside the door panel at the latch, pull the cable (red arrow) up and out of the mount. Then detach the cable end from the stop (green arrow).

Follow the inner door handle cable (yellow arrow) toward the latch; pull it out of the mount (green arrow).
Figure 3

Follow the inner door handle cable (yellow arrow) toward the latch; pull it out of the mount (green arrow). Disconnect the door latch electrical connector. Squeeze the release tabs and pull the connector (red arrow) straight off.

Working at the outer edge of the door, disconnect the door lock rod (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the latch (yellow arrow).
Figure 4

Working at the outer edge of the door, disconnect the door lock rod (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the latch (yellow arrow). Pull the grommet out of the door to remove the lock rod (green arrow).

Pull the lock rod out of the door to remove it.
Figure 5

Pull the lock rod out of the door to remove it.

Remove the three T30 Torx door latch fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Remove the three T30 Torx door latch fasteners (red arrows).

Then remove the door latch (green arrow) from the door by rotating the bottom toward the door skin and feeding the top out of the lock cylinder rod.
Figure 7

Then remove the door latch (green arrow) from the door by rotating the bottom toward the door skin and feeding the top out of the lock cylinder rod.

With the latch removed, lever open the plastic door (red arrows).
Figure 8

With the latch removed, lever open the plastic door (red arrows). Then detach the Bowden cable and swap it to the new latch.

To install the new latch reverse the order of the steps.
Figure 9

To install the new latch reverse the order of the steps. When installing the latch, align the lock cylinder rod (red arrow) with the door latch (green arrow). If you are having trouble aligning the two, use the key in the lock cylinder to rotate the rod while installing the latch. I find this helps to get them to mate. Remember to check the function of the latch before installing the door panel. I suggest closing the latch with a flathead screwdriver while the door is open. Then open it using the cables once you attached them. This will ensure it is working.



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Comments and Suggestions:
Brian Comments: I need to change only the door lock cylinder on my '07 Cooper S. When did this get so complex? You really have to take all of this apart? Is their an abbreviated version of the directions for the cylinder?
Do you stock the panel clips for the door?
Also the cylinder came with plastic keys? Can you even get metal/original style keys?
October 29, 2016
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