Porsche 911 carrera door locks and handle replacement – 996 (1998-2005) – 997 (2005-2012) – pelican parts technical article a gas has no volume

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The 911 Carrera door handles and door lock mechanism take a lot of use and abuse over the years and can experience many different failures. The first step in fixing any door lock or handle problems is to remove the door panel (see Pelican Technical Article: Porsche 911 Carrera Door Panel Removal). Follow along with the photos in this project to work through the steps involved in replacing the door handle parts and also the integrated lock assembly.

One of the big failure points of modern cars are the small switches located inside the power lock assemblies. These switches get a lot of use, and when they wear out, they can cause all sorts of problems. Switches that are stuck open tell the car that the door is ajar all the time. The dashboard chime may ring continuously, or the gauge cluster may experience some erratic behavior. If the switch is stuck closed, then owners may have a heck of time opening and closing their doors because the window won’t roll down that quarter inch or so to allow you to pull it away from the car. The integrated lock assembly also contains all of the motors for the power locks, which also tend to fail over time.

*Reassembly Notes* – Circling back to my issue from July 2016 – I finally took the door apart again and this time also removed the outside handle – it turns out the rod from the back of the tumbler was not inserted into the slot in the back of the latch. Inserting this correctly solved ALL of the problems I mentioned above. The rod/paddle end thing isn’t mentioned in the write-ups, adding that would help. I didn’t remove the door handle when I replaced the latch as I didn’t understand the need to do so, in hindsight it is now obvious. It is probably possible to install the latch correctly with all the rods and attachments WITHOUT removing the handle but only if you’ve done it before and know what to look and watch out for. Thanks!

Comments: My T40 tore slips in the latch bolts the two bolt heads in the door jamb on the door, and T45 is too big. I do not want to strip the bolt heads. What size should I be using? Thanks – the rest of your tutorial has worked great so far.

Comments: I have a ’99 911, and I recently replaced the door handle spring to help with a sagging interior handle and the cable for good measure. Previously, it would take 2-3 pulls from the interior handle to open the door, now it’s anywhere from 1-5 pulls. Is this a bad mechanism, or something else that I haven’t considered? The exterior handle works every time without issue…

Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the part here: http://cdn4.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/78-BODY-Door_Locks_and_Handles/images_small/pic02.jpg is functioning mnormally, the latch may be hanging it up. – Nick at Pelican Parts

Comments: My drivers side interior door handle does not snap back to it’s original location. The door opens and closes fine but on occasion, the interior door gets so far from the original fully snapped position, that my window opens a little and my doors unlock. I can manually push it latch and the window will go back up. What part do I need?

Comments: Circling back to my issue from July 2016 – I finally took the door apart again and this time also removed the outside handle – it turns out the rod from the back of the tumbler was not inserted into the slot in the back of the latch. Inserting this correctly solved ALL of the problems I mentioned above. The rod/paddle end thing isn’t mentioned in the write-ups, adding that would help. I didn’t remove the door handle when I replaced the latch as I didn’t understand the need to do so, in hindsight it is now obvious. It is probably possible to install the latch correctly with all the rods and attachments WITHOUT removing the handle but only if you’ve done it before and know what to look and watch out for. Thanks!

Comments: My driver side door will lock every time either using the fob or by turning the key to the right. But when I try to unlock the door it takes 5-10 tries before it will unlock and only by using the fob. Turning the key counter clockwise does nothing and there’s no resistance when turning the key to unlock the door like there is when locking it. Windows move up and down fine. Windows actually drop 1/4" like they are supposed to when the door is supposed to be unlocked and I pull on the handle. Only he door won’t open until I hit the fob 5-10 times. What parts do I need to order?

Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have a few issues. The door tumbler should be connected to the latch assembly by a linkage. It is tough to line that up when replacing the latch. Remove the door handle and check that out. As for the fob not working it’s probably a bad key. Do you have another to try?? – Casey at Pelican Parts

I have a 2005 997 im in the UK so R/H/D Car the passenger door doesnt open, the window drops but the door doesnt open. I removed the outer panel thanks for your tips!. to get to the handle i have losened the metal panel, but its very hard to get to it. Do i need to remove the metal panel completely? If so, how do i disconnect the window regulator cables? I can feel that the mechanical handle has become detached from a cable or lever – feels like it just needs refitting?

Comments: I replaced my door latch and when the car is unlocked everything is great. However when I lock and then unlock with the keyfob I have to pull the exterior handle several times for the door to open. Window goes down and back up when handle is released every time just the door does not open. After a random number of pulls it opens as designed. This ONLY happens after locking and unlocking. If left unlocked it works great every time. Also, the key turns in the barrel but does not lock or unlock the door, I’m reduced to key fob use only. Any ideas?

Comments: Just wanted to say thanks a million for this article … Purchased a 2000 996 this morning and noticed the key wasn’t unlocking the car. Dismantled the door as per your instructions, found the rod that goes between the key lock and the latch mechanism lying at the bottom of the door, reinstalled it and Bob’s your uncle. Key now unlocks the door, Windows go up and down with the key as they should. Job done.

Comments: To remove the bowden actuator cable from the door latch, is it only necessary to loosen some of screws in that area and to pull away the inner panel a little bit? Or do I have to remove the whole inner panel? Always regarding the 997.

Comments: Hello, the passenger door in my 2001 996 Cabrio must have a bad switch, because the window sometimes doesn’t jog and the door gets stuck. This happens from the inside handle and the outside one sometimes. My question is, do I need to replace part number 996-613-126-00 or part 996-613-151-00-A02? Thanks for the help.