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Old 04-14-2003, 05:17   #1 (permalink)
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XF owners - door handles

anyone here replaced the stock door handles that always break?

im thinking camira handles might fit into the depression in the door

any info appreciatted

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Old 04-14-2003, 05:57   #2 (permalink)
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I have found that Rocca brothers (Marlows) stock 2 types, one has a smaller rivet on the gold coloured lever, the other is thicker and hence stronger. Check this when buying. Another reason the handles break is the door itself. The design of the hinges allows the door over time to drop by a few millimeters. The rear of the front door should be level with the front of the back door (use a ruler). When you open the door, you have to lift it as well, exerting extra force on the handle, eventually breaking it. To adjust the door, you have to remove the front quater panel and get someone to lift the door as you adjust it. The door, if done correctly, will open like a dream.
This may save you the trouble of modifing the door for camira handles.
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Adjust your doors and don't be so rough

I had a XF for years without one door handle breaking, also had a XE that had one handle break because the door had dropped and was not looked after.
Have you ever noticed how old farts never have broken XD-XF door handles.

Also you could mod to fit XG/XH ute doors for the front; they use a different lock assembly.

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great help thanks fellas
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I had a XF, and never used to break door handles.

Make sure the lock is not tight from years of dust and dirt. A good spray with WD-40 is always good.
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Even better than WD40, get some light grease to the inside mechanism - lasts much longer and works wonders making it feel like new.
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For the key barrel thingy, the bit the key goes in, DO NOT use anything else than graphite powder! Anything else attracts dust and also goes gummy which will seize the barrel. Just thought I'll warn you about that.
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aaah yes - good old xd-xf falcon door handles....
The handles off the te-tf????cortina's also fit. Also the chrome plated falcon/fairmont door handles are slightly stronger then the black coated ones(prob due to the plating)
From memory the rear right/front left ones are identical, also rear left/front right (this may get you out of trouble in a rush)

TIP- Make sure you check the door hinge bushes haven't worn away resulting in the handles premature failure. From experience handle failure & these hinge bush failures go hand in hand. The way to check hinge is try lifting rear of door - if door rocks on the hinge(up/down motion) needs new bushes, I think bushes are around $2 each, so much cheaper then new door handles.
remember treat the cause - not the symptoms...
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some of the hinges have seen better days, is it worth replacing the hole mechanism?

and were can you get the new bushes from?

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Have had the Same XF since 1986 and have never had a problem.

When the car went in for it's first service, the service manager showed me that when opening the doors, be sure to place your thumb on the top lip of the handle and "roll" the handle between your thumb and index finger instead of just "lifting" the handle up.

The door opens so easily as this is the way that the linkages have been designed to function.

I then trained everybody who used the car frequently to do the same and have never had a problem.

Just my 2c.

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