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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW Door Panels &
Lock Troubleshooting

Difficulty Level: 4
Difficulty scale: Adding air to your tires is level one
Rebuilding a BMW Motor is level ten

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     If you are not the original owner of your BMW, chances are there are quite a few things amiss with your car, and you are left wondering how they got broken. There probably isn’t a place on the car with more gadgets and devices that break than the door. Not only do you have window glass and potentially leaky seals, but you have door handles, mirror switches, window regulators, door stays, and door panels—all of which are very susceptible to breakage or damage. Even if you only work on your car from time to time, there is a very good chance you will need to dive into the door to fix something that has broken. This project specifically targets the replacement of the door lock assembly, but because there are so many moving parts on the door, I’ll discuss just about everything else as well.

     The first step in working on your car door is removing the door panel. (An important note: If you’re looking to remove your outside mirror, you do not need to remove the door panel; see Project 76.) Photos 1 and 2 detail the process of door panel removal. The toughest part is pulling the panel out from the door—it is attached with 11 plastic clips that can be difficult to snap out of their frames. Also, the door panel often separates as you pull it away from the frame, leaving the plastic door pockets attached. Never fear, though, these are easily glued back on at reassembly time with some 3M Super Weatherstrip glue.

     With the door panel removed, you should see a foam covering glued onto the back side of the door. A black, sticky goo attaches this to the door, which can be removed and reused again if material is still pliable. Be careful not to tear the foam covering when you remove it, though.

     With the panel removed, you will have access to a number of items inside the door. The door stay can simply be unbolted from the door frame and removed. The plastic door handle can easily be swapped out. The window regulator can be removed or repaired (see Project 70). Any door seals or channel guides that need renewing are accessible to you as well. If any door-mounted speakers are broken, don’t forget to replace them while you have the chance. The E36 speakers have a thin outer lip on their housing that often cracks as people bang on the door panel with their feet and knees. Unfortunately, this small lip is an integrated part of the speaker, and you must replace the entire speaker with a new one if you want to fix the broken lip.

     One common failure point of the E36 BMWs is the small switch located inside the power lock assembly. These switches get a lot of use, and when they wear out, they can cause all sorts of problems. Switches that are stuck open tell the car the door is ajar all the time. The dashboard chime may ring continuously, or the gauge cluster may experience some erratic behavior. If the switch is stuck closed, then coupe and convertible owners may have a heck of a time opening and closing their doors because the window won’t roll down that 1/4-inch or so to allow you to pull it away from the car. The replacement of the lock assembly is detailed in the sequence in Photo 5.

     On my 1993 E36, I had a really tough time chasing down a fault with the alarm system and door locks. I thought for sure it was related to the door switches, but in the end, the problem was related to faulty wiring in the trunk. (See Photo 2 of Project 82 for more details on this failure.)

     Closing up the door panel is straightforward. I always like to use new plastic door panel clips because not only are the new ones cheap, the old ones get brittle and may break in the very near future, causing an annoying rattle. Don’t forget to install the foam covering. It’s very common to accidentally leave this on your workbench, only to discover it later on when you’re putting your tools away!

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Figure 1
Shown here is the sequence for removing the door panel. A: Slide the outer door handle trim piece toward the front of the car to remove it. B: On this convertible, there’s an additional hidden screw on the passenger-side door handle underneath a small plastic plug. The location and quantity of screws varied slightly over the years. C: Below the handle, two small plastic plugs cover two screws that secure the handle of the door panel to the door frame. D: Eleven of these small plastic clips secure the outer edges of the door panel to the door frame. Carefully pry each of these out of their mating holes to remove the door panel from the door.
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Figure 2
Shown here is the back side of the left (driver side) door panel from an E36 convertible. There are 11 plastic clips that attach the panel to the door. You need to remove each of these clips from the door prior to removing the door panel. It will feel like you’re breaking the door panel, but you will need to apply significant force to pull off each of the plastic clips. Use a stiff plastic spatula to wedge the door panel out without scratching the paint on the door. The blue arrows show the back sides of the two door speakers, and the red arrow shows the side mirror switch.
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Figure 3
With the door panel removed, you should see the foam covering (top). This material has a plastic back to keep moisture out of the door and a foam front to help reduce noise in the interior. Carefully remove the foam barrier by peeling it back. It’s attached to the door with a gooey, black adhesive. Be careful not to tear the piece as you remove it. The bottom photo shows the door with the foam barrier removed. The purple arrows point to the four rivets that need to be drilled out if you are removing the window regulator. The blue arrow shows the Allen bolt that holds the end of the window regulator to the door. In the inset photo, you can see the back sides of the two door speakers. These speakers need to be disconnected prior to removing the door panel. Reach around the top of the door panel and disconnect the wire harnesses by pulling on them carefully.
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Figure 4
The mirror switch simply pops out of the door panel (left). If you need to replace this switch, pry it up out of the door and unplug it. If you’re removing the door panel, then remove this switch. The plastic door handle is a part that can wear out and break (center). With the door panel removed, replacement is a snap. Simply unbolt the door handle, detach it from the actuator rod, and install the new one in its place. While you have access, you might want to replace your door stay, if it’s worn out (right). Simply unbolt it and remove the pin from the body.
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Figure 5
This photo sequence shows the procedure for replacing the lock actuator and switch assembly. A: Start by disconnecting the wire harness that attaches to the lock actuator. B: Remove the Torx bolts that hold the entire latch assembly to the door. Don’t forget the bolt that is on the side of the door. C: Loosen and/or disconnect the actuator rod (green arrow) from the door lock assembly. D: Maneuver the assembly out of the door with your hand. E: Pull the entire assembly out of the door so you can access the black plastic actuator on the top of the latch assembly. F: Remove the actuator from the top of the latch assembly, and replace it with your new one.
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Comments and Suggestions:
Faye Comments: Thanks Nick for your answer to my question, The remote key locks the doors manually and arm the alarm. But cannot open the door automatically. Alarm sounds low and the lights flashes. Cannot detect the sound when I am in the house. I went to the dealer and was told I need new keys.
September 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would err on the side of the dealer's recommendation. Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Flow Young Comments: Hi, I have a 1994 e36 320i. There seems to be a mechanical problem with my door locks. When I lock them using the remote, the clicking/locking seems to be much fainter than beforehand. That would normally not be a big deal, however when I try to unlock it, it will not work. It makes a very muffled clicking/unlocking sound, and the lock switch lights blink as they normally would. But the doors stay closed, as if the locking mechanism is stuck somehow. I can then only open it using my key, but that requires much more force than it normally does, which seems to backup my idea of something being stuck. What would be the correct way to fix this problem? Thank you.
September 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The lock actuator in the latch is probably faulty. Once they wear out, they will stick in one position. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Faye Comments: The remote key for my bmw330i2004unlocks the doors but does not lock them. It also automatically opens the trunk. My alarm sounds low and the light flashes. What could be wrong?
September 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Will the doors lock with a key and does the alarm arm? If so, you may have a faulty remote key. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Shayne Comments: Hello there, 1987 325e 2 door. Passanger door will not manually lock or unlock and electircal locks do not work. only on passanger door. Any suggestions? Thanks
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Inspect the lock actuator, it may have failed. Check the signal to the actuator when locking and unlocking the door. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jibran Comments: 98 M3. driver door wont lock or unlock with key. The passenger door lock and trunk unlock/lock all doors. I feel no tension from the lock when I turn the key in the driver door lock. What is the problem? I do not think it is the actuator because the the other locks unlock the drivers door.
August 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The connection from the lock cylinder to the latch is faulty. Remove the door panel and window regulator, then inspect the components on the lock cylinder. It may just be detached. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Afe Comments: E36 318is coupe, drivers door won't close completely. Nothing is in the way, seems like door mechanism just isn't holding door closed properly. I'm out of ideas. Any help would be appreciated.
August 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The door latch could be faulty. Try opening the door, with the door open,latch the latch with a flathead screwdriver. Does the latch hold? If not it could be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: any reason why the door lock "pins" won't move up or down when locking with the key? I can hear the doors locking, and they do indeed lock and unluck but the "pins" don't move at all. Both driver and passenger door.
July 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The rods could be detached from the latch, or the latches could be broken. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
LadyV Comments: Hello - On my 2000 M Roadster, my key fob and my key both work to set the locks and unlock them as well. However, even once the doors are locked and the alarm is set, I hear what sounds like the doors trying to lock again. Any ideas what that might be? I've checked all fuses to do with anti-theft as well as remote locking. Huge drain on the battery...
July 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would disconnect an actuator and see if that is the noise. Start with one, then the other side. If it doesn't latch properly, it may continue to try to lock the door. This could be from a worn or fault actuator. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMWFAN Comments: Hi I have a 2001 BMW530i the doors are not locking or unlocking with the remote only with the key i have sent it to a bmw mechanice but he can not find the problem what could be the problem
July 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be the key or the general module. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
hammerheadmanny Comments: Hi, my power door locks dont work in my 1996 328is, i was wondering what the problem is. The lock switch lights up and all but when i press it to lock my doors it doesnt respond. Can you help me?
July 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the fuses, I think F7 is the fuse for the switch. If the switch has power, and is sending a signal to the body module. the body module may be at fault. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
James Comments: I have an 89 325is, when I try to lock my driver side door, the passenger door and trunk will not lock and the driver side door immediately pops up again. When I lock the passenger door, the trunk and the passenger door lock but the driver side doesn't budge, any suggestions? I was thinking driver side actuator, but it could be a bad control module?
July 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be a faulty actuator on the driver side. If it doesn't see the door locked, and only sees the unlock signal (if stuck in that position), it will kick the lock back up and prevent the other doors from locking. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Soulman295 Comments: I'm really glad I found this. We have a '01 530d and two issues have come about. First, If I insert the key fob is dead to the left, it unlocks all doors, but then quickly locks them again. I quickly pull my handle, hop in and press the button on the center console to unlock the doors for good. Second, if I turn the key to the right, nothing happens. Is this the actuator?
June 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be a door switch, a short or a bad actuator / latch. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
raaz Comments: We can not get into the boot. 523i BMW. Electrical. We can hear it trying to click open but it doesn't quite release. We can't get in through the back seat either to get into the boot.
May 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The only way I know is to climb into trunk from passenger compartment, then remove plastic trim panel and release lock. If you can't get in, try lubricating the lock and letting it soak. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jeazus Comments: I bought a uses e36 and it didn't come with the master key , and today like I would try to unlock the door , and I pulled the door Handle from the inside and it locks itself , is their a way I could turn that off ? So it won't lock when I try to open it
May 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, that option is built into the vehicle anti-theft software. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Daryl Comments: hi, i've just bought a 2003 E46 convertible and within days my drivers door wont unlock with the fob. Nor will it from the inside.. it will however lock with the fob.. I can excess with key manually but not ideal. Since wingling the door panel & trying some more I have got to work a couple more times so I guess nothings failed completely.. Maybe a pinched wire/locking switch/relay? Any suggestions, thank you.
May 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would suggest inspecting the wiring that runs through the loom in the door jamb. You may also have a failing actuator / door latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sergey Comments: Hello.Mine is 99 740iL. Driver door locks with remote or keys, but I can only unlock it form inside and only using the inside door handle. When I engage the remote, the pin comes up and down, but with no effect. I pulled everything apart,but could not "get it." It goes without saying, that I'll be in your debt for the advise and if I need to buy some parts, I'll place the order here. Thank you in advance.
May 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like the latch is not working. If it locks, but till not unlock; confirm the signal to the actuator is present, if so, replace the door latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
charlie Comments: hello we have a 94 320i E36 love it but we were using the boot to lock the car as my partner stuffed up the drivers lock then my son used the key to open the front passenger door now the back doors will not open at all not even from the inside???
May 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the front lock had already failed, and you were getting by with the rear, the rear may have failed the same way. You are going to have to manually unlock, then inspect the lock cylinder switches. I would guess they are faulty.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
kampy Comments: Also, are the schematics in the Bentley for the doors accurate? I am not sure why there is a switch in series with the motors because the central locking module controls the signal to the door locks. What does the switch do? This is not the door strike switch or the key switch.
April 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Bentley builds their diagrams via multiple sources. I would imagine the diagram is accurate. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kampy Comments: I have an odd issue with my central locking. '92 325i. They were working fine then started getting intermittent. For a bit they tried to work, you could hear the doors click like they were trying but they would not lock/unlock. It was like they were not getting enough. Is there a splice somewhere that feeds the door solenoids?
April 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your best bet would be to gain access to the solenoids and check the voltage signal to them. If voltage is low, dig a bit deeper. You may have a fault solenoid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Angela Comments: I have a 2000 Z3. Someone broke a key off inside my driver's door lock. Dissambled & removed the key tumbler/handle mechanism. There does not appear anyway to access the tumbler - seems to be all one unit. Is there a way to dissamble to remove the broken key? Key not where you can pick or grab it out.
April 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not that I am aware of. You will have to replace the tumbler. You can order one keyed to your vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: I have a problem with my 98 318ti windows working. I cleaned the car this winter and sprayed some WD40 in the door locks to keep them from frezing and then a noticed the windows were not working. I have checked all the fueses and wiring and it is all aprears ok. I tryed to use the door key feture to roll up the windows and it did move the window a 1/4 of an inch up. The door locks work like they did before, I have to wigle the key some times to get them to work,it's like the key is whearing out. I only got the window to move once. None of the window switches do any thing. Do you think this problem would generate a code? what would I need to read it? Any suggestions would be vary mutch appreciated.
April 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A scan tool would help you perform a function test and confirm if it was an input or output problem. I would gain access to the window motors and check for battery positive and battery negative when operating the switch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fiuza Comments: I have a BMW 325i year 1995 and the door on the right side passenger does not open I see it does not work the electric drive of the two doors on the right side, and I would like to know where is the fuses and
April 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The fuses are located in the glove box, in a fuse panel. There will be a white sheet that identifies the fuses and ratings. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mo Khan l Comments: Hi, i recently purchased. A 2008 bmw 335i convertible M Sport. The passenger side door will not open. I know the latch has come out of place. My question is how do i access the latch if the door dont open? And on top of that the window does not go fully down. Is there a way to get the door card off without opening the door?

