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Old 01-17-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default Inner door handle slow after tightening exterior handle

The driver's side outer door handle on my '02 WRX had been loose on the leading edge for years and it always bugged me. Since ski season JUST kicked off around here I decided it was finally time to finally close this moisture trap.

After getting the door panel removed and taking a peek at what was going on I found out that the door-handle mounting bolt that is closest to the front of the car had loosened, not had not fallen out. I put a wrench to that and now the exterior door handle is nice and flush.

However, the next time I drove the car, I noticed that the interior door handle was very slow to return to its neutral position. Below is a video of what I'm trying to describe:


Does anyone have any experience adjusting these mechanisms or should I just take it to the dealer?
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:53 PM   #2
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There prolly is a specific torque setting that should be used on the bolt, any tighter would hinder the mechanism for the inner handle
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:10 PM   #3
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I had a similar problem where the inner door release handle would stick intermittently, and it seemed that it would do this more-so when cold out.

My solution was to remove the door-panel to investigate. I found that the rod going from the interior release handle to the latch mechanism, was effectively being hung-up or sticking at a stabilizer.

What I mean by stabilizer: there is a small push-clip inserted into the body of the door. The rod effectively sits within this push-clip to hold the rod from moving / flopping around.

Where the rod sat in this push-clip is where it was effectively sticking.

My solution was to use some silicone grease. I put a dab into the push-clip and onto the rod. This acted to lubricate the push-clip, thus eliminating the sticking problem.

I did this three years ago and have not had the problem since.
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