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Outer Door Handle Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Outer Door Handle Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

20 mins

Tab:

$0 to $100

Talent:

**

Tools:

T25 Torx screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Outer door handle

Hot Tip:

Loosen the retaining screw only enough to release the lock cylinder

Performance Gain:

You can now open the door again

Complementary Modification:

Re-paint door handles

Certain jobs on the Volvo C3 require removing the door handles, such as replacing the window regulator. Additionally, it is commonplace to have them re-painted either for touch up or an improved look. Removing the handles is easy and should not take more than 20 minutes.

As you can see in thisPicture, the door handle on our project car has a chip in it.
Figure 1

As you can see in thisPicture, the door handle on our project car has a chip in it. Removing the handle for new paint is an easy process that should not take about 20 minutes.

Open the door and locate the black plastic plug (green arrow) located on the rear.
Figure 2

Open the door and locate the black plastic plug (green arrow) located on the rear. Carefully pry out the plug using your fingernail.

Figure 3

Inside the hole (green arrow) is a T25 Torx screw that holds the lock cylinder in place

You'll have to feel around a bit for the screw inside.
Figure 4

You'll have to feel around a bit for the screw inside. Once the screwdriver is centered, carefully loosen the screw just enough so the lock cylinder on the outside of the door can be removed. You do not want to back the screw all the way out as it will fall inside the door.

Shown here is the lock cylinder (green arrow) being withdrawn from the door.
Figure 5

Shown here is the lock cylinder (green arrow) being withdrawn from the door.

Once the lock cylinder is removed, you can carefully angle the door handle (green arrow) out of the door.
Figure 6

Once the lock cylinder is removed, you can carefully angle the door handle (green arrow) out of the door. Don't forget to grab the gasket (yellow arrow) as well.

When installing the door handle, take note of the pivot (green arrow) on the end.
Figure 7

When installing the door handle, take note of the pivot (green arrow) on the end. You'll need to center the pivot point on the axle inside the door. It sounds a little complicated, but once it is in place, the door will open as normal.

The lock cylinder cover is removed by pulling back both locking tabs (green arrow) on either side of the cylinder and carefully pop it off.
Figure 8

The lock cylinder cover is removed by pulling back both locking tabs (green arrow) on either side of the cylinder and carefully pop it off. At this point, you can now take the handle and cover to your local painter or replace them with new items. Installation is the reverse of removal, but be sure to hold the lock cylinder in the door when tightening the retaining screw.

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