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So I think the other day that while I was unlocking my car doors I started pulling on the handle as I was unlocking the doors. Now the driver side door won't open from outside the car. If I am inside the car it will open but nothing from the outside. I tried taking the plastic piece off of handle and using the plastic key from the fob, but it didnt work. I did notice that when I lock the doors that the little red light blinks seven times. It is a 2007 passat wagon, 3.6L, Sport Package 1, 4 motion.

Anyone have any ideas?
 

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Haha this same thing has happened to me a few times and I'm not sure but every once in awhile the driver's door will not unlock from the outside and I've had to get into my car by opening the rear driver's side door and unlock my door from the inside... which just looks damn goofy. A few slams of the door later and it subsequently resolved itself... :screwy:
 

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:banghead: drivers side rear door cant open from the outside. Tried slamming it bout 10x, no luck. Maybe I should kick it :mad:
 

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I thought it was frozen

Dang! Same here, I thought the door would freeze in extremely low temperatures.
Had to crawl in from the back seat a couple times.
Now, this morning, the driver's door won't lock. It seems to me the lock mecanism is dying...
 

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Same issue, this fixed it!

First post on the Forum.:wave: I was already at the VW repair shop when I searched for this problem and found this post. I walked back and asked the tech if I could try something. He was as shocked as I was that the door worked after a single slam! This is our first VW and we love our 2007 Passat 4-Motion 3.6L Luxury Wagon. Thank you for this post!:thumbup:
 

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Third time now it's happened but this time no amount of slaming will help.
God I don't feel like pulling the whole door appart! :facepalm:

What I did notice is this seems to happen when I unlock the the door with the fob and pull the handle at the same time, bassically pulling the handle to early before it's unlocked.
 

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There's a collar at the top of the Bowden cable that connects your lever to the lock mechanism. This collar slips out of its retaining bracket.
Tapping the lock bolts on the side of the door can also often cause it to shift back -- but this is not a permanet fix unfortuantely

Follow the curve thru the brown outer of the cable, you can see the collar that can come out
 

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Thanks Richard.

It worked, I went out and gave it another try.
With the palm of my hand I gave the door panel around the door handle, the door handle and lock multiple wacks, then slammed the door once. Things sat back in place, you could feel the tension in the handle again.

Another remedy I read of is to pull the inner and out door handles simultaneously, although it didn't seem to work for me.

Basically when unlocking and opening the door from the outside don't rush, let it unlock and then pull the door handle gently.
 

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Hope this helps

Well just repaired the voltage wires in the door harness, piss poos design (no stress relief and should of used silicone coated wire) but that another story! Pulled the outer shin did my modifications and worked great!!! Buttoned it all up, one last check...window :) ...fuel door :) trunk ;) ... remote locks :D ... unlock :D ... open the door ... open the door .... :mad: @#%%@&*. After reading this thread and was not going to pull the door again, but I did pull the key assembly and handle. Looking inside I could see where the cable was attached and did not see anything that would cause it to bind. Closed the door pulled the cable it opened. After playing with it for 20 min... WOW really :eek: So when I put the plastic cable nipple back in the handle I pulled it, and inserted towards me (tension on the cable). Re-installed the handle and just seated the plastic nipple into the handle ...No Tension!! The only thing I can think of is, the throw on the power locks must bind something inside, however it's released when the inside handle is used (until you lock it again :screwy:) So Release the key assembly set screw, remove the assembly, remove the plastic nipple from handle, re-install nipple (No tension!!!). Re-install key assy and tighten set screw Let me know if that helps.

 
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