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Date:         Thu, 8 Oct 2009 16:23:30 -0700
Reply-To:     Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
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From:         Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
Subject:      Re: sliding door lock
Comments: To: jforero <jforero@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
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First thing I would ask is what year door ? there are two styles. I have seen several cases of the spring/mechanism inside the door latch of 1980 to 1884 vanagons break, so that every time you close the door it falls to the locked position. I have seen this only on these early doors, and never the 85 and later ones.

the Cheater Easy Fix , not to elegant, but it works, is to rig replace the locking knob with a screw, so you can hooks a tension type spring on it. The you hang that spring from another screw a couple of inches above the locking knob/screw.

With this, you keep the screw hooked with the spring, and it won't lock. when you want to lock it, you unhook the spring.

I have yet to get one of those locks all the way apart to find out what 'the' issue is inside them. And ........while one can easily check the latching feature of a lock assembly in your hand ...... I have not found a way to do that with these locks and this lock issue. - like when it's assembled in the door, then you can tell if it works or not, and only then, or at least that's true for me.

At least for me, it 's 10 time easier to offer useful information and suggestions/recommendations.... if people will just say the year, the version, the model. what engine, what trans etc.

It even helps me, believe it or not, if I know what color the van is. I'm from a different planet I think. Scott

----- Original Message ----- From: "jforero" <jforero@SBCGLOBAL.NET> To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 4:18 PM Subject: Re: sliding door lock

>I had a problem with the lock on my sliding door where the lock would >spring > open after closing the door or while the van was in motion. I took the > look > out and cleaned it as best I could, greased the lock with fresh grease and > reinstalled it. It worked!! No more problems. The old grease seems to > have > been making the lock malfunction. > cheers > Jaime > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "David Klein" <david@ASHTEC.CA> > To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> > Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 2:07 PM > Subject: sliding door lock > > >> Hi, >> >> My sliding door locks by itself every-time you close the door. It has >> progressively gotten worse for the pass 5 months. Going from only >> locking by itself every third time you close the door to locking >> every time you close the door. >> >> Is the lock mechanism worn out? >> >> Is there an adjustment to fix the problem? >> >> Bentley doesn't say much except for the schematics. >> >> Thanks, David

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