Thanks
April 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove the interior door panel. Then you can manually open the door. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Z Star Comments: I have a 2000 Z3 in Cape Town. The ' door button will not normally close when using the remote but does when the outside temperature is high. Can you please explain why this may happen. The passenger door is fine and the lock works ok with the key.

Many thanks

April 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The actuator in the door latch may be failing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bill Comments: I have an E36 '93 740i. The driver's side door is locked in the lock position and does not respond to the remote or the key or the handles inside or out. The passenger side door also doesn't respond but that door is unlocked. The back doors unlock and lock using the remote with no problems. I checked the fuses and tried replacing the controller and the relays to no avail. Any ideas?
April 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would remove the door panels. Then latch the door latches closed. Then try to unlock and lock the door while monitoring the signal to the actuators. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Yota Comments: Hi, 2002 X5after my driver window actuator was changed, the alarm light stopped working, the lock and unlock button on the keys stopped working.the inside lock and unlock button too isnt working. I a can only use the key to open the trunk. What could be my problem? wiring during door reassembling?
March 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like something may have been left disconnected in the door. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rogue65 Comments: I am having a problem with my power windows, replaced the arm and when I use the switch, the motor whirs and clicks but does nothing. I didn't buy a motor with the arm, is that THE fault?
March 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure. You could have a bad regulator or a stripped motor drive. I would disassemble it and inspect the components. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
markrumple Comments: I have a 97 318is coupe and I was having trouble about a week after I bought it trying to open the doors manually. Both doors and trunk wont turn left or right. Is it an issue with the tumblers in the lock mechanism. Could a faulty actuator cause the tumblers to seize up? Would appreciate some advise. -Mahalo
March 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Both lock cylinder could be seized. I would remove the door panel, then detach the lock rods from the lock cylinders. If the lock cylinders still don't move, they are seized. If they do move, the fault may be in the door latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jeremy Comments: As for below comment. Sorry, when using the key in the drivers door, it will unlock the passenger door, but won't re-lock it again. Alarm/factory remotes won't lock or unlock
February 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jeremy Comments: Hi, I have an e36 coupe and the passenger door won't lock/unlock with the alarm remote or the factory door remote. Using the key in the drivers door will not lock/unlock it either. It does lock/unlock manually from inside the car though. Ideas?
February 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the lock cylinder switch is faulty. I would gain access to it and check if the wiring is intact or damaged. I have seen them become disconnected. If the wiring is OK, the switch itself might be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lou Comments: Disregard my previous request about my stuck door. I ended up pulling the door from the inside while applying pressure to the inside door handle and the mechanism finally unlatched.
February 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Lou Comments: I have a 2000 Z3 roadster. My wife closed the passenger side door when the seat belt was partially in the door. Now the door will not open from the inside or outside. The locking mechanism works the door lock up and down, I have tried the door handles both inside and outside but the door will not open. I tried putting hard pressure on the inside door panel while pulling on the handle but the door won't budge. How can I get my door open?
February 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Here is your follow up:

Disregard my previous request about my stuck door. I ended up pulling the door from the inside while applying pressure to the inside door handle and the mechanism finally unlatched. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Steve-O Comments: Nick,

Solenoid or Actuator ?
part # ?

Steve
February 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: More or less the same thing. I believe it is part of the latch. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Steve-O Comments: 97 328is. When the outside temperature cools, the little black door button/latch moves slowly.
Sometimes only partially movingpopping up/down or not at all via alarm FOB.
Opening/closing door lock with the Keys, always works.
Thx for your input.
February 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The solenoid could be freezing when cold. You can either live with it or replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jakeyboy34 Comments: Hi there, ive got 97' e36 328i 2dr coupe! Ive been experiencing problems with my central locking and aftermarket alarm, you can press the lock button on the aftermarket button and the trunk and petrol flap will lock and sometimes the passenger but not the driver, and sometimes vice versa being the driver will lock and the passenger not. This also happenss with the key aswell, but recently ive lost both front doors and only the trunk and flap lock.. Ive repaired the notorious trunk wire failure too but clueless to what this could be?! Help!!! Cheers Jake
February 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll have to figure out where the aftermarket alarm is attached. If it is to the GEM, it could be a wiring issue or a GEM issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Craig Comments: My 1999 BMW 328i 4 door locks are not working properly.
First, the key will not manually lock/unlock the doors.
Second, the remote key will lock/unlock the doors, but within seconds, the car relockes itself.
Third, sometimes the driver side window does not automatically go all the way back up on its own after closing the door.
Please tell me that there is one easy solution to all three problems!
January 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. The problem may be with the GME module, checking it for fault codes is the best place to start.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mccaff Comments: I have a 2001 e46 coupe all locks work fine with the key but wen I push the button all doors and boot will lock but wen I push the bottom to open it all locks accept for the driver side open I've tried a new gm5 module which was no use also wen I drive the car the central locking will only lock the passanger side also wen I push the button to lock the car below the hazards only the pass side will open and close does this sound like an actuator failure as I have a replacement bt don't want to fit it for mo reason thank you for ur help it's much appreciates btw it's a uk model
January 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If just the driver side door malfunctions in one position, it could be the actuator. You can check the signal to the actuator, if it is present when you lock, the actuator is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
coret Comments: Hello,
Have 2000 bmw 323ci. key doesn't unlock the car manualy but locks it, from drivers side. Keyless doesn't work or central locking alothough i hear them click when i press the button. On the spare key keyless works but won't unlock doors just the trunk and it won't start the car. What could be the problem?
January 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the GEM module or a door switch. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Taylor Comments: I have a 1994 325is with framless windows. Recently since the cold weather has picked up my passenger door is not latching. Or if it does omce the drivers side is opened the window drops the slight amount as if the door is open and the door needs to be hit to latch into place. Is it just the latch that needs to be changed? We wd40d the latch and it loosened it because it was sluggish but it is not clicking into place. If u push the latch manually it just slides back up. Thank you.
January 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a bad or dirty latch. I would do as you mentioned, clean the latch with WD40, open and close it a bunch, then lubricate it. If function returns, you likely had a dirty latch switch. If it doesn't, you may have to replace the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nathan Comments: Hi,

