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Rusty metal flakes from exterior door handle


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What look like flakes of rust keep appearing in my exterior door handle recess. Twanging the handle makes a few more fall out. I can't see where they are coming from. Maybe the handle has an internal spring that is already corroding? The car is 4 years old but lives outside.

I'm contemplating ordering a spare pair of door handles (£17ish+VAT each) while they are still available, as at some point I'm thinking that they will fall to bits.

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To try and stop the rot, I decided to drench the door handles with ACF50 corrosion inhibiter fluid. The very next day the car’s central door locking breaks! Coincidence???

Anyway it was just a blown fuse, with the factory having installed one rated at 7.5A, instead of 10A as per the workshop manual. All working well now and hopefully the door handles will survive a bit longer.

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The metal parts that touch the exterior door handle are the 2 nuts that hold it to the door, and the rod that connects to the latch mechanism. I don't believe the handle has a spring itself, and relies on the spring in the latch to return the handle to the neutral position. 

If I had to wager a guess, it would be the rod itself is maybe a bit rusty on the end, being mild steel. 

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