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Porsche 911 Carrera Door Locks and Handles
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Porsche 911 Carrera Door Locks and Handles

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$30 to $300

Talent:

***

Tools:

Torx set, triple square socket

Applicable Models:

 
Porsche 996 Carrera models (1999-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2001-05)
Porsche 997 Carrera models (2005-08)
Porsche 997 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2007-08)

Parts Required:

Door lock mechanism

Hot Tip:

There are lots of little plastic pieces that can easily break inside the door

Performance Gain:

Able to open and close doors

Complementary Modification:

Replace window regulator

The 911 Carrera door handles and door lock mechanism take a lot of use and abuse over the years and can experience many different failures. The first step in fixing any door lock or handle problems is to remove the door panel (see Pelican Technical Article: Porsche 911 Carrera Door Panel Removal). Follow along with the photos in this project to work through the steps involved in replacing the door handle parts and also the integrated lock assembly.

One of the big failure points of modern cars are the small switches located inside the power lock assemblies. These switches get a lot of use, and when they wear out, they can cause all sorts of problems. Switches that are stuck open tell the car that the door is ajar all the time. The dashboard chime may ring continuously, or the gauge cluster may experience some erratic behavior. If the switch is stuck closed, then owners may have a heck of time opening and closing their doors because the window won't roll down that quarter inch or so to allow you to pull it away from the car. The integrated lock assembly also contains all of the motors for the power locks, which also tend to fail over time.

With the door panel removed, you can easily access the door lock mechanism.
Figure 1

With the door panel removed, you can easily access the door lock mechanism. Begin by removing the inner metal door trim panel by removing the three screws (red arrow). Pull the small clip that holds the door handle cable from its hole (green arrow). Then, disconnect the door lock mechanism from the side of the door (yellow arrows).

This photo shows the backside of the door handle assembly from inside the door.
Figure 2

This photo shows the backside of the door handle assembly from inside the door. The blue arrow points to the connection where the handle itself connects to the door lock mechanism. Disconnect this in order to remove the door lock mechanism (see also inset of Figure 5). The purple arrow points to the electrical switch, which tells the car to lower the window in preparation for opening the car door. The two yellow arrows point to the nuts that fasten the door handle to the rear assembly, and the green arrows show the two clips that hold the assembly inside the door.

With the door lock mechanism disconnected, you should be able to pull it out of the door.
Figure 3

With the door lock mechanism disconnected, you should be able to pull it out of the door. The red arrow shows the cable that was previously connected to the door handle. Disconnect the electrical harness from the lock mechanism to remove it from the door.

Shown here is the removal of the door handle assembly.
Figure 4

Shown here is the removal of the door handle assembly. After removing the two nuts shown in Figure 2, press out on the clips to unsnap the door handle (see yellow and green arrows in that photo). The door handle switch is plugged in to a connector located near the door lock mechanism (yellow arrow). The inner door handle housing, which contains the lock cylinder, is shown in the lower left inset photo.

Here's the original door lock mechanism removed from the car.
Figure 5

Here's the original door lock mechanism removed from the car. The yellow arrow shows the inside door handle cable attachment point. One plastic piece that may break is the connector for the outside door handle (green arrow). If you're taking the time to refurbish the inside of your door, I recommend replacing this piece. The 997

On the 997 you will need to remove the inner aluminum panel.
Figure 6

On the 997 you will need to remove the inner aluminum panel. Once the panel is loose, reach in and disconnect the wires from the door micro switch and lock mechanism (yellow arrows) along with the actuator cable (red arrows). You will need to feed these wires along with the actuator cable through the inner panel.

Insert shows the door mechanism in the door.
Figure 7

Insert shows the door mechanism in the door. To disconnect the exterior door handle from the mechanism squeeze in the tab (red arrow) and slide it away from the door handle and unclip the piece from the shaft. Next remove the two screws from the outside of the door skin (yellow arrows) that hold the locking mechanism to the door. The green arrow shows where the wiring for the assembly connects with the harness running through the inner door panel. Remove the unit from the door.

This photo shows the door handle from the inside of the door.
Figure 8

This photo shows the door handle from the inside of the door. You can see where the micro switch harness connects to the wiring going through the inner door panel (blue arrow) as well as where it enters the handle mechanism (red arrow). To replace the micro switch on the exterior door handle you first unclip the wiring harness (green arrow), then remove the two nuts (yellow arrows) and pull the inner casing away from the handle. To remove the switch, gently loosen the locking tab and pull the switch straight back. The exterior door handle can now be removed by pulling downward and out. Installation is the reversal of removal. After installing the door handle do not close the vehicle door. Use a screw driver to engage the locking mechanism fully in the second notch. Using the remote control, lock then unlock the door, then press the door handle while the door is still open.

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Comments and Suggestions:
996c4 Comments: Short question, will the doorhandle from a 997 fit a 996?
September 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I don't think so. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jim Comments: I replaced my door latch and when the car is unlocked everything is great. However when I lock and then unlock with the keyfob I have to pull the exterior handle several times for the door to open. Window goes down and back up when handle is released every time just the door does not open. After a random number of pulls it opens as designed. This ONLY happens after locking and unlocking. If left unlocked it works great every time. Also, the key turns in the barrel but does not lock or unlock the door, I'm reduced to key fob use only. Any ideas?
July 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the latch was not installed correctly. I would inspect the lock cylinder and handle connections to the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JImmyB Comments: Just wanted to say thanks a million for this article ... Purchased a 2000 996 this morning and noticed the key wasn't unlocking the car. Dismantled the door as per your instructions, found the rod that goes between the key lock and the latch mechanism lying at the bottom of the door, reinstalled it and Bob's your uncle. Key now unlocks the door, Windows go up and down with the key as they should. Job done.

Cheers!
May 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JR Comments: To remove the bowden actuator cable from the door latch, is it only necessary to loosen some of screws in that area and to pull away the inner panel a little bit? Or do I have to remove the whole inner panel? Always regarding the 997.
February 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Whole panel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bill Comments: Hello, the passenger door in my 2001 996 Cabrio must have a bad switch, because the window sometimes doesn't jog and the door gets stuck. This happens from the inside handle and the outside one sometimes. My question is, do I need to replace part number 996-613-126-00 or part 996-613-151-00-A02? Thanks for the help.
February 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You likely need a door latch. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dan Comments: for removal of bolts holding in the lock figure 7 the tool needed is a spline socket not a torx
March 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Correct, also known as a triple square. i will have the article updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul Comments: Found the answer. Yes the plug to the mirror simply pulls straight out.
October 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul Comments: It was the side airbag in the door. I figure it out. Pull out the orange tab and then pull pack on the connector.

Now I working on the connector to the rear view mirror in the door. It is round but does not seem to have any tabs or clips to loosen it. Does it just pull straight out?
October 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The connector should pull straight out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul Comments: How do you disconnect the wire from the airbag on a 997? Mine has an orange tab that slides backward just a little.
October 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Which airbag, can you share a photo of the connector? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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