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Update - we're going to try to make a special tool to press the pin out rather than knock it out and risk damaging the door panel.
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It's unfortunate it's not easy to replace just the hinge without having to resort to removing all the interiour trim etc.
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They do yes, the hinge just unscrews.

Anyone who can make a batch of a 100 will make a killing at 25 a pop!
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I've managed to remove the part of the hinge that is held into the door handle with a screw... The hinge pin is proving somewhat more difficult.
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I've admitted defeat and ordered a new complete handle from my local dealer, Alexanders.
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Roswell, when the dealer supplies the handle, please update all of us who have ordered new handles from franchises. All I hear is that there seem to be none currently in the UK. Frustrating!
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Roswell, when the dealer supplies the handle, please update all of us who have ordered new handles from franchises. All I hear is that there seem to be none currently in the UK. Frustrating!
The parts guy said they had been on back order and had only recently arrived. He had two on the shelf. Cost was 68 + VAT.
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My new door handle arrived today.
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Is possible to just replace the hinge without having to remove the old handle from the door?
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You tell us. You've got the new handle. I really can't remember now... the hinge nut on the inside of the door skin still has to be removed, so I can't see that much time would be saved even if the hinge can be removed from the handle with it in situ.

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Is possible to just replace the hinge without having to remove the old handle from the door?

I wouldn't think so as you won't be able to get access to the screw which holds the hinge to the handle, unless you can pull the hinge end of the door far enough out to open the hinge, it looks like that might be too much though ? ( careful you don't over stress the other side by the lock & crack that

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Schit! I thought I could just change the hinge.
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That's the reason I used my method to fix the original hinge in place
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Is possible to just replace the hinge without having to remove the old handle from the door?
yes
but trim and glass still need to be removed

thats what i did was just swap the hinge as i didnt went to mess with lock

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but trim and glass still need to be removed

thats what i did was just swap the hinge as i didnt went to mess with lock

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How did you manage that then?
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hello pubsinger i'm at stage 23 of your post for door handle replacement i'm a little baffled as how to get the two rods unclipped any detailed help would be great
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Have a look at the rods at the lock mechanism end (not the handle end) there are clips that hold the rods in place.

If you're doing the driver's door reach into the door with your left arm and using your thumb push the top of the clip towards the outer skin of the door. The clip is hinged at the bottom and will rotate out of the way. Then simply pop the rods off the lock mechanism.

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hello pubsinger i'm at stage 23 of your post for door handle replacement i'm a little baffled as how to get the two rods unclipped any detailed help would be great

I did it like this.

http://http://http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...E/IMG_7087.jpg

But I found it easier to remove this first.

http://http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...E/IMG_7081.jpg

Thanks to Pubsinger for his great How Too!!
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Is possible to just replace the hinge without having to remove the old handle from the door?
No it's not.

Also, anybody who can do this job without removing the glass is;

a) A magician.
b) A child of three or under.
c) A God.
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How did you manage that then?
undo 10mm nut on inside of the door, that releases one side of the hinge, then using a small ratchet with a "X" bit in it i pulled the handle at the rear so all the black plastic was as far out as possible then pull the front away from the door.....just enough acess then to get to the "X" head screw, a real stubby screw driver may do it, i put tape on the door so i wouldnt mark it
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I did it without removing the glass. I used a torch to peer in towards the door catch from the inside side of door.(not handle lock - door catch halfway up door). You will see the rods connected to the door catch mechanism.
I disconnected 1 from here. All you do then is ease out the door handle where I managed to disconnect the other rod from door handle, I then left this one in situ. Removed old handle, swapped over lock barrel and inserted the new handle with 1 rod attached. Before finally putting in position, I located the rod left in situ into the back of the handle.(from the outside of door) Once in place I then connected the rod back to the door catch from inside the door with torch.
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I think you'll find the easiest way is, when unlocking the door with the remote, keep your finger on the button for a few seconds and both windows will open, reach in and open the driver's door using the interior handle.

Always seemed odd to me that the windows don't close when holding the button to lock the door, seems a far more useful feature....but then, that's Alfa for you.

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Thanks that is a fantastic tip!
The car dealer I bought my GT from managed to break the drivers door handle and then tried to fob me off with a bodge using copper wire, when they were supposed to be ordering a new one.
4 weeks of opening the passenger side and running round (before the huge door crashes into something) is driving me MAD!
Does anyone maunfacture a stronger (metal) replacement, the inside is made of cheap plastic?
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Could have written that myself exactly the same scenario lol!
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No it's not.

Also, anybody who can do this job without removing the glass is;

a) A magician.
b) A child of three or under.
c) A God.
Replaced the handle and hinge, did not remove the glass, Mainly because I could not work out how to move the glass.

Anyway what can I say, I guess I was born special...
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Bought a GT Blackline yesterday and guess what? drivers door handle has snapped off...... not happy, question does anybody have one for sale.
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