This is additional info for below - I forgot to mention, the remote locking works fine and so do the windows, the manual door lock doesn't work though.
January 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nathan Comments: Hi,

I have a bmw320ci e46 2002, on the dash board it flashes up intermittently that the drivers door is open, the window goes up and down as though the door is being opened and if parked up sets the alarm off, I can lock the doors and disconnect the battery to stop this, but to do this every time is a ball ache.

What could be the problem?
January 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a bad or dirty latch. I would clean the latch with WD40, open and close it a bunch, then lubricate it. If function returns, you likely had a dirty latch switch. If it doesn't, you may have to replace the lat - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tendy Comments: i have a BMW E46 320i... when i leave my car parked for a couple of hours, with the doors locked it sort of disables the locking system as if the battery is flat... and so when i try to manually unlock the door that keyhole where the key enters just spins round and round.. i cannot use my remote as well... however i can manually open the boot door, get to the front seat.. when i put the key in the Ignition, the car starts and the locking system recovers and starts working.. I am confused what the problem could be..
December 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your lock cylinder is worn out. I would replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
AK Comments: Hello PP, I can't open the lock from driver side and I have to open the trunk to unlock the driver side. The door will only lock from inside by pressing the button next to the gears. it will only go down when the car is running. what's going on here? Any insight would be appreciated.
December 29, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The wiring or switch to the lock cylinder may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Udrifter Comments: E36 318i trunk lock does not unlock/lock the rest of the car. But does unlock/lock with rest of car via any other method ex: driver or passenger door lock.
December 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the wiring or the switch at the trunk lock cylinder. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Derrick Comments: what is the problem if my door will not open at allfrom the inside and the door is stuck in half closed position ?
December 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your door latch (lock mechanism) is seized or jammed. From inside the vehicle, carefully remove the inner door panel and work on releasing the door latch from inside the door cavity. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rob Comments: Wow, am I glad I found this! I have a classic 1980 320ia that my family bought fresh off the boat. She's a true thoroughbred and I've maintained her in excellent condition; but suddenly she's given me the cold shoulder and refuses to let me unlock the driver's-side door. The lock is manual, and at first the key would not turn without several tries, but now it won't turn at all; and, when I try to open the door from the inside, the button won't lift and squeezing the handle results only in the button raising just a bit and the door refuses to unlock. I'd like to get an idea about the most likely problem, since I'll have to remove the door trim with the door closed; so I'd like to know if there is any special way of getting the door open and what parts, if any, I might expect to find that need replacing. This problem is exacerbated by my being 6'4" and climbing over the center console to get into the driver's seat is no picnic. Good thing that shift lever has a T-shaped top.
December 2, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Lucky that you can get into the vehicle from the passenger side. Taking off the left door inner panel (carefully so you don't damage it too much) and inspecting / repairing the door lock innards is only way. Once the panel is off, use WD40 to try to loosen up the frozen door latch mechanism. Don't forget to lube the lock cylinder (where the key fits). - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Richard Comments: Greetings
I have a 1997 e36 318is 4 doors BMW euro version.
On the driver’s side door the key will go into the lock cylinder but it won’t turn left in order to unlock and open the door, it will only turn to the right to lock the door. To be able to go into the car driver side I have to open the passenger side lock with the key or the trunk lock and then the driver side lock will open. When I am inside the car, driver seat, everything works fine from the inside; I can open the door, as well as, lock it or unlock it.
Please I need your help on what is damage? I need to know what part is damage in rank to place my order..
Advanced thank you for the broad help:
Richard
November 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Possibly the lock cylinder (where the key fits) is corroded or faulty. With door panel off, detach the lock cylinder rod from the latch and see if the key operated just the cylinder. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Johnridg Comments: Just bought a 2003 525i and both front door locks do not lock automatically with the switch or the remote. I replaced one actuator and that did nothing. Also the windows do not go down when you hold the remote button but the back windows do.
November 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have a bad GEM (General Electric Module). It receives the door lock and unlock inputs and controls the actuators. Check all your fuses. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
GirlWithTools Comments: I have a 1998 M3 convertible. The passenger side door will not close/latch completely... stays open ~1/4". I'm guessing I need to replace the latching assembly. I've never removed a door panel before, but I am handy with tools, and your article gives me hope I can do this myself. Can you help me put together a shopping list of parts and any special tools I'll need?
Thx,
Sam
November 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll need Torx screwdrivers. The screws should be T15. Then a door panel tool to release the clips and of course spare door panel clips. Clips are here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/101P/POR_101P_PRJ067_pg1.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
PATRICK Comments: My 94 530i inner door and window is off track. What can I do about it?
November 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the regulator is faulty. You can replace the regulator if that is in fact the issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jimmy Comments: My daughter has a 325i and when it's cold below freezing out the drivers side door will sometimes not open. If you get it open it will not shut. It just slams against the post. Works great the rest of the year. Is this going to be the actuator or the actuator cable. Sounds like I will need to do some resealing as well. Just wanted to know what you think. It will be cold soon.
November 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the latch is freezing. Try cleaning it out with WD40. Then lubricate it with a penetrating oil or hinge lubricant. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Butch Comments: I have a 1995 325i convertible. The passenger door handle will not open the door. In fact, the outside handle is stuck in the "up" position. What should I buy for repair this? Thanks!
November 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It depends. The handle in the door could be broken or the rod has fallen off. It could also be a stuch latch. - Kerry at Pelican Parts? /  
cmei Comments: 2004 Z4. When I use the key fob or central lock button, the lock on the passenger side pops three times when trying to open, and fails to open. When the temperature drops below 30 or so, it works perfectly. When warm out, there's no way to open the passenger side. Open the door when its cold and pop the panel? Why 3 pops of the electric actuator?
October 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like the door lock is starting to fail. I would replace the door latch.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
VT Comments: I have a 2001 BMW X5. The front passenger side window opens and closes slowly. It works okay during warm months, but in the winter its very slow and sometimes needs me to pull it up to help it. Does that sound like it is an issue with the motor or the regulator? Winter is coming and I need to address this.
October 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This does sound like a failing regulator. Be sure to inspect the window seal, if it is worn out it could grab the glass and slow down the regulator. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rich Comments: Thanks for the immediate response, problem solved...1996 BMW 525i, left rare door was not completely closed. However I still have the issue not being able to open the right rare door. The door lock rod pops up and go down when using the key from the outside and the key switch from inside.
I suspect the actuator is faulty, just wanted some feedback from the SME before ordering the part.
October 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you sure it is a 1996? I think there was no 525i in 1996.

Assuming it is a 1995, the lock and unlock signals are shared, so it is likely a faulty actuator, which if I remember correctly, is built into the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Buzniak Comments: RE:Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a switch in the door latch to tell the central locking system the door is closed, it sounds like the switch is faulty, you are going to have to remove the door panel and check the switch.
- Nick at Pelican Parts

Reply:
Are you talking about the micro-switch, or the door lock actuator?
October 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not the door open microswitch. In the door latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rich Comments: After removing the front door panels to upgrade the speakers, I am unable to lock and unlock the doors from the inside. Unlocking and locking from the key at the drivers side still works. Is there a perticular connection I should be searching for?
October 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the linkage from the door latch to the lock, make sure all of the wires are connected correctly. What year and model are the car?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Buzniak Comments: My E36 318i 1993, doesn't have keyless entry; But as soon as i close the doors with the key they open straight up again.
Does it in cold weather mostly. I disconnected the 2pin plug to the drivers door and still no solution.

Could anyone help me please.

