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How to….Delock the driver’s door
Parts needed - Rear Drivers Side Handle (no lock hole) and Backing Plate.
Firstly remove driver’s door card as detailed here
Once the cards are off and safely out of the way, carefully peel back the plastic liner from the top rear edge. Take a look inside and you’ll see this….
Undo the two fastenings (one nut and one trox screw – in the red squares) that hold on the yellow plastic cover. Carefully waggle the yellow cover off and remove. Remove the other nut on the back of handle.
Now you can get at the lock mechanism
Carefully lift the mechanism off the two mounting studs and tease the end of the push rod out of the lower mounting (yellow square), and remove.
You should now be able to see the back of the handle mechanism, which looks like this…
Carefully pop the retaining clip (red square) off the push rod, tease the rod out of the hole in the white lever and remove from car – keep this bit hand as you’ll need this again.
Now depress the three clips around the edge of the handle (yellow squares) and carefully remove the handle – push the bottom edge out first.
Right, halfway there.
Refit the delock handle in the reverse of the above – making sure the 3 clips engage securely on the bodywork.
Refit the pushrod – checking the handle operates correctly. There is an adjuster on the bottom end off the pushrod to adjust the length, but it should be OK as it is. Once all is well, refit the clip to the rod on the end of the white lever.
Fit the new backing plate do up both retaining nuts – do not over tighten nuts on the rear of the handle or they will 'spin' in the plastic handle and you’ll never get it off again.
Do not refit the yellow plastic cover as it will catch on the larger counter weight of the new handle.
Check all is working OK.
Refit door card – job done.