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Tonight, my driver's side external lock button seems to be sticking and no longer feels springy like before (or compared to the passenger side) and is causing issues locking and unlocking the car from the handle. If I pinch the button and wiggle it I can get it to cooperate, but it seems to stick again next time I push it. When it is sticking like this, grabbing the handle or touching the inside of it does not unlock the car either. I am tempted to spray a little contact cleaner in there, but can't remember if it will hurt the paint, and plus, this is why I have a warranty. Anybody else run into this issue?
 

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What is the temp where you are? Could be ice or cold just makes everything contract, if is it cold where you are try a hair dryer on it.
 

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My dealers mechanic did a custom modification on both door-handles on my car when I got this issue where the button got stuck due to ice buildup.
The dealer had done this on their demo car before with good results.
I don't know what he did since nothing is visible from the outside. But it has worked flawlessly since then.

So if your in a cold climate this is probably the cause.
 

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It has been cold for the last few weeks (low 30’s) so it sounds like others have had the same problem. I’d be curious to know the fix that your mechanic did to circumvent the issue.
 

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Update: car was in parking garage at work all day which is around 60 degrees and the button still sticks so I have an appt with Alfa service to have it looked at along with a couple of other quirks (squealing rear driver’s side brake and the steering wheel makes a rubbing sound that is audible when turning if the stereo is low).
 

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Update: car was in parking garage at work all day which is around 60 degrees and the button still sticks so I have an appt with Alfa service to have it looked at along with a couple of other quirks (squealing rear driver’s side brake and the steering wheel makes a rubbing sound that is audible when turning if the stereo is low).
Could you post any fix's the do, I have the steering wheel noise.
 

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I've got the steering wheel issue too. It doesn't really bug me, but I'd like to see what they come up with.
 

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Tonight, my driver's side external lock button seems to be sticking and no longer feels springy like before (or compared to the passenger side) and is causing issues locking and unlocking the car from the handle. If I pinch the button and wiggle it I can get it to cooperate, but it seems to stick again next time I push it. When it is sticking like this, grabbing the handle or touching the inside of it does not unlock the car either. I am tempted to spray a little contact cleaner in there, but can't remember if it will hurt the paint, and plus, this is why I have a warranty. Anybody else run into this issue?
Hey Gabbard

Having the same issue on my drivers side too. Been like that from new for me....... Get easily stuck in the depressed position and stops the key less opening functioning until you pry the button out.

Going to my local Alfa garage on the 8th. If you haven't got it sorted by then i'll let you know how i get on.
 

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Back from Alfa now

Seems they mostly replace the handle complete. So in my circumstance the handle has been ordered for my car and when it arrives at Alfa they then have to send it off to be painted.

Been told roughly 1-2 weeks until it will be ready to fit.
 

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That has been an issue with some early cars in US, you can find discussions on this forum, it is most likely not cold related, it just makes some marginal cases worse....those members that had problems with sticking button had handles replaced by dealer
 

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It could be so many things it is hard to say anything without a proper examination of the parts. Keep in mind that the handle through which the button protrudes is painted, so a tiny bit of excess paint could make the button stick in a temperature dependent fashion. PPF or wax have the potential to make it worse. There is potential for dirt/wax/water to enter the handle and cause it to jamb. There is the possibility of materials from inside the door getting in the switch and causing it to jamb. The switch itself can fail. The switch mounting can fail.

I am surprised that a physical switch was used rather than a proximity detector.

Can the doors be unlocked by using a button on the fob?
 

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Update:

Alfa Romeo in Kirkland WA kept the car overnight. They said they needed to download the logs for the car. I thought this was stupid as the issue was physical (button sticking) and not software based. They pulled the handles off and trimmed a clip or guide that was causing the hangup, and did the same on the passenger side as a preventative measurement. They said ordering handles and getting painted in Misano would take over a month and that this is the best solution for now. The button is no longer sticking, so I'm content. As for the steering wheel noise, they ended up trimming back the boot and adjusting it a bit and it also seems fine.
 

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Update:

Alfa Romeo in Kirkland WA kept the car overnight. They said they needed to download the logs for the car. I thought this was stupid as the issue was physical (button sticking) and not software based. They pulled the handles off and trimmed a clip or guide that was causing the hangup, and did the same on the passenger side as a preventative measurement. They said ordering handles and getting painted in Misano would take over a month and that this is the best solution for now. The button is no longer sticking, so I'm content. As for the steering wheel noise, they ended up trimming back the boot and adjusting it a bit and it also seems fine.
I have the same issue at both doors. good to hear that they now know how to fix it in Kirkland (I bought it there too). Time to go visit them! :)
 

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I have the same issues on both sides and attributed it to the cold weather but after sitting in the garage for two days, it’s still stuck in depressed position. Will call dealer and keep you posted.
 

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I have the same issues on both sides and attributed it to the cold weather but after sitting in the garage for two days, it’s still stuck in depressed position. Will call dealer and keep you posted.
Hi RipTek,

If you need further assistance during your dealership appointment please don't hesitate to send us a PM with your VIN and let me know!

Andrea
Alfa Romeo Social Care Specialist
 

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My driver's side just started acting up this past week. I think I'm going to pour some warm water over the handle to see it that shakes something loose, but if not, I may have to take it to the dealer (which is thankfully close). Key fob and remote starting works.
 

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What year are these cars? May be a production issue either parts, paint or both.
 
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