: Passenger door handle lock-out



Noles91
08-15-10, 06:59 AM
I'm a 2006 STS owner and over the last winter I had trouble with the driver side door not opening. Well that went away and now the passenger side door won't open. I brought it in and after the replacement of the outside handle $450 then a phone call later saying I needed the interior handle replaced as well $150. It works intermittently at best! any suggestions as to what might be wrong?

Second, after reading past threads I purchased on e-bay a wood steering wheel. However it has the heated button and the OEM does not. Will it work? I have not had it installed yet or called around.

CadillacSTS42005
08-15-10, 10:06 AM
It will install but youll need to switch the buttons as the heat element will not work

Noles91
08-15-10, 10:19 AM
Thank you for the response!
I plan on bringing it to the dealer soon. Can you explain further on what I need to say to the service rep. I expect the dealer to say it's not plug and go. I don't care about the heated steering wheel or the fact I would lose the use of the 1-6 radio button. Are you saying that the dealer would remove that button and put on the wood steering wheel? Again thank you love this site!!

Dead_Cow
08-16-10, 03:51 PM
This is going to sound like a smartass reply, but it's not. Some WD-40 in one of the holes in the side of the door (remove the largest grommet near the top of the door), spray some WD in liberally) alleviates this for me for years at a time when this happens (sticking door pull).

next2pool
08-17-10, 03:27 PM
Thank you for the response!
I plan on bringing it to the dealer soon. Can you explain further on what I need to say to the service rep. I expect the dealer to say it's not plug and go. I don't care about the heated steering wheel or the fact I would lose the use of the 1-6 radio button. Are you saying that the dealer would remove that button and put on the wood steering wheel? Again thank you love this site!!

I did the same thing a few months ago. You unscrew the switch modules (one on each side) and you switch them with the new wheel and leave the heater connection on the new wheel unplugged. You will retain all of your current functionality but not have a heated wheel.It's very easy and don't let the dealer talk you out of it--frankly, you can do the whole thing yourself in 1/2 hour.