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Door Handle Dilemma (and a friendly reminder)

First, thanks for the steering help. Got it all back in ship-shape, then disaster struck... timing belt broke Oh yeah... my valves looked purty after that.

** Time to change your timing belt?? **

Again, we're up and running (except for a new and mysterious exhaust sound around 3k rpm in 3rd gear only) and now I MUST fix my ghetto door handle.

Went to open driver's side door, heard a *clunk*, outer handle no longer works. When you squeeze it, you get nothing. Inner handle is fine.

I have the door panel removed - now I sit there looking blankly at it. I'm guessing my problem lay behind the black metal thing who's removal is escaping me.

HELP!

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Well, this is from memory...same problem on '83 944 passenger side.

The exterior part of the door handle has an aluminum piece in it that pushes on the latch to release. This aluminum piece has broke. (clunk) The interior door handle has a long rod that goes to another part of the exterior latch to release it. Thus the interior still works, while the exterior does not.

I think there are two screws/bolts that hold the exterior handle in place. Should be right there at the latch mechanism on the side of the door. After these are removed, the exterior handle will have to be seperated from the rod going to the interior handle. It is a 'snap in' type of connection. Roll the window up, and reach into the door from the inside to grab the rod and pull apart.

Unless you are a machinest, or stubborn, buy a new/used exterior handle and re-install. I was able to re-manufacutre the aluminum piece that broke, but would not recommend it.

Hope this helps.
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Your exhuast noise is a loose heat shield. Check them all including the one over the passenger side engine mount.

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