Still lovin the GT
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: United Kingdom
GT Door Hinge Repair kit Update
Had the dreaded door hinge break on me last weekend and repaired it today.Thought I,d add to the very helpful posts on here to change the handle, might save a bit of work and swearing!
My handle had snapped on the front hinge so decided to look for a new one which for the Blackline was hard to get hold of and £98 .Decided to look on ebay and after putting alfa gt door handle into the search it came up with many handles but also a hinge repair kit (genuine alfa part) for £12-99. Had this delivered in the week only took a couple of days.
I followed the theads on here for door card removal and was lucky not to break the top plastic plug on the door rubber at back of the door.Dont bother to try to take out the other four plastic plugs in this rubber but just carefully pull the rubber over the head of the cap.Pull off outer window strip which is attached to this rubber, this is only necessary to make door card removal easier.Unlike other posts I didn't take out the window or attempt to disconnect door lock rods I undid the front hinge nut from inside the door (bit tricky but do-able) then undid the torx screw on back edge of door handle behind rubber seal you've removed. Carefully pull main handle and take out broken hinge from front bit.Now push main handle body towards front of car and wiggle it out of door, even with rods attached if you pull out handle there is enough room to get a dumply Phillips screw driver into the old hinge to remove it. Lubricate the new hinge well then screw into front end of the handle. Wiggle handle back into door and slide it back towards the rear of the car, do up the torx screw first then the 10mm nut on the front of handle inside door.When you put back door rubber carefully prize it over the heads of the plastic plugs with a small screwdriver then put it all back together.Great cheap fix and saved a lot of time and skin off my arms not taking out window and door rods , only works if your hinge is broken ,not if your replacing the whole handle or locks.I protected my paint with masking tape around the handle
Last edited by popuk; 28-09-13 at 16:55.