Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: United Kingdom
Broken door lock became broken window regulator
About 8 months ago, my right rear side door refused to open anymore. Wasn't a priority at the time but recently started to bug me when ferrying friends around, one of them has to climb across.
Read up on here about nightmare stories of taking the rear seats out, etc to get into the door and to the door lock, as I could only access it from inside with the door shut, but figured I'd give it a shot and ordered a new lock from Germany for about £50.
Luckily this isn't the case, but I did have to fashion a tool (I know they exist, but think an allen key with a philips head on the end) to get to one of the awkward screws at the bottom of the door trim. That one screw took about 30 mins, but the door trim was eventually off.
Got through the inner panel a lot easier, and unhooked the window from the regulator to get inside the door easily, but then kind of drew a blank here because the lock is still tucked around the side and has a case on.
A post I read on here said the guy just unscrewed it and popped off the clips but there was no way I could get to one of the clips. So took the screws out, snapped one of the clips I could vaguely get to then tore it off. Not really what I wanted to do but it was busted anyway.
Inside the door lock mechanism now, I have no idea how I actually unlatched it - I jammed a screwdriver in there and jiggled around, and it just popped open. 3 hours cramped in the back seat was finally over!
So that's the story side of this little adventure - next comes the issue...
Swapped the lock really easily, and started to put everything back together, when I noticed a small white clip in the bottom of the door. Snapped off the housing that clips onto the window and runs up and down the track. It's not one of the large glass pane clips, but the small ones that hook over the metal track.
F'ing and blinding, had a look online for Regulators - and just trying to work out if I have to buy a whole new unit or if I can get just the white moving bit, and wondering if anyone can shed any light? Seems crazy to replace the track and motor, etc. for the sake of 1cm of plastic. I did try the window and it does go up and down, but a little clunky so no way I'm trusting just one clip.
Long story short, I fixed one thing and broke another! Although I'd much rather the door was working than the window, still thinking maybe I should have left this to the professionals!...