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Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 14:55:16 -0000
From: "Andy Hookins" <>
Subject: Re: I'm back....

"Nutmegger" <> wrote in message news:b5cs76$28fkv3$ > Hello to all, I see a few familiar names who I enjoyed posting with in the > past. > I never meant to leave really, I just got caught up in, well....... > relationship woes. > > <sigh> > > Anyway, I'm back, still have my Saab. (88 9000) > 297K and still going strong. > I'm wondering how long it is going to last? > > During this winter, I broke the doorknob right off from the interior because > the door was frozen. > I can't open it at all from the inside. I'm really afraid of what it's > going to cost to fix, I assume they have to take the whole door apart. > Any ideas? > > Just about every part of the door handle (and the rest of the car for that matter) is available separately i.e.screws, grommets, rivets, levers, rods etc have individual part numbers so you don't have to buy a complete assembly. I assume its the lever that snapped. Part numbers are: 97 54 763 left hand side 97 54 755 right hand side. The part for that the lever attaches to: 97 69 118 bracket - left hand 97 69 100 bracket - right hand And in the event that you lose some of these parts: 97 76 139 retaining rivet 97 76 139 return spring - left hand 97 76 188 return spring - right hand 97 82 566 clamp for rod. You should be able to take it apart yourself to see what you need / whats broken etc, you don't need any special tools and you've got nothing to lose since it doesn't work at the moment anyway Carefully remove the losenge shaped panel below the lever (On the driver's side this has the controls for electric door mirrors). It just clips in place and there is an opening at one end where you can insert a small flat bladed screwdriver to use as a lever. Remove the exposed screw to remove door handle cover plate. Detach the connecting rod from the door lever. The lever is held in place with a rivet type pin that is quite easy to remove - make sure that you don't lose the return spring when you pull the rivet out! The bracket that the lever attaches to is held in place with two screws - you may find it easier to remove this before trying to replace the lever. Good luck. AndyH '94 9000 CDE.

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