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Door Handle Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Handle Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, panel clip tool, T25, T30 Torx

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Door handle, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Do not close door until you know latch and handle work

Performance Gain:

Proper door opening function

Complementary Modification:

Clean and lubricate door latches on other doors

Central locking in Volvo V70 models controls door locks, tailgate or 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 central locking remote unit and the central locking control module handle the majority of the functions.

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 latch is responsible for locking, unlocking and latching the door shut. The exterior door handle releases and unlocks the door latch via a bracket inside the door. The lock cylinder can wear out over time and become stiff. This will make the handle malfunction, usually at the connection to the inner bracket. It is quite easy to remove and replace, needing only a few tools and steps. If replacing the handle, you will have to have it painted to match your vehicle before installing. The exterior door handle and handle trim can be replaced from the outside and do not require access via the door panel.

There are two micro switches in the latches. When dirty these micro switches will stick causing malfunctioning locks. Cleaning and lubricating the latch can bring these back to life.

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.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The door handle (red arrow) and lock cylinder (green arrow) are replaced as one unit.
Figure 1

The door handle (red arrow) and lock cylinder (green arrow) are replaced as one unit. This photo shows the left side front handle. Other doors are similar, minus the lock cylinder.

Working at the outside edge of the door above the latch, remove the plastic cover (red arrow) by pulling it straight off.
Figure 2

Working at the outside edge of the door above the latch, remove the plastic cover (red arrow) by pulling it straight off.

Remove the two T30 Torx door handle fasteners (red arrows) and loosen the two door latch fasteners (green arrows) about six turns.
Figure 3

Remove the two T30 Torx door handle fasteners (red arrows) and loosen the two door latch fasteners (green arrows) about six turns.

This photo shows the door latch fasteners loosened six turns (red arrows).
Figure 4

This photo shows the door latch fasteners loosened six turns (red arrows).

Then pull the door handle straight out of the door until the lock cylinder rod clears the door skin.
Figure 5

Then pull the door handle straight out of the door until the lock cylinder rod clears the door skin.

Next, rotate the handle down to remove the inner pivot (red arrow) from the door skin.
Figure 6

Next, rotate the handle down to remove the inner pivot (red arrow) from the door skin.

Then install the door handle (green arrow) in the reverse order of removal.
Figure 7

If the rubber seal (green arrow) remains attached to the old handle, be sure to transfer it over to the new one.

Figure 8

Then install the door handle (green arrow) in the reverse order of removal. When installing the door handle, listen for an audible click to indicate it is properly engaged with the bracket. Wiggle the latch to get the handle to engage. Then confirm that the lock cylinder rod is properly seated. If needed, use the key to rotate the lock cylinder as you slide it in. Once the handle has been reinstalled, check the latch operation. Lock and unlock the door. Then latch the door latch using a screwdriver. Confirm that the door latch releases with the inner and outer door handles.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Juan Comments: please, the 2001 Volvo v70 door handle is totally different, could you help me?
March 12, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What are you trying to do?


We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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