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Repairing C6 Door Open Touchpads



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FranV8

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Sun 30 Apr 17 20:20

Repairing C6 Door Open Touchpads


Had to solve a problem on Mum's C6 today where the driver's door wouldn't open from the outside.

The doors have a touchpad/rubber rectangular button on the inside of the doorskin.

Unfortunately the C6 can suffer more complicated issues with the keyless entry system, but if your symptoms are that the fob seems to operate everything else properly (boot open, sound the horn etc.) but the door won't open or needs a really tight squeeze, this ten minute job will see you back to as good as new before you can say "shall I climb in through the boot?"

First you will need to get the door open, that can be done through the functioning side or the emergency mechanical release procedure.

Undo the two philips head screws retaining the button and its black plastic frame. This then slides off to the rear. Disconnect the wiring connector but put something on the words to stop it falling back into the door. I used a bulldog clip.

Put the switch down on your work surface and remove the small self tapping screws. There is one easy to miss in the middle of the wiring connector.

It will come apart in two halves. Now you have exposed the bit you need to work on.

You will probably see the copper tracks in the nameplate are tarnished and similar on the plated steel contacts on the back of the rubber button. You can use contact cleaner, an Indian rubber or in my case, a few minutes with some Brasso wadding(other metal polishes are available)

Once cleaned (note only half the tracks will polish in the base unit, I think the other trace is embedded deeper and may be part of the antenna system to communicate with the fobs) remove any residue with dry paper towel. Finish the inside with either some dielectric grease, or in this case Vaseline I've always had good results with.

As per the old adage, refit is reverse of removal. As it was so easy do the other side as a preventative measure.

Final part, open a beer and congratulate yourself on a job well done.



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FranV8

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Sun 30 Apr 17 20:22

Re: Repairing C6 Door Open Touchpads


Few more.


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Tue 02 May 17 16:33

Re: Repairing C6 Door Open Touchpads


Hi,
There is video on the net showing how to refurbish the touchpad when it starts to give problems.


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