Greasing your Door Latches

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Greasing your Door Latches

Postby Briano1234 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:20 pm

How to Remove Door lock.
My door locks were getting sticky so it is now the time to remove clean and re-grease them.

Open your door.

Insert your favorite 6mm Allen and remove both screws.

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Pull out on the latch assembly, and remove the push button nylon off the finger, then pry off the inner door pull from the hooked finger.

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Now look at the back of it….Filled with yucky binding grease road grime….

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CLEAN IT.

I used Brake Cleaner to remove all the old crud.

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Now work your favorite axle grease into the Mechanisms pivot points, and work it in.
Be sure to get the latch and the locking pivots I used Marine grade Grease it is the blue goo you see.

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Find the inner pull if it went back in to the door frame.
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Then lock the latch. Pry down on the inner pull finger on the latch assembly with a straight blade screw driver, and hook it over the door pull.
Place the lock pull nylon over the upper lock finger, and place door latch on the car, insert the
screws tighten them.
Close the door and feel how smoother the operation is….. You are all set. One of the easiest preventative maintenance things you can do. 10 minutes tops.
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Re: Greasing your Door Latches

Postby Calimus » Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:53 am

Don't forget to grease the hinges as well. I've found some very carefully applied never-sieze to be the end all be all. Problem is, it's silver and it damn sure doesn't come out of clothing or any kind of interior material. Hence why I said, very carefully applied. :D
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Re: Greasing your Door Latches

Postby gull » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:06 am

I have a tube of all-purpose white grease I like to use for stuff like that. It was originally intended for VCRs and tape decks, so I know it's safe for plastic, and it doesn't stain.
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Re: Greasing your Door Latches

Postby Calimus » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:51 pm

I have tried a mirade of things on the door hinges. Possibly even the same white grease your are talking about. What I found is that the summers here just cook the hell outta it and by winter, it squeek and creak time. Trust me, I hate using the never-sieze, but so far I'm at 2 years and counting on all 5 vw's and not a single squeek. I'd still call it a last resort option though.
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Re: Greasing your Door Latches

Postby gull » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:20 pm

Hey, it's hard to argue with success.
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