Thanks
October 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a switch in the door latch to tell the central locking system the door is closed, it sounds like the switch is faulty, you are going to have to remove the door panel and check the switch.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jose Comments: my remote key will not open or lock the doors on my 2003 z4. I suspected that the battery was bad. Sometimes the remote key will open the trunk, so the battery must still good to some extent. Am I right? Is there a faulty sensor actuator? Any comment wil be appreciated.
September 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The key will charge when it is in the ignition switch and the car is running. Usually when the key fails it will be the lock and unlock buttons, because they get used the most. The function of the key can be checked with the BMW scan tool.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
wrighte Comments: My mini cooper s doors when locked keep trying to lock. If I leave the car open with the doors shut it will lock itself and repeatedly try to lock even though it is. When I got in the car today it kept locking and opening for around 15 seconds. Please help . It's a 01 bmw mini cooper s.
September 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the central locking button and make sure it is not sticking.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dee Comments: Hello just bought a 323i 2007 tourer. Drivers side door does not respond to central locking. Need to use Key to lock and open from inside when you want to get back in. You can hear the door trying to lock but it doesn't. Is there something simple wrong or is the central locking broken?
September 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The door latch/lock in the door is jammed up, remove the door panel and check the locking rod and the cables are free, is they are replace the door latch.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
samuel Comments: My bmw e36 325i has double locked on three doors and i am unable to get in as the drivers door lock is not in use/damaged. Is there any way of over riding th
e system?from Samuel Ntshole ,Botswana
September 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pushing the unlocking button two times should unlock the double lock, then pull the inner door handle twice and the door will open.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ray Comments: Hi I have a 1999 5.2.8i saloon The near side rear door will not open with the central locking or manually ,how can i get inside the door panel many thanks ray
August 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you pull out the lower part of the rear seat it will make it easier to get the door panel off, but there is a chance the door panel will get damaged while removing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BluesFan44 Comments: My problem with my 96 Z3 is that the door latch doesn't hold the door closed tightly enough to close the switch that tells the car the door is closed. Since the switch is part of the door striker plate, I'm not sure if moving this would even do any good. Am I looking at taking the door apart and tightening the latching mechanism inside the door?
August 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the striker is worn down and the micro switch cannot make contact.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jbird Comments: I'm an auto tech and my friends 2003 X5 is having an issue were both front doors will not unlock using remote or key? I/we bought both front door lock actuators and I installed them but it did not fix the problem. Anyone have any suggestions or known fixes for this problem?? These issues didn't start until after it as broken in too.... Can someone please help me and I need a response as soon as possible
August 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do the rear doors lock and unlock normal, if not check your central locking fuses.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Burdzee Comments: I have a 1996 328IS with issues on both doors. The doors will not open using the outside handle. The inside handle will open the door every time. I have found that if you push on the closed door it will open from the outside some times.
August 10, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the door handle carrier or the latch itself, you are going to have to remove the door panel and see what's happening.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Werner Comments: hi, I have a '04 X5 and I can not close or open my doors, not manual and not remote. Can anybody tell me what the problem is, my garage is telling me I need 10 different parts to get it working again, cost of parts $ 1300,-??????????? sounds absurd to me.
August 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the door latches are faulty, you are also going to want to check the cables coming from the door handle carriers to make sure they are not binding.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Wayne Comments: My 1999 318i is having lock issues! The locks work half the time usually with no passengers. One I have passengers they typically get locked in and have to crawl over the center console to get out. Very annoying!
July 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the door lock actuators they may be faulty.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Doug Comments: 97 e36 convertible. My passenger door window is stuck in the fully closed position. Striker switch working. I hear a faint click inside the door when I depress the switch. The window is jammed in the UP Closed + 1/4 inch position. Will not budge if I try a push down. Any Assistance?
July 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the window regulator is jammed up, you are also going to want to check the window motor and the guides for wear.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
a2hvfun Comments: After replacing door latch and actuator, my 04 X5 door does not turn on interior light, central lock works except driver door. Alarm cannot be set by the fob. any ideas the problem? Danke !
July 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: From the sound of it, there might be a connection issue at the actuator and latch assembly. If the connectors are not properly seated, the electronics will not function properly. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tim Comments: how to locating lock cylinder switch
July 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't understand your question. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joni Comments: I have a 01 325xi. My doors will not unlock. Have tried the door inside and out, the key fob, and the center unlock button. I don't know what to do... Can't do the dukes of hazards ways with me and the kids!!!
June 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If none of the door locks will unlock and the alarm is not triggering, indicating forced entry, the general module may be faulty. It will tough to dignose without a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kukubaby Comments: This should help everybody under the carpet driver seat splice bar door locks also WINDOWS.Mine damage from sandy salt water look at picture
May 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional information. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
325IS Comments: On March 7, 2013 Margaret asked about P/N 51418122408 the metal door panel clip used to replace the “plastic strip” or “top rail” that holds the door panel to the door. The "top rail" is apparently notorious for breaking into pieces – mine did. Nick from Pelican correctly remembered that this parts inserted into the clamps P/N 51211977747 mounted on the door itself, but did not explain how the metal door panel clips were actually fastened to the door panel.

I recently purchased this part and Javier from Pelican sent this link http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/101-Projects-67-Doors/101-Projects-67-Doors.htm , but this shows only the plastic button panel clips in the door panel and does not show installation of the “top rail” or the metal door panel clips P/N 51418122408 on the door. On my 325IS, 6 of these metal door panel clips are supposed to replace that "top rail" that was glued to the panel and, like Margret, I can't find/figure out how the metal door panel clips are fastened to the panel either. The plastic OEM "top rail" is not sold and was replaced by these clips. Does anyone know how this is done or have a picture?
May 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I cannot find a graphic to help you. The repair clip slides onto the door panel, in the areas of the original metal clips. Then the original clip on the door engages with it.

I am going by memory and hope to be right. let me know how this works out.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gary Comments: I have a black 1997 E36 M3 coupe. While driving with my windows closed, there would be times when my dome lights turn on like the door was opened, & when this happens & I turn right, the window would go up & down as if someone was pressing on the door striker microswitch repeatedly. During this whole time, I cannot use my powerlock button to lock all doors. Usually this problem resoves by itself but if it persists when I park the car, I would not be able to lock the doors remotely & would have to use my key on the doorlock & turn it clockwise.
April 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like your door latch is not holding tight. Push on the outside of the door, you should be able to duplicate the problem. If so,inspect the door latch and microswitch, replace what is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Craig Comments: My bmw e36 325i has double locked on three doors and i am unable to get in as the drivers door lock is not in use/damaged. Is there any way of over riding the system?
April 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is a tough one. When the doors are double locked, or deadbolted, you cannot unlock them from the inside, only from the driver door lock or with a request from the remote key. If the driver door lock is damaged, the only other option is using the unlock button of your remote key. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dave Comments: I need to know how to remove and replace the driver's door lock & actuator assembly on a '96 750il. I have the door panel off, any plugs unplugged, and most of the linkage. The bolts are out too and the assembly is loose, but appears to be hanging up on the keylock assy. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
April 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll haver to remove the door lock to remove the latch. There is a rod that goes into the latch, if not removed it will not allow latch to release. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
trinidad Comments: the display is saying door open when all doors are closed...will that kill the battery? what step should i take, there are 4 doors?lol
April 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could discharge your battery, especially if the interior lights are on. You may have a door switch that is not functioning. Depending on what 3-Series you have, the switch could be in a few different places. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rich p Comments: just purchased a 1995 318i conv.. the manual indicates that there is button on the console that opens & locks the doors. however that's not the case, what am i missing, where would it be located?
the panels on both doors are loose, right one very bad. what are the steps involved in removing each panel & put new clips in?


aboth doors
March 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The door lock switch is mounted next to the hazard light switch on the center console.

To remove the door panels you have to remove the door panel fasteners, then lever door panel clips to release door panel. Once detached from door, disconnect any wires and remove from vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
wp kelpfroth Comments: The black plastic pieces on my door panel were cracked and not attached to the panel anymore, so I glued them back in place and used gorilla tape to hold them and reinforce the pieces. it's working pretty well.
March 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the tip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Margaret Comments: I bought part 51418122408 to replace the plastic strip on the top of the door panel that holds the door on 1996 BMW 328ic. I can see how these fit onto the metal clips on the door itself, but I can't see how they attach to the door card. Can you explain how to attach them to the door card?
March 7, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am going by memory, but if I remember correctly, part# 51418122408 is used to reattached the clamp 51211977747 to the door panel. The clamp attached to door. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jumanji Comments: Hi, someone tried to break into my 318 e36, they put a screwdriver in the lock, now the surround trim is broken and there is a hole in the lock, but the key still works in the door, can I get a lock cover or do I need to replace the whole lock, is it a big job and can it be done by myself??
What options do I have?
January 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The doro handle cover is availabel separately. The lock cylinder is available as a unit. Give our parts specialists a call, they will help you find the right part: 1-888-280-7799- Nick at Pelican Parts  
gester2613 Comments: I have a 2004 325xi. I broke driver side mirror off. need help figuring out how to replace it. Already purchased mirror, just don't know if i need to take door panel off or not. any help would be helpful. Thanks
December 20, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi, this tech article should help you out: http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E46/66-BODY-A_Guide_to_Replacing_Your_Door_Mirror_Housing/66-BODY-A_Guide_to_Replacing_Your_Door_Mirror_Housing.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Shady1989 Comments: HI i have a BMW 1993 325i im having a problem with the radiator and door locks. the radiator has access pressure and sprays of from under the cap and the door locks do as they please i unlock then it locks right away and vise verse very hard to get in the car please help.
December 19, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Excess pressure in the cooling system could point to a faulty head gasket.

