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Old 10-12-2023, 03:04 PM   #1
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VW Beetle Cabriolet 2004 - door actuator failed and deadlocked

The passenger side door lock actuator failed on our 2004 Beetle cabriolet. I believe it is related to the actuator lever not fully returning and 'resetting' the mechanism. This went whilst the door was shut. I followed the youtube stuff to remove the grooved peg in the door handle and get the door card slightly off. After 3 hours of fiddling the door popped open. I was able to remove the door handle lock but did not have the mutlipointed tool to remove the acutator. I re-closed the door as the car was in use thinking I could pop the door open again once I had purchased the tool. fast forward a few days later and now the door won't re-open. I can get the handle off, I have even been able to remove the entire inside door panel and I can reach the actuator and move all the levers but it seems to have deadlocked. Because the cabriolet door overlaps the rear panel I can't get to the catch and because of the solid design of the rear panel on the inside i can't get to the other side of the door latch. Each attempt I only have a small window of opportunity to try and move the actuator levers before the central locking resets, I can't get to the door hinges because the door is shut. All the electrics are still connected although of course I can't get to the fuse box because it is at the end of the dash, hidden between the closed door and the end of the dash. There appears to be no advice online for this set of circumstances and I am the point of smashing the actuator or cutting the entire door off
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Old 10-12-2023, 04:14 PM   #2
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Re: VW Beetle Cabriolet 2004 - door actuator failed and deadlocked

Only one think I can is disconnect your battery. Don't know of any special cautions, radio codes, idle relearn etc. I'd research that or call a dealer service department and ask about disconnecting the battery. Might be something in Owners manual.
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