Hello (first post) and sliding door lock advice...

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jjht25
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Hello (first post) and sliding door lock advice...

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Hi,

I'm Jon and new to the forums... My family and I have just bought a T25 which is a 1980 air-cooled 2.0 CU model. I'm having trouble getting the sliding door to stay locked and the only way at the minute is to stick a screwdriver into the internal lock toggle to hold it down. It won't lock from outside. Not really sure if there's a quick DIY fix or who to take it to that might be able to sort it. :oops:

Thanks in advance... :D

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Re: Hello (first post) and sliding door lock advice...

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Does the key turn in the lock when locking from outside?

I would try taking the door card off and removing the handle, then you can see if the lock is moving all the way across when you lock it from inside.

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Re: Hello (first post) and sliding door lock advice...

Post by TONYT25T25 »

Mine had a problem and I found that I was not closing the door firm enough to allow all sections slot into place.  Have you tried closing it from the outside not using the handle but having a firm hold on the panel and then pushing and sliding into shut position.  Then from the inside see if the locking bolt works.  It is a mechanical function so something may have worn.
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Re: Hello (first post) and sliding door lock advice...

Post by jjht25 »

Thank you for the replies... It's a pain not to have a proper lock on your van!

Mechanically the door is running well... We've got the knack of closing it with gentle pressure on the panel. And it's smooth 🤠

The key turns in the lock okay... It just doesn't stay locked and seems to slip when you use the handle! I'll get the door card off and post a pic 👍 I'm learning that you just have to get stuck in with these vans 😬

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