The door lock problem may be related to a faulty lock cylinder switch. Once you release it, it reads LOCK and relocks the door. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
kev c Comments: i have a 1998 323i that runs realy bad when warm and the drivers door handle seams to have come off its catch can u advise please
December 7, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have a vacuum leak or a faulty crankcase breather valve. I would check both, inspect the engine for a cracked intake boot, vacuum line or leaking gasket. You can also check the crankcase vacuum, this will help you diagnose the crankcase breather valve. Remove the door panel and check the latch and the door handle carrier and cables.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
vasiq Comments: By 1998 pre sept. BMW 328i front driver door lock works off and on both manually and with remote. Also, passenger door only works with key only. What seems to be the problem and is the car e36 series?
December 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the door lock actuators, remove the door panels and check them out.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ed Comments: My Z3 door key just turns around and around without locking ot unlocking. BMW fixed it awhile ago but it just happened again
September 24, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The lock cylinder is broken, someone probably tried to break into the car.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
codeman Comments: have a BMW 750li passenger rear door is un locked but wont open from the inside or out. how can i get the door open ? cant get the door panel off without the door open . any suggestions ?
September 22, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove the lower part of the rear seat, this will make it easier to get the door panel off, but you still might damage the door panel. Once inside the door you can access the latch to pull the outer door handle cable to open the door.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
AJ Comments: 1987 BMW 325i coupe. The ignition key will not unlock the doors or trunk, it will fit and turn the tumbler but NOT unlock. The central locking mechanism works great and i found this out when the car wash locked the door and asked me to move the car forward. Both doors and the trunk were locked tight! Vice versa when I managed to pull up on the lock knob and all locks unlocked. What causes the key to discontinue working in the lock mechanism?
August 9, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Either the key is worn, or someone changed the lock cylinder with a used one and used that key, which is why it would not match your car.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
KESBALLER Comments: I HAVE A 2000 BMW 528I, I CAN NOT OPEN THE DOORS WITH THE KEY,THE CAR IS LOCK IS THERE ANYWAY THAT I COULD GET IN MY CAR
June 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your dealer can get you and emergency lock out key, but if the car is double locked there is no way other than breaking a window.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
aza Comments: heater and temp gauge not working on 86 325e. front left headlight wont stay on and very tempremental, also there is an extra wire from light housing and seems to do nothing can anyone help
June 1, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have some electrical problems, I would grab a repair manual with diagrams or seek out some help from the pros.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mrs. Z. Comments: Hi, I have a BMW x5, last week i tried to unlock my door but couldnt, i had to call pop-a-lock and ever since he opened the door the button to lock and unlock the doors wont work, nor will my two back doors open from the inside or out, what is wrong? I'm having a baby next month and i need those doors to work properly.
May 17, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: How did he get inside the car, if he was going inside the door he might have damaged the wires to the door latch.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
goldbug Comments: HI, I own a 95 325IS Coupe with a broken pass. door handle. How do i remove,replace? Do i need to remove glass from door to access handle?? Thanks
April 13, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
hassen Comments: I have a bmw e36 my driver door wont open how do i open it from the inside please help
April 8, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are the locks stuck, handles broken. If it is double locked and the locks will not work you are going to have to remove the door panel to access the latch to get it open.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
craig Comments: 2003 x5 drivers side front lock will not work
with consol switch or fob i replaced lock mech
still same problem
April 5, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the wires going to the door lock, make sure you have power and ground and a communication signal from the general module. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jeremiah.minor Comments: Hello, I have a 1994 BMW 325i coupe RHD. After returning from my vacation my driver window regulator motor clicks very loudly after the door closes. I opened up the panel and it seems that it is the geared portion of the raising and lowering assembly inside and not the regulator motor itself. Is there a way to reset the motor or the linkage?
March 30, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the window regulator is worn out.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Lori Comments: 2001 BMW 325I. Only one way to open all the doors, driver side. Keyless entry doesn't work. I put the key in, the windows dont roll up or down, and none of the doors will unlock. I can't get into my car, locksmith said that probably wont be able to get into it. They key just moves back and forth, no grab. Can't get in through the trunk, backseats don't go down. HELP!!!!
February 17, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to use a inflatable wedge at the top of the door frame and a long rod to reach inside the car and hit the central locking button to unlock the double lock, then you should be able to get into the car. After that I would check the central locking fuses and check the general module with a scan tool, sounds like the problem is in the general module.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
george11111 Comments: This needs a genius maybe, im completely puzzed...

Problem: Even though the drivers door of my e46 coupe is unlocked, it wont open neither from the outside nor from the inside.

Extra info:
1. Surprisingly, suddenly at times it starts opening normally! but then after a short while back to the same problem unlocked but not opening neither from the inside or the outside.

2. I unlock my car manually using the key since the remote battery seems to be dead but it unlocks fine and I've been doing it long before this problem.

3. The central lock only opens the passenger door and not the drivers door. However, this is recent and the original problem existed before this issue.

Any help what the problem could be? And what parts I need to change? ...something electrical or mechanical, or both :o ?

Thanks
February 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you could have a problem with the driver door latch, your are also going to want to check the cable coming from the outer door handle carrier and make sure it is free.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
joe-in-md. Comments: I recently purchased a door handle assembly from pelican parts, I had a BMW shop install it, when I went to pick up the car everything worked fine, door handles unlocked, and window fit perfect. A couple days later the new door handle lock stop working, when inserting the key it turns freely as if there is no actuator to unlock the door. When I go to the passenger side, all the doors unlock. Any suggestions???
January 16, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the year and model of your car?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Des Comments: Hi I have a 530d 04 Bmw and the back doors are making a lot of noise,when I put the windows down all the way it goes,help needed,thanks
January 15, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the window guides and the regulators on both rear doors.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Eddie Comments: While we were driving down the highway, the doors began to lock and unlock. Later after parking, the car won't start. Has the battery gone dead without any previous problems? Show we just replace the battery?
Any ideas or a solution?
January 15, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the central locking button might be sticking, or there could be a problem with the general module. Check the button to make sure it moves freely, and scan the general module with a scan tool to see if there are any faults.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
e30/3 Comments: 325i 1994
HEY I CANT OPEN NONE OF MY DOORS :
The first day i bought this car i locked it from ther trunk.... ever since then i've tried opening it through the trunk and pullin up the inside lock... the lock won't release from inside nor outside... the ignition key is different from the door handles.. how can i open this???
January 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are going to have to have a locksmith break into the car and then recode your lock cylinders so they match.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
geoff Comments: 5 series bmw battery flat cannot get into car with key so cannot get bonnet open
January 9, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are going to have to call a locksmith if the lock cylinder will not turn.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Lee Comments: The driver's door glass on my BMW 328is is erratic. Sometimes the motor works fine, sometimes it stops. You can hear it turning, but it is not engaged. The auto feature will work, but the glass will stop at any point without being fully open or closed. I suspect a sensor is bad. Is there a way to disable the sensor?
January 7, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the regulator is worn or the gear on the end of the window motor is worn, remove and inspect them and replace any worn parts.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Lee Comments: I have a 1996 BMW 328is. After charging a dead battery and reconnecting everything, the tach, mpg, and temp gauges do not work. I have replaced the instrument cluster, checked all the connectors, and still have the problem. The gauge test with the ignition key cycles through with no indication of a problem. Any ideas?
January 7, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would scan the cluster with the factory scan tool and see if there are faults stored, and go from there.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bmw88_325ix Comments: Has anyone ever removed the lock cylinder from a 4 door e30 - 325iX? I was wondering if I have to remove the window and rails? I can't see anyway to get at the lock on the 4 door from the opening at the bottom, as I can not get my arm in to reach all the way up to the lock!
January 4, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would grab a repair manual. It will list the special tools and each step of the procedure. Give our parts specialists a call: 1-888-280-7799 They will help you find what you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Teratera Comments: Hello, i have a 2006 325i that the drivers door will not open with fob or key. All other doors do. When I push button on fob or inside car, the drivers door just hums. In reading above, I am hoping it is just a blown fuse. Any ideas?
December 11, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the door latch is faulty, the lock in inside of the latch
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ghassan Comments: Hi,I have BMW730i 1997 the Broplem whin i want start it,very Difficlt start in some time the engine not operated,thanks
December 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the battery might be dead, check it and charge it or replace it, then check the car to make sure there is no draw on the battery when the key is off.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Sue Comments: 1993 BMW318i can't get into the trunk, need access to battery, can see inside between the seats, large opening with flashlight, where if there is one a latch or button to get the trunk open from the inside, need to somehow get the lock removed once trunk is open and have a new key made for it. But right now need access to battery as it is dead.
November 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There should be jump posts under the hood, jump the car and open the trunk.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Andy Comments: "99 e36 328is, the front interior floor light stays on, while driving 4 door. Help. All the door locks and works. What turns these off. Looks about the same problem as Jim in 8/11.
November 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the switches in the door latches, start with the drivers door. It might not be closing all the way and turning off the light.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
solomon Comments: my x5 bmw has lock and i am holdind my key but i am standind out and the key is not able to open my car door
November 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The radio part of the key can be initialized to any car, sounds like someone initialized the wrong key to your car.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jerry Comments: i own a 2004 330ci convertible. apparently there was a short in the door handle which caused to top to open up during a rain storm - soaking the insides. the dealer says it will cost $1000 to repair. i asked if i could have them disable the top lowering function in that door lock and still retain my remote door latching function. they say no but it seems to me these are 2 indepentent functions. your thoughts please?
October 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a door in the trunk that has to be in the lowered position for the top to function, if the top is in the raised position the top will not open. When you park the car just make sure the door in the trunk is in the upper position.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mat Comments: my 97 740il is stuck in park.i replaced ignition switch and tumbler and my key still wont turn to start help
October 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The housing that the lock cylinder goes into needs to be replaced.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
primis Comments: Can anyone help.

