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Car featured - Espace 1994.
Rear door won't open - handle's gone all loose and floppy.
Viagra won't help, so here's the fix.

1. Remove the cover that goes over the rear windreen wiper motor. (pic 1)


2. Remove the interior handle on the inside of the door (torx screws). (Pic 2)


3. Remove the trim by gently pulling, and finding the little plastic poppers that go all the way around it.

4. Remove the plastic liner to gain access to the inside of the door panel. (Pic 3).


5. You'll see 2 rods that come from either end, and join onto the handle mechanism. Either use pliers to pull them both into the centre, or if it's loose enough, just push downwards on the door release mechanism at the most pointed end. (Pic 4). With a little push on the door, it should now open. (Pic 5).



6. The prime culprit in this mini disaster is usually a little plastic piece that connects the handle and the locking mechanism. (Pic 6). A quick trip to the scrappy will usually turn up what you want. All that holds the broken bit of plastic on is a small circlip.


7. Repeat removal stages backwards to refit the bits. Et - voila!

Easy huh? :p
 

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Great post, thanks. My rear doors have the same problem. I also have had a problem with the central locking not working on the rear door and near side front door too. Is this relted or is it the locking master switch?
 

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right, I've had mine in bits today cleaned up all the contacts turned out not to be them. Althou they work lovely now.

Turned out to be the latch at the bottom, the protective plastic cover had worn and wasnt allowing enough movement.

so disassembled cleaned it all up it works lovely.

next problem thou is trying to figure how my drainage pipe connects and where it goes as there dont seem to be anything for the black part to attatch to???

been looking on google for images and/or how to but simpley dont return any constructive information outside of this thread lol
 

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Car featured - Espace 1994.
Rear door won't open - handle's gone all loose and floppy.
Viagra won't help, so here's the fix.

1. Remove the cover that goes over the rear windreen wiper motor. (pic 1)


2. Remove the interior handle on the inside of the door (torx screws). (Pic 2)


3. Remove the trim by gently pulling, and finding the little plastic poppers that go all the way around it.

4. Remove the plastic liner to gain access to the inside of the door panel. (Pic 3).


5. You'll see 2 rods that come from either end, and join onto the handle mechanism. Either use pliers to pull them both into the centre, or if it's loose enough, just push downwards on the door release mechanism at the most pointed end. (Pic 4). With a little push on the door, it should now open. (Pic 5).



6. The prime culprit in this mini disaster is usually a little plastic piece that connects the handle and the locking mechanism. (Pic 6). A quick trip to the scrappy will usually turn up what you want. All that holds the broken bit of plastic on is a small circlip.


7. Repeat removal stages backwards to refit the bits. Et - voila!

Easy huh? :p
Thanks so much for this - problems been bugging for months - so times it will open - when you need it it won't. Will have a go!
 

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Mine is a 2001 Espace and doesn't appear to have the wiper housing - any ideas how to get the lock mechanism exposed would be appreciated! Many thanks....
 

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Hi to all, my Mk4 had exactly the same problem, To rectify, Climb in and get the seats out, look where the catch is, there is a small cut away in the plastic cover on the lock exposing a small plastic lug (mine was white), using a screwydriver to actuate this allows the door to open... remove the trim from top of rear window just held in place with clips, then remove the 2 black things that look like screws, one on each side (turning with a driver exposes head just enough to get a screwdriver under and lever out, then pull whole fixing out), remove side trims pulling away from clips again , Remove 2 more of the plastic plug/screw thingys on either end of the Long trim over wiper motor. Next job is to remove the handle on the door by extracting the centre peg from the handle using a driver or similar, the handle should now come away (might neeed abit of persuasion), remove the plastic trim over the lock now you can unclip the main bootlid/tailgate cover,exposing the internals of the door unit. Lock is held in place by the 3 outer T30 torx fixings. My particular faliure was the plastic gear inside the lock has 2 lugs on it, one had snapped off and dropped into mechanism. As luck would have it, the wire used to make mousetraps was the right size to glue through centre, back onto gear. Reassembly is the reverse sequence. Valeo part No for lock assembly is: 8200 090 483. Will try and track down replacment unit and upload some photos when I replace. Hope this helps you guys...
 
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