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BMW Door Latch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW Door Latch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver,

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Door panel, Vapor barrier, Vapor barrier seal, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Proper door latch and powerlock function

Complementary Modification:

Clean and lubricate door latches on other doors

The exterior door latch is responsible for locking, unlocking and latching the door shut. The latch itself is pretty reliable, however having the electronic lock solenoid integrated in the latch creates some problems. The lock solenoids fail over time, leaving you with a malfunctioning lock. If it is the driver lock, you can still lock and unlock with the key. With other kinds of doors, you may not be so lucky. If you are having a problem with the lock, try cleaning and lubricating the latch. I find this will restore function of the lock from time to time. If I can successfully restore function this way, I still replace the latch to avoid future problems. It is a good test to see if the problem is electrical or mechanical.

Remove interior door panel. See our tech article on door panel removing.

Once door panel is removed, peel door vapor barrier from door.
Figure 1

Once door panel is removed, peel door vapor barrier from door. Be careful not to tear it when removing.

Next, working at outer edge of door, disconnect door lock rod by pulling straight out of latch.
Figure 2

Next, working at outer edge of door, disconnect door lock rod by pulling straight out of latch.

Then disconnect door latch electrical connector by squeezing release tabs and pulling off.
Figure 3

Then