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The outside door handle on the driver's side is giving me some problems, I pull it, and nothing happens, I have to pull it all the way up for the door to open. I fear that in a week I will be entering through the passenger side. <p>Will I have to take the door apart or are there quick/temporary fixes?<p>
 

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TIP:<p>Since you're going to be inside the door anyway, be sure and lube everything while you're inside. Use white lithium grease on everything that rubs together (including the window regulator), and 10W40 on everything that pivots. Also refer to your owner's manual for instructions on how to lube the latch mechanism; the info is in there. Work all lubricant into the mechanisms by operating them a few times before putting the interior door panel back on.<p>Also, check all screws and fasteners inside the door for looseness. If you find any that are loose, put them back in tight with the correct-sized screwdriver or socket, using Loctite on them to prevent a reoccurrence.<p>One of the reasons door handles break is that lubricants inside the door dry up, increasing the effort needed to make things move. The pot metal door handle can't take the strain forever.<p>You will be absolutely amazed at how much of that "new car feel" your doors will regain if you will do this. P.S.- While you're at it, putting some silicone on the door seals and window rubber will also improve their looks and function. They'll allow your window to glide up and down better, and they'll keep water and wind out better. Be sure and clean and wax your door jambs for best results on the door seals- a clean, lubed door seal that is resting against clean, waxed paint does a much better job than one that is dried and sitting against dirt.
 

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On the door handles of the 240s there is an arm that is on the aft side of the handle facing rearwards, this arm pulls up the rod that pops the door clasp mechanism. The cam on this arm wears out over time as well as the eye-loop on the rod. You can use a pair of pliers to close the top of the rod end and make it tighter. BUT you will have to replace the handle its self. If there was a spot where a lube hole should be this issue could be prevented. I replaced most of the handles over time on all my 240s because of this issue.l <p>Follow the rest of Danemodsandys advice. <p>Then you will be a happy camper! <br>
 

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Re: Door handle problems (dagnelson)

I know I can get the door apart but not sure about putting it all back together. Will probably have my mechanic do it. I am kinda disadvantaged when it comes to mechanical skills and was hoping for an even easier fix. Thanks for the advice!<p>An yes, I need lots of the "new car feeling"; that's why I am addressing the annoying things first.<p>George, the 240SE fell through <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Problem solved for now. In my despair I shot some WD40 into the door handle and today it worked pretty smoothly. Hm...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dagnelson</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Problem solved for now. In my despair I shot some WD40 into the door handle and today it worked pretty smoothly. Hm...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>WD-40 is penetrating oil. Read the article at:<p><A HREF="http://www3.telus.net/Volvo_Books/chassis2.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www3.telus.net/Volvo_Books/chassis2.html</A><p>and use lithium grease.<p>Hope this helps,<p>Paul
 

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Quick fix? Swap the door handles from front to rear. It's really quite easy. Everything on a 240 door panel comes off as you might expect, except the arm rest is tricky. The upper most mounting point is a pin with "wings" on it. You pop the plugs out of the armrest and remove the two-three screws at the bottom, then it can pivot up on that top post. Pivot until it releases from the door. There's an insert in the door that has two slots, so it only comes out when pivoted up.
 

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I am not too experienced with stuff like that. I don't trust myself to get the doors back together nicely. Really need to learn. Wish there was a course you can take where they let you practice on someone elses's Volvo <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Tried the lithium grease, and on all 4 doors, works like magic. Very happy.
 

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Having (or making) the door panel removal tool makes it easier to not destroy the door panel mounting tabs.<p>If you've got apick & pull type salvage yeard near you, you can practice on a few volvos before you get it right.
 
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