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Door handle troubles

Old 05-03-2017, 07:21 PM
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Default Door handle troubles

2011 R56. Driver's side door handle will not engage after unlocking. Mostly happens on exterior, but sometimes even the interior as well. Multiple quick squeeze and release is currently the only work-around. Sometimes it takes 8-10 quick clicks to get it to engage. It's particularly frustrating when then interior latch won't engage, and I have to open the window and do the flick and release on the outside handle.

I HATE going to the dealer, since it always results in at least $300 worth of "routine maintenance," so any suggestions are appreciated.

Last edited by 144man; 05-07-2017 at 11:54 AM.
Old 05-05-2017, 02:21 PM
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Got SOME relief by pulling the little rubber thingy off the top corner of the door and spraying copious quantities of WD40 into what I hope was the latch linkage area. Now it only takes 2 squeezes to open the door. The first one feels just like the door is locked, but it engages on the second squeeze.

I guess once this stops working, I'll be forced to take the inside of the door off to see what's really wrong.
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