Hey all. I'm a new owner of a 98 vw beetle. I've had the thing for two weeks and its been the biggest nightmare. The drivers door stopped opening and lock cylinder slides out. The same thing sometimes happens on the passenger door. I took the whole thing apart there seems to be a spring that fits into a hook on the latch mechanism. When the handle is pulled it pulls a cable which pulls the hook but the way its designed if you pull the cable too much it moves the hook far enough that the spring slides out of the little hook. Bad design? Also the lock cylinder seems to be held in simply by a screw in the door pressing against it? When I tighten that screw the door handle binds. Then problem is that the P/O installed speakers and ive no idea what all was ruined in doing that. It seems with my searches a lot of these locks fail. Butnit seems a lot more alarm issues than latch. Is the lock mechanical or also run by these micro switches? Please if anyone could shed some light or point me to where this has been previously answered that would be great.