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Replacing Your Exterior Door Handles and Lock Tumblers
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Exterior Door Handles and Lock Tumblers

Steve Vernon

Time:

30minutes -2hrs

Tab:

$40 to $140

Talent:

*

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx, small screwdriver or pick

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New Handle

Hot Tip:

Don't scratch your paint

Performance Gain:

Can't get locked out of your car

Complementary Modification:

Replace door lock assembly

The door handles and locks on your car can wear out over time, especially if you live in a four season climate where they are exposed to various elements. This article will show you how to remove and replace your door handles and lock tumbler. Unfortunately, the locks and keys are VIN matched and only available from Volkswagen.

This article will show you how to replace the exterior handle and locking tumbler. If you want to remove the backing plate you will need to remove the exterior door skin or panel. Please see our articles on exterior door panel removal and door lock assembly removal for help with these projects.

Begin by opening the door and using your trim tool to remove the plastic weather stripping along the inside section of the door (red arrows).
Figure 1

Begin by opening the door and using your trim tool to remove the plastic weather stripping along the inside section of the door (red arrows).

Remove the small piece of tape that covers the access hole for the lock tumbler and handle (red arrow).
Figure 2

Remove the small piece of tape that covers the access hole for the lock tumbler and handle (red arrow).

Once the tape is removed, you will see a small T20 Torx screw.
Figure 3

Once the tape is removed, you will see a small T20 Torx screw. Use a T20 Torx and loosen the screw.

While loosening the T20 screw you will need to gently pull on the handle and lock tumbler to get the tumbler to loosen.
Figure 4

While loosening the T20 screw you will need to gently pull on the handle and lock tumbler to get the tumbler to loosen.

Slide the lock tumbler out from the door (red arrow).
Figure 5

Slide the lock tumbler out from the door (red arrow). Sometimes it is easier if you use the key to help pull the tumbler from the door.

Inside the handle is a small rubber piece (red arrow) attached to a cable (yellow arrow) that goes to the door lock assembly.
Figure 6

Inside the handle is a small rubber piece (red arrow) attached to a cable (yellow arrow) that goes to the door lock assembly.

Use a small screwdriver or pick to remove it from the channel in the door handle (red arrow).
Figure 7

Use a small screwdriver or pick to remove it from the channel in the door handle (red arrow).

Pull the handle out (red arrow) while sliding towards the rear of the door (yellow arrow).
Figure 8

Pull the handle out (red arrow) while sliding towards the rear of the door (yellow arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal. To remove the backing plate you will need to remove the door panels and the door lock assembly then unscrew the T20 Torx screw and remove the backing plate from inside the door. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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