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Old 07-22-2009, 06:33 AM
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How to replace the door handle return spring

So every since I've owned my rig, other than the phantom door lock drop, the thing that really annoys me is that the inside handle on the driver side door has a bad/broken return spring. If you don't physically push the handle forward after the door is opened, the door will fly back open while driving when someone unsuspecting gets behind the wheel (like a friend).

1) How do I access this spring
2) Can it be replaced with something OEM or similar?

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Old 07-22-2009, 12:11 PM
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I wish you had posted this several days ago while I had my pass door torn apart and then I would've been glad to help you better. But, based on memory you will have to take the inside panel off. Raise window if not already raised. Then loosen the torx bits on the outside of the door. Then you should be able to reach in there and see how it all fits together. Wish I could help you more but that's the best I can do from memory. While you're at it, lube the heck out of everything that moves. I did this on mine and now all door functions are smooth. Could be your problem.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:39 AM
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Thanks for your help.

I know the spring is gone because I found little pieces of it in the bottom of the door when the rig was new (to me). I guess I was just wondering if there's an actual replacement spring you can buy or something that could be matched up.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:40 AM
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Go to this site. Troubled Child sells the springs. I did mine last year. Not a real hard job.

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:57 AM
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If you are talking about the spring that returns the handle to the forward position then below is for you. If you are talking about the spring that keeps the door from accidently locking the Troubled Child sells them with a nice write-up for most years.

I did mine a year ago but cannot remember all the details. I pulled my door apart and actually removed the bracket tha holds the little splined shaft with the bellcrank assembly and the arm (held together with screws as near as I can remember). Then I bent the little tabs straight that hold the U shaped bracket and surround the spring and splined shaft. Then I figured as best as I could how I wanted the shaft to line up and bent the coil spring flat at that spot (very stiff wire). I put the U shaped braket back on and bent the tabs back and reinstalled everything.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:47 PM
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Sorry..............I jumped the gun and thought that you meant the door lock spring.

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:05 PM
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No worries Rick. Yes, i was talking about the spring that returns the handle to the forward position but quite frankly I have the phantom drop lock syndrome on my passenger door so now I know where to get the retainers I think I just need to get inside the door and find out what I'm up against. Thanks for all your help guys.
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I found the broken pieces of my handle return spring in the bottom of my door. Anywhere to get replacement?

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Old 05-02-2015, 08:52 AM
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I found the broken pieces of my handle return spring in the bottom of my door. Anywhere to get replacement?

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I just replaced mine with a junk yard donor, but for about 6 months my shade tree repair was to use an extra throttle return spring. I drilled two small holes about 1/8" apart under the striker on the back edge of the door (for one side of the spring to hook) and another about midway along the metal bar that connects the handle to the door mechanism. It wasn't the most beautiful thing in the world but it kept the door shut
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:08 AM
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From what I understand you just need to replace the whole assembly. Mine is shot too on the driver side and I plan on getting in there and maybe swapping the driver side rear door assembly if they are similar while I look for a used part.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:42 PM
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I found what looks like the right spring on an AMC parts website and I plan to order one to test, but it's not high on my list yet.
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:11 AM
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If it is the correct one could we get some measurements from it? Mine are all broken/missing. I wanted to see if maybe they could be bought from a shop. Thanks
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Old 02-18-2020, 02:23 PM
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Any new updates on these springs?
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:51 PM
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I would be that you could take one from a rear door and use it on the front as the fronts see a helluva lot more wear than the rear ones
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Old 02-20-2020, 12:03 AM
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Too bad those links to the spring stores aren't working.
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Old 02-20-2020, 09:11 PM
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I just did like the above and got a rear door spring. Had to fab up the linkage as it is different from front to rear. I'm back working 100% again though.
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Old 02-22-2020, 12:07 AM
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one way is to use a newer electrical door lock motor, the spring is stronger. This is what I did and it has been 1O years
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:48 PM
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Too bad those links to the spring stores aren't working.

I got a little wrapped up with recovery from heart surgery and dealing with moving and sorting our whole life to finish looking into this. I wish I had bought the crate of those springs at Boeing Surplus about 20 years ago now. Less than scrap value at the time. I think they were spare parts for the CJ10A tugs and some 737 equipment. I looked up the skew once a long time ago.
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:25 PM
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I just bought two springs on Ebay for a '58 Dodge sedan [because they look correct] and they were.. I believe there are others on the site too and they're not expensive. So, by a set and try them.
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