Door lock mechanism £550 - anyone know a man that can ?

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  1. Branston1080

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    My habitation door lock mechanism is not working. The rods etc are fine and I can lock the door and unlock it as long as I don't pull the handle. It looks like the hammer bit of the lock has a spring or something missing as it doesn't return into place if the handle is pulled.

    You have to buy the whole mechanism at a cost of £550! I need someone who can fix the mechanism.
    Any ideas anyone?

    Thanks

    Branston1080
     
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    If you can remove the mechanism, why not pop down to a local locksmiths and see if you can purchase a suitably sized spring. That's what I'd do!
     
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    Branston 1080 take a look at the link below, I am sure that a professional locksmith will be able to sort it out for you & a lot less than £550.

    http://www.locksmiths.co.uk

    Hope this helps

    Mike
     
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    Thanks Mike

    I'll give it a try, even a call out has to be much cheaper. My vans a Knaus Sun ti and I've found the lock in a 2010 ZADI catalogue. My issue being not quite sure which bit is broken - it's not an obvious big bit! I can't seem to find anywhere that I could purchase the lock from if its that.

    Thanks all
     
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    hi I have a couple of locks around -have you a pic or two so I know what I am looking for-not saying I have one or not yet ;)
    terry
     
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    doorlock.jpg doorlock1.JPG doorlock2.JPG
    Hi Terry
    Here are some pics of the lock. Its the hammer arm that does not return back to position when you pull the handle. I wonder if there is something missing from the black bit adjacent on the rod to the hammer?

    Any thoughts welcome!!
     
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    I would have thought there should be a circle spring to return the hammer. I don't have our van right now, so I can't check for you. Something like this:
    Torsion-Spring.jpg
     
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    @Branston1080 I have studied your photos a bit more closely. I could very well be wrong, but look at this:
    doorlock2.JPG
    The points marked 'A' look very much like spring retainer points. 'B' looks like the remnants of a spring behind the hammer!
     
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    @DanielFord thank you. Being a typical women what does that actually mean? If it is that is it a replacement spring?
     
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    I would certainly think so. I think you have 3 options.
    1) Remove the whole assembly and dismantle the mechanism, measure the spring remnants and arm length and order a new one. Reassemble when the new one arrives. Probably cost about £2.
    2) Take the removed assembly to a locksmiths and ask them to source a replacement spring. This will cost a little more.
    3) Call out a locksmith (use check a trade to find a good one) have them repair it in situ. This will cost you parts plus call out.

    All the above will be considerably less than £550
     
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    Thank you, probably option 3! Much appreciated - saved by the funsters again!!
     
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    You definitely have a spring missing, I replaced a damaged handle 2 years ago and have the old set in the garage.
    From my photos you can see the locating part of the spring.
    If you want I can send you the spring pm me your address and I will post it on Tuesday
    Cheers
     

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    If the lock has been removed for the photos, option 2 will be far cheaper. If you pre book and drive the van to them they should refit for you.
    I had a stuck habitation lock, wife removed key halfway through cycle, they unpicked lock, said it was good practice and experience, and only wanted price of a pint. Locksmith near chantry bridge wakefield.
     
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    @tremybach that's a really kind offer thank you. I may take you up on that offer if the locksmith can't sort it. Thank you
     
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    Hi sorry don't have one like that but agree there is a spring missing (y)
    terry
     
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    Yup, that's what went on ours. They wanted to replace the whole door :Eeek: .
     
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    Why am I not surprised by that! I Remember many moons ago my brother had an MGTF, it failed it's MOT due to fogged headlamp lenses. My brother not being too techy with cars was about to pay £100's to have 2 new headlamps installed. I stepped in, dismantled the headlamps, cleaned the lenses with fairy liquid and put the headlamps back in. Total cost to my brother, a bottle of fairy, and a case of beer! We were both quids in :D
    Strangely my brother never used that MOT station again!
     
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