Driving down the motoway and i heard a massive bang. Carried on driving, got home and found the black frame around the driers window had come off. I need to find a replacement? anyone can help that would be great. Thanks
October 16, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Peetee7 Comments: Hi, I have a feb built 1994 e36 convertible, My issue is that I can't get the double lock to engage with the key from drivers door or passengers door I have an aftermarket alarm with remote locking fitted if I lock from remote, Double locks work but don't engage auto window up feature anymore and I don't know if it's linked but passengers front window no longer auto up's from switch. I have tried re-sync no luck! Auto widow up after putting roof down still works. Any light you could suggest would be appreciated Ta Peetee7
October 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When they installed the alarm they probably cut some wires, check where the alarm box is and look for wires related to the door locks and see if they have been cut.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Emery Comments: My 2005 BMW back door will not close both sides
October 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What model is it? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sal Comments: Hello, I bought a few months ago a 92'325i. I'm able to open all the locks through the driver's side but not lock them, the key doesn't turn to the right anymore. If I want to lock my car I have to go around to the passanger's side and turn left this side is working fine. Any suggestions?
October 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the lock cylinder could be worn, remove the door panel and inspect for worn parts.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
blk beamer Comments: I have a 1998 540i, and I recently replaced the window regulator on the driver's door,and was appently successful, but here's the thing now the drivers door won't open after locking it with the remote. The cylinder still turns and controls the other door locks, but it just won't open. I've tried diffrent approaches suggested by know it all friends and nieghbors, but nothing. Any suggestions?
September 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check all of the wires inside the door that go to the door latch, one of them might be damaged.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
daniel Comments: hi i got a 328i convertible 98 and my problem is in the back of the door it has a black plastic the i need but i broke and the black plastic goes whit the white clips so i need it to put the door panel back into the door can u calp me
September 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It looks like you broke the door panel itself, you could try to repair it with some JB weld or some 2 part epoxy, if that doesn't work you will have to replace the door panels. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
shani Comments: my 2003 e46 320d does not want to open manual with the key , the remote keys are lost and the car does not have a lock on the passenger side , other then breaking the window how can i open the car .
September 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would call a locksmith, or contact your BMW dealer and get a lockout key.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Phil Comments: I have a 03 BMW X5, just replaced the right rear window regulator. Now my inside dor handle will not open the door. The door handle is moving the cable the full lenght and even when I work the other cable end at the latch mechanism, it still will not open the door. The outside handle stil works. What is wrong or any suggestions to fix this???
August 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the inner cable is connected correctly and moving properly then the door latch is going to be faulty.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Cookie Comments: i have a 1990 bmw 750il and my locks will not lock neither will they go down on the passenger side nor the back will not go down. the trunck wont lock either please help? thank you
August 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the fuses for the central locking system.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
curtisb57 Comments: I have the 1995 318is Doors will not open Stock radio is missing, keyless entry will not do anything. How can I get the doors open to get at the acctuators? I cannot even get the doors to manually unlock or the key to unlock the doors. Any help here? Losing it....
August 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would contact a locksmith and see if they can get the doors open.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jim Comments: interior lights keep coming on while driving and dash indicaites door open then it goes off and goes dark again, only to repeat itself again.
August 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The micro switch in the door that says it is open is faulty. Remove the door panel and inspect for worn parts.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
AL DOC Comments: PROBLEM WITH CENTRAL LOCKING ALL BUTTONS GO UP BUT PASSENGER FRONT DOOR WONT OPEN HAVE BEEN USEING CAR FOB TO OPEN CAR RECENTLY COULD THIS BE THE PROBLEM KEY IS VERY OLD,ALLSO FRIEND SAID THERE COULD BE A RESET BUTTON FOR DOORS,TRIED TO TAKE PANEL OFF BUT COULD,NT ANY HELP WOULD BE WELCOME
August 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like there is a problem with the latch, I would grab a repair manual. It will list the special tools and each step of the procedure. Give our parts specialists a call: 1-888-280-7799 They will help you find what you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Matt Comments: In response to "sam has a stuck door", I had the same exact problem this weekend and was able to open the door not by working at the pins on the mechanism, but by pulling the hollowed rectangular-shaped lever on the top of the mechanism closer to the outside part of the door. The lever may be hidden from sight if you look at the actuator while it's still attached in the door but if you search for images of the e36 locking mechanism, you could see what I mean- and where it is on the top of the mechanism.
August 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Trace Comments: I have 1998 540i BMW and cannot get the hood to open. I tried the release on the inside but it will not pop out the latch in the grill to open it. I took the grill completely off but can't figure out how to disengage the latch. Can you help?
July 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try having someone pull the release level while you pull up on the hood, if the latches stick this helps, if that doesn,t work you should go se a pro to avoid damaging the paint or body.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sam has a stuck door Comments: My 1996 328i driver front door is stuck shut and neither the inner or outer handle will open it; locked or unlocked, key in or out, or in any position. I'm sure it's the latching mechanism double locked?, but I can't remove the mounting bolts while the door is stuck closed. Is there a way to manually unlatch it to open the door so I can replace it? :/
July 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can, you have to remove the door panel, and access the latch and move the lever to unlock and open the door.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
G.I. Joe Comments: i recently replaced the water pump on my 1993 e36 now my alarm flashes and when i try to lock the doors they just keep unlocking, the only way to lock my car is to unplug the battery and do it manually, not only that but the door ajar light doesnt come on even if the door is open, the interior lights flash randomly even if all doors are closed, and my SRS light flashes for a few minutes and then stays on... i find it weird that all this happened cuz i had to change my water pump along with the bands, are they related in some way? thanks for ur help
June 27, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the micro switch in the door latch is faulty, and fooling the car into thinking the door is open.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
KevinL Comments: Hi there, ever since I bought my bmw 318 1994 there has been a locking problem that i cant figure out. The central lock works from the driver's door. When I try to lock it from there however the doors would become unlocked and this will take several tries about 7-8 until the locks decide to stay locked. Any ideas what is going on?
June 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the switch in the door latch is faulty, check them to see if it needs to be replaced.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dazedandconfused Comments: After more research I'm even more confused. My door won't latch. If I press the door hard enough the window rolls up, I can turn the key and lock the door, I can pull the interior lock up and down and see that it actuates, so my assumption is that my door lock actuator is actually good. I just can't get the latch to grab the strike plate. What do I do?
June 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The latch and the lock are separate functions from each other, the latch is faulty.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dave Comments: Having trouble putting inside door handle trim back on. That little piece with the hooks that slide on around the handle. Is there some trick? It looks like the handle is recessed too far to catch on the hooks.

Tx
June 6, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The door panel is not snapped in all the way, one the door panel is snapped on correctly the plastic trim piece will snap into place.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
MUTTBRO Comments: I have a 95 M3. I jacked it up to replace the O2 sensor. When I let the car down and reconnected the battery the windows would not work. Sunroof still works and the windows are getting power as you can see them bump when you press the window switch. Any suggestions would be helpful.
May 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The windows need to be initialized, I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Steve Comments: I have an 88 E30 M3 with a broken door brake. I have removed the brake from the door itself but the arm is still connected to the frame. Does the unit you sell include the brake and the arm also or would I reattach the new brake to the existing arm?
May 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out what comes with the part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ryan Comments: Hello, I have a 1994 bmw 740i, I am familiar with all systems except the door and window mechanisms. When I got to work this morning I could not roll up my front drivers side window back up it made it halfway before it came to an abrupt stop, then proceeding to get out of my vehicle I noticed that I could not!! The handle would not work on the inside, so I tried pulling the door lock up, and it was jammed! I have no idea what it could be, ideas? All 3 of my other doors, locks and windows all work. I have been trying to look online with really no luck so far. Thank you so much for any help! As always thanks for the amazing service you have to me over the years :

Ryan
May 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would remove the door panel and check the window motor and regulator.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
beemerbill98 Comments: My door latch has broken cast metal on the frame itself and the door is getting hard to open. I believe it's part # 51218199923. It shows parts comes with key & latch. Can I take the key cylinder out and use my own so I can keep using the same key? When I order this new latch will I have to get it coded? Not clear about the coding thing and if I can use my own key cylinder. What to do?
May 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the year and model of the car?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jeremy Comments: Had a question about a door locking problem i've had. I've got a '98 328i that recently had more or less total power locking failure. One day everything was fine, the next nothing automated works. The locks still manually work with the key just fine, but the locks won't pop up for anything elseincluding the central locking button and i'm afraid that the security system is nonfunctional as a result. I've checked all the fuses can't find anything visibly amiss. Any ideas of where I should look next to troubleshoot?
May 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Scan the general module with the factory scan tool a check for faults, this is the best place to start.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
unstuck in London Comments: Hello, thank you again for your help. The latch mechanism itself was completely broken. It has no ability to actuate the catch spring to release from the sticker bolt. Got lucky after playing with it for 3 days. Door open, new latch/lock on order. If your door is completely stuck get your hand inside door panel and manipulate the door release handle towards the car exterior until it pops. It may take a long time. If the car door latch has a few weird moments and is getting sketchy replace soon.
April 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Glad to hear you got it worked out! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
stuck in london Comments: Hi Thanks for the tip, but alas, door still stuck. I can unlock the mechanism with a wire I have put in, but still no activity in the door latch. Also my central lock button has stopped. Window does not drop the quater inch when pulling on levers either did not prior.
April 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be a fault with the general module, scan with a factory scan tool and look for faults, also check the power and ground supply to the latch, GM, and the central locking button.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
still stuck in London Comments: Sorry my car is a 97 318 is 2 door
April 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
stuck in London Comments: Hi, my door is shut, will not open. I have removed door panel and actuator switch. I can move the lock mechanism, move the interior door arm, outside is loose but connected. Still cannot get door to open. Whats next
April 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The outside door handle has a small plastic piece that connects to the main door lock assembly. Often this is broken. You need to find this piece (see door lock article above) and then pull on it, and you should be able to open the door. The replacement piece is about $5 if I recall correctly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
duke Comments: how can I install my after market alarm 4x extreme to the locking and unlocking wiring that I can't find under the drivers dash. Also the side flashers wires I can't find. Do they run through a module away from the drivers kick panel. Do you know the exact colors and location. I would love to see a video. Should I check the passenger side for the wires.
March 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure how to answer, as you didn't mention which car you have? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Stevo Comments: Hi, I have a 1996 E36 and my remote doesn't word to lock or unlock the doors, as a result my alarm doesn't work either. I replaced the remote batteries but the problem persists.
March 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You might have to reprogram the remote. I have an article on this here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/101-Projects-92-Alarm-Install/101-Projects-92-Alarm-Install.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
bobby Comments: i have a '93 325is. last week, while moving the car, i heard a steady clicking noise for a while, seemed to be in front of me under hood. finally it stopped. after that, no power locks or windows worked for a day or two. then, i had intermittent window operation, and passenger door, trunk, nothing yet driver side. oh, when they work, i get a double click-if i turn to open, they click open, then click shut, and i need to turn it open once more and it stays. same when i close. very puzzling. could it be a bad control module, or one or more of its ic chip freakouts, a bad ground, perhaps an actuator or microswitchalthough, i suspect not likely for more than one to go bad at once, but, who knows? i thought if an electrical or electronic component goes bad, it's kaput, so this is puzzling. is there a fuse that could be in play, or anything around the fuse box, where i thought the noise came from? is there any simple way to test, or should i begin with the most obvious central possibilities and work my way back?
March 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Electrical problems are a bear to try to solve over the Internet. However, the clicking noise you're talking about may be related to a relay failing? Perhaps, but I'm not convinced, as relays are very quiet usually, and don't make loud clacking noises. It could be a control module - I think you need to start tracing back the circuit to see what connects all of these components together, in an attempt to try to find a common fault. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Geno Comments: I own a E30 1988 325I 4 door sedan. Central locking system question. I am able to unlock from both side doors and from trunk lock cylinder. I able to lock from trunk and passenger front door only. Not able to lock from drivers door cylinder. My actuators in door and trunk move up and down. I think the micro switch on the door cylinder is bad. It has 2 wires going to it. I tested my theory and jumped the 2 wires and the actuators all worked. How do I remove this micro switch part # 61 31 1 375 137 . Also there is a lever arm #61 31 1 368 987 also to remove. Tough spot from within door. Do i need to remove window to access?
February 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You're way ahead of everyone else in terms of identifying the problem. In order to get to this switch, I believe that you need to remove the door lock mechanism from the door itself and disassemble it on the bench. To do this, you need to remove the door panel - you typically don't have to remove the window, just roll it up to access the mechanism. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Eddie Comments: Key wont turn in lock or wont grab at all on driver side :/.its a 2001 325.help please?
February 22, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See my comment to Richard below - sounds like the same problem. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jeremiah Comments: Hello. just changed my water pump with the information from this site. broke a pulley and had that overnighted. wasn't supposed to get it till mon., got it fri. ordered thurs night. love it. anyway.. drivers door window will come down, but won't come back up. off to tear into it tonight. is a 99 323i, e46 body. interior door locks don't work anywhere. key in drivers door will lock/unlock all doors from outside. no interior door locks will work. also, rear door window switches don't work. lockout is not engaged window controls in center console work all windows properly. including drivers when it worked. any words of advice are appreciated. thanks for the technical info and the great parts.
February 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a real mess inside the doors. I have several articles in our section here that deal with doors and windows. They should cover just about every question you have regarding the insides of the doors. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Richard Comments: Hi there
I have a 1997 e36 318is 4 doors BMW euro version.
On the driver’s side door the key will go into the lock cylinder but it won’t turn right or left in order to open or close the door. To be able to go into the car driver side I have to open the passenger side lock with the key or the trunk lock, and then the driver side lock will open. When I am inside the car, driver seat, everything works fine from the inside; I can open the door, as well as, lock it or unlock it.
Please I need your help on what is damage??? So that I can order the proper part from you.
Advanced thank you for the broad help :
Richard
February 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There's a little plastic clip inside the door that connects the door handle to the reset of the mechanism. It's shown in the pictures in the article. I think that's the problem, but you really need to open up the door and take a look inside to make sure before you order the parts. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
duke Comments: The drivers door on my 1997 528i is locked. the electric locks seems to open but when you pull the door latch both from the outside and inside the door will not open. How can I get the door to open?
February 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is a bad situation to be in. I had this happen once, and it wasn't pretty. The door lock mechanism is broken. I would keep trying to mess with it to see if you can get the door open - don't give up just yet. If nothing works (try just about everything), then you need to remove the door panel to get to the door lock mechanism. I think you might need to remove the driver's seat for this, which means also removing the passenger seat (in order to pull it out of the car. Then, the removal of the door panel is not easy with the door closed - there are lots of trim pieces that are in the way, and on your 5-Series, I'm not even sure if it's possible with the door closed - you may have to cut through the door panel. I have my 1998 at work right now, otherwise I would take a closer look. Good luck! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Lew Comments: Hey the door sensors on my 1996 m3 don't sense the door closed. Previous owner put loose zip ties arount that works but they shift then the door is not seen as being closed,
How do it fix for real?
January 27, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is definitely a problem with the microswitches that are contained within the door lock mechanism. The only good solution is to take the door apart and replace the mechanism itself. You can try tearing apart the mechanism to get to the switches and try to repair them, but I don't recommend that. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
england steve Comments: i can only open and lock my bmw 328i 1996 convertable fromthe boot the key wont even turn in both front doors please could someone help
January 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you look at the article here, you will see that there is a plastic piece that connects the door lock mechanism to the actual key and door lock. These plastic pieces have a tendency to break. Replacing them is relatively straightforward, but you need to remove the door panel and get in there to reach them. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: To replace the door locking mechanism are there special tools required to remove panels/locking parts? If so, are they sold by pelican parts? can you provide a list?
January 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nope, no special tools required - just follow the instructions in the article. The only odd tool you might need is a 12-point star tool to remove some of the side door hardware. We sell these in our catalog as well. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
PJD Comments: I have a 98 328i and just recently when I went to open the driver's side door from the inside interior something broke from the handle inside the door. The handle now swings freely without tension and is useless. I have to roll down the window and use the outside handle to open the door. What broke off inside, a cable? Can't seem to find any info on it.
January 16, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need to take off the door panel and take a look at what went wrong inside. This article here should assist you with everything you need to know. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
palmer Comments: need scmematic for 325is bmw instll/removal door handle and lock mechanism 1995
January 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The photos in this article should suffice for all internal door repairs. Also see the bonus photos (link above). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Mike1025 Comments: bmwmarko, are you certain that someone jammed a screwdriver into the lock cylinder? If not, I would check that your key is not starting to get worn out. Try a newer spare key to see if problen persists. Most locksmiths can take the door apart and replace the lock with matching key.
January 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bmwmarko Comments: hi there i have a e36 compact 1998 and unfortunitly someone tryed to break into it the other day and they must have jammed a screwdriver in the lock and now when i put the key in it wont turn, it turns now and again but i was wondering how do i get the handle out and can i just get a replacement lock to fit my key or is it all new locks and keys i need
January 6, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Take a look at my article on the doors and replacing the lock mechanism. You need to remove the mechanism and see what you can salvage. There's a little plastic piece in there that connects the handle to the door lock - that may be what is broken and damaged. If so, it's a very easy fix. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Dazedandconfused Comments: Your comment to BMW12345 stated that it was the mechanism that was bad and that you sold it. I have the same problem. Do you have a specific name for it so I can buy it. Is it the actuator, assembly, or something else. Thanks for your help.
January 2, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's the door lock actuator and switch assembly mechanism - the box with the latches and switches in it that attaches to the inside of the door. See the article on replacing it, it's shown in Figure 5 in the article. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Micah Comments: I need to order a new actuator for my front driver side door lock on my 98 E36 M3 sedan. What is the part number? I can not find it on the website. Thanks
December 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think what you're looking for is right here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/ksearch/PEL_search.cgi?command=show_part_page&please_wait=N&make=BMW&model=BE36§ion=BDYchs&page=10&bookmark=46&part_number=67-11-1-393-999-M82 - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
LUIS Comments: I HAVE A 97 BMW 528I, I CAN NOT OPEN THE DOORS WITH THE KEY,THE CAR IS LOCK!
October 20, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, the latching mechanism must be broken. At this point, I would recommend a locksmith. On my 1998 5-Series, I have the back-seat pulldown option, although I'm not sure if you can get into the car from the trunk or not. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
dschwalm Comments: I ordered a rear door actuator from you for my 1997 M3. I got the old one off finally, but I cannot for the life of me get the new one on. I can get everything lined up but can't get enough leverage to snap it on. There is not enough space to maneuver around with my fingers. The opening are quite small. I could barely get the actuator in so I can't see how I could get the locking assembly out. Can you give me any tips?
October 18, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Long needle nose pliers will help, I would grab a repair manual. It will list the special tools and each step of the procedure.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
marcelrich Comments: I'm having a helluva time putting my door panel back my 92 E30 318ic. I can't seem to get the lip of the door panel down into the top metal clips. Is there a trick I need to know about here?
September 25, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Typically, you angle the bottom of the door panel out by about a foot or two, then slide hte panel into the channel. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Si Comments: hi,
additional for below ..I'm looking for driver side...right door...thanks
September 11, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Si Comments: hi,
My 318i E30 having broken door lock mechanism, as mention in your new part list,that the repair kit sold separately.
I need it to replace my broken one...signed with red circle mark.., my car is 318i year 1991 E30 M40, right hand drive with manual trans.
kindly advice the picture since I cannot find it in the list and please let me know the price also.
I'm looking for driver side...right door...thanks
Thanks in advance
September 11, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would contact our sales department via our Message Center ( http://www.pelicanparts.com/support/ContactUs.htm), and they should be able to assist you with that. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ponytail Comments: I just wanted to know my 1990 bmw 325i convertible interior seats,door panel and etc. can be upgraded with another model bmw.
September 10, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Most items from similar years will fit, but a lot of it is hit or miss as to the specifics. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
sean Comments: im trying to take the latch out of my 1992 318is and i have everything dismantledinner and outer door handle/wires but the latch is hooked around a bar from the outer door handle and i cant figure out how to unhook it...how do i?
September 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See Figure 5/C - the rod that is attached to the handle needs to be disconnected, either at the latch, or from the door handle itself. I can't recall which one is easier to remove, but there shouldn't be a major problem with removing it. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Simon Comments: I have euro e36 M3 1997 coupe. The door handle on the passenger side becomes sometimes loose so I can't open the door neither from outside or inside. The door lock is unlocked the pin is up but the inside and outside hadle won't open the door. When I press the door strongly from the outside under the door handle toward bodywork it makes "click" and the door becomes functional again so I can open the door from outside or inside.

Could you tell me which part of the lock is faulty?
September 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure - you'll have to remove the door panel and take a look up in there. There are a bunch of plastic connector pieces that often break - I suspect it's one of them. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Nea Comments: I have an '03 Z4 that i need to get the door panel off of. My door wouldn't open from the inside or out. I did discover a trick that may help others... put the key in the door turn and hold to the unlock position and then reach in and pull the inside door handle. The door opens! Need to figure out how to fix it though. Can anyone tell me how? Thanks
August 20, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Z3 panels are similar to the E36. As for figuring out the lock mechanism, it's probably a broken plastic connector piece inside the door. Take off the panel and take a look at the mechanism - the damaged piece is usually obvious. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bearclaw Comments: After talking to several mechanics, there is another item in the central locking circuit to check. Especially if you live in a northern climate. There is a connector under the driver's seat where the whole system is inter-connected. The salt and moisture tend to leach along the carpet and rot the connector. Turns to a green powder like a trailer connector. My one mechanic just cut the wires and used a waterproof heat shrink. Voila! Central locking now works like new.
August 19, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That's good advice, thanks for sharing. The computer that is under the seat is the alarm system computer, and it can indeed get really screwed up if you let it rain on your car with the top down. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
collardog Comments: I have a 1994 e36 325i vert and the drivers door window stopped dropping down. the alarm works fine as does the door locks eith with the key or with the keyless remote. the passenger window works fine. I pulled off the panel I have your 101 projects book and the wires are fine and clipped into place. Is there a switch or sensor that just controls the window drop mode or is this part of the actuator in the door. some sites suggest there is a sensor in the latch on the body of the car.
tks
Les
July 13, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you mean the window dropping down when you open the door, then yes, there are microswitches in the door lock mechanism that control this. The replacement is documented in this tech article, and should fix the problem. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bill Comments: i have a 1994 bmw 525I the drivers front door will not open I can't get the door panel off. how can I get it open ?
July 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, I don't think I've been asked this one before. I'm not sure, but I would guess that you would start by removing the seat, and then taking off all the screws that secure the panel. I don't think there's anything on the door that keeps the panel locked into place when the door is closed. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bob Goding Comments: 'New'owner of a 95 e36 318 is coupe with window electrical gremlins as described above.[the car is RHD.Japan assembled]
The L/h [pax door]window works as I expect it should,but the drivers window has a mind of its own. I know I will have to open it up and fix it, but can you tell me why the window does that drop when the door opens and closes when the door is shut, The pax window doesnt do that. I know that its for the convertible,-but why on this coupe and why only on the r/h door? Can I bypass the lock switch to prevent this?--Thanks, Bob
May 17, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The window is supposed to drop down when you open the door. It's the passenger side window that is broken. It has to do with the fact that there is no pillar between the roof and the door, and the car is designed like a convertible. The window lowers down to release it from the roof seal, and then slides back up to seal it into place. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
sss12 Comments: I took the door lock out, but when i was about to replace the microswitch, i could not find it. Is it possible that some of the locks do not have the microswitch?

Thanks
March 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Most do have a switch, but the location varies, what is the model and year of your car.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
donna Comments: our last ice/snow storm in TEXAS go figure froze the door handles on my 2001 X5. The key opens all locks now but the drivers door handle will not open that door. Seems I tried too hard. Remote faub has not worked in a while so forget that. Now I have 2 more expenses just to get IN my SUV. The dealer wants an arm and a leg and being a plastic part...extwarranty doesn't cover. Am I doomed to pay the price of driving such a luxury or does anyone have another suggestion on the fix, other than crawling across seats. Please help....
March 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The cables on the door handle carriers are getting water in them and freezing, the replacements have updated seals in them to stop this from happening.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Al Comments: It seems that over time the lock cylinders on my 97 328is coupe have one by one gone kaput! i.e I can stick the key in the hole but either it is really difficult to turn have to wiggle it back and forth until it "lets go" or it won't turn at all and I can't unlock the car! Is there anything I can spray in the lock cyl graphite, WD40, etc. to maybe unstick it? What are my options?
February 10, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can use WD40 to try to free it up, if that doesn't work you are going to have to replace the cylinder, the replacements from BMW come coded so you can use the same key.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jonheil Comments: If you are getting water inside the car you need to replace the sound insulation and "black sticky goo". I paid $24 for each of the rear doors and the "goo" is 3M Windo Weld Ribbon. BMW calls is butyl tape but it's the same stuff, trust me. Use anything else and you may as well use silly putty. And don't forget those neoprene seals on the door panel clips. I did and had water pouring in through that same hole.
February 2, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mrlsa1 Comments: how do you remove the outside door handles? my back doors won't open from the outside, only from the inside. it seems to be the actual door handle that is broken. thank you for your help.
February 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the year and model of the car?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
porchejd Comments: I can't open either front door on wife's '95 740i
rear doors work fine, locks all move up & down with
remote, with key in lock & from console. How can I
get drivers door open? doors both opened this morn.
when I wanted to start car to warm it up for wife while
cleaning snow. It was 9 degees this morning. Can anyone
help please?
January 3, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the door handle carriers or the latch are frozen, you are going to want to wait until they thaw out, and then remove the door panel and make sure there is no water getting into them and that the seals are not worn out, replace any worn parts.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
garry Comments: my left hand front door will not open or unlock ,electric windows and mirrors dont work either ,is there a way to get this door open so as to get the door trim off the inside ,any one.
January 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the door is double locked there is no good way to open it. remove the seat and try to remove the door panel to gain access to the door latch to release the lock.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Becky Comments: I have a 1995 325i bmw sedan and the driver side outside door latch is not working. The latch on the inside still works so I can open the door by reaching in through the window. What may be reason that the outside door latch is not working? Thanks for the help!
November 10, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are a lot of small plastic pieces in the door that break after many years. You really can't tell what's wrong in there until you tear it apart and take a look. Most of the time, it's obvious once you get the door apart. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
DD Comments: My 1996 328I driver side door lock will not work with key, but from inside I can lock/unlock by pushing/pulling door stick. Do I need to replace either left door lock mechanism or door lock actuator front or both parts? Thanks
October 13, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the door lock actuator is faulty. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tom Comments: where is this write up for the e30 door panel, the e30 and e36 essentially look the same, but Im just wondering, besides the speaker configuration if there are other differences. I have an e30 and im starting to get problems with opening the passenger door from the inside. the outside works fine but this inside is where the handle is not opening the door mechanism fully, without pushing on the door to open or almost breaking the inner door handle to open the door. I like this site just found it today actually, will probably use this to purchase my parts from now on.
September 18, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yup, the door panel removal process is pretty similar for *all* cars. You just need to pop the panel off and take a look at what's inside. Usually, it will be obvious what the problem is (broken pieces of plastic, etc.). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
rob Comments: i have a 1994 e36 325i 4door the right rear door latch will not latch. i tried to take it out bit i cant the window track that goes all the way up to the top off the window frame i cant remove
September 15, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you undo the door latch from the outside, you should be able to maneuver it out of the door. See some of the bonus pictures for this article. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
bmwguy12345 Comments: my 92 325is door lock will not engage to close the door what should i do???
July 25, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the mechanism itself is busted. I believe that we sell new ones in the catalog... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Max Comments: hi, I have the problem with the window not rolling down that 1/4 inch when i open the door. It seems to work sometimes when it rains but that's about it. Does this also cause my alarm to go off when i lock the car. also my alarm doesn't sound anymore the lights just flash.

could all this have to do with that switch?

thanks for help
July 12, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Absolutely, I had the same problems on my E36. The switches inside the door lock actuator fail, and then can cause all of these very annoying problems. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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