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Door handle parts (spring)

I took my door handle apart to fix the locking mechanism and found the spring is broken. I've looked online to try to find a replacement spring but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know if this spring is available anywhere?

Also, as you can probably tell from the picture, the chrome is pretty much gone so at some point I'll either need to get these re-chromed or buy new door handles... which brings up the next question. Do the new door handles and/or lock sets contain the spring (I thought I saw where someone said it didn't).

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Also, as you can probably tell from the picture, the chrome is pretty much gone so at some point I'll either need to get these re-chromed or buy new door handles... which brings up the next question. Do the new door handles and/or lock sets contain the spring (I thought I saw where someone said it didn't).
The new door handles from Classic Alfa do not have the locking mechanism, the cylinder, or the spring.
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Have you asked a locksmith?

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uhmm....is this not the spring in question?

a DIY solution was outlined here, if it is:
https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/ele...le-spring.html
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uhmm....is this not the spring in question?

a DIY solution was outlined here, if it is:
https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/ele...le-spring.html
He mentioned the lock mechanism, so I interpreted as the circular spring that returns the lock cylinder to the upright position (shown in bottom of the OP's photo).

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aha..
Ok, I get it now.....this little spring?
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Think "coil return spring" first... Ace or auto parts store. Try to find a coil return spring as a donor with a close wire diameter and inside diameter. I found a 29/32" size that eyeballs from the photo as close.. It might be somewhere between 5/8 -- 3/4" ... It doesn't have to be dead nuts metric and a perfect clone.. Then ogle the number of windings on your broken one and where the ears are supposed to be and cut out a section of the donor allowing to bend the ears in proper orientation with needle nose pliers. I can't see from the photo how the tumber acts against the tension of the spring but this should keep you busy.. Attached is an example of what path I would take. https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...9207/9110109-p
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aha..
Ok, I get it now.....this little spring?
Yes. It has two tangs that straddle the little post as shown in your photo. The OP's spring only has one of the tangs.

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Yes, it's the little round spring with the two tangs. I believe it's called a barrel key lock cylinder spring? The closest I could find was on ebay from a seller in Turkey... but it's a bit pricey for a test fit. My door handle works, only I can't lock it from the outside, just from the inside.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ignition-Sw...o/223438860500
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Philosophically, Spider door locks are like screen doors on a submarine.
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Philosophically, Spider door locks are like screen doors on a submarine.

LOL, true. Just a pocket knife and you are through the top and opening the door.

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Yes.. but we do whatever necessary to scratch the itch.. I'm just as bad. Gotta fix it even if ya don't use it! Gotta be right. It comes from many years of looking at other owners's cars and having him say.. "That doesn't work.. but I never needed it." I think the term "no excuses" is hollow. I haven't found many used cars that have "no excuses".... Get that spring fixed.. onward and upward.
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Uncle, that would certainly affirm the Italian expression, "L'opportunità fa il ladro"; "Opportunity makes the thief".

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Abeasley where are you located? If USA I might have one of those springs hanging around I can drop in the mail to you. I’ll check tonight or tomorrow if u confirm your location

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I'm in Anderson, SC. I think we are still a part of the Union, hard to tell from watching the news.

If you have an extra I'd appreciate it!

Thanks!
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