Author Topic: W116 Door Handles  (Read 377 times)

postman70

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W116 Door Handles
« on: 20 January 2019, 06:53 AM »
Hello everyone..was wondering if someone can shed some light on this for me...Are the outside door handles on the W116 interchangeable between left and right? I'm looking for the drivers side front door handle and some places I contacted tell me the left and right are interchangeable they just need to flipped around.. I see the door handle has 2 part numbers on it..one you can read when the handle is turned one way and the other can be read normally if you flipped the handle around...i was just wondering since I can get a definitive answer..thanks for any help with this...

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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #1 on: 20 January 2019, 07:27 AM »
Certainly looks like it. I was thinking of doing it as the driver's has a different lock and the passenger's is original. Needless to say I haven't got around to doing it even though its a very simple job just to see if it will work.
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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #2 on: 20 January 2019, 05:12 PM »
Can't say for sure, but that would be an unlikely surprise. I went all the way for a few years, hunting down locks/keys and everything NOS linked to these doors. Never saw anything, or anyone suggesting left and right are the same. And Benz.. would they intentionally create 2 numbers for 1 and the same item?

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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #3 on: 21 January 2019, 04:25 AM »
They are symmetrical, and should fit fine, albeit the lock will be upside down. I believe the difference is in that the driver side handle is driving the master vacuum valve, while the passenger side isn't.

I have a full spare set here, will have a closer look to confirm.

EDIT: OK, I had a look and to my eyes both handles look identical.
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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #4 on: 21 January 2019, 04:02 PM »
Thank you guys for checking into that for me..i just ordered a handle from ebay..be nice have a functioning lock again

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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #5 on: 22 January 2019, 04:28 AM »
They are symmetrical, and should fit fine, albeit the lock will be upside down. I believe the difference is in that the driver side handle is driving the master vacuum valve, while the passenger side isn't.

I have a full spare set here, will have a closer look to confirm.

EDIT: OK, I had a look and to my eyes both handles look identical.

I did look at a handle and turned it over and could see no difference. But as to whether Mercedes had a handle for each side is more than likely. At one time everything was individual and there was no duplication. Went to a talk given by one of their technical people after the big upheaval when they abandoned the attempt at world domination, pulling out of Chrysler etc, and the new management went right through production re-organising it. Apparently they found just that everything individually  made at considerable cost. That is what did for Rolls Royce here. 
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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #6 on: 23 January 2019, 06:31 PM »
Why not just remove the locks and change them into the door handles?
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Re: W116 Door Handles
« Reply #7 on: 24 January 2019, 05:09 AM »
Obviously a solution all things being equal but my problem was that the driver's door lock had been forced, without success, distorting the key plate. So by swapping the lot I get the original key to open the driver's door and it looks good. What could be wrong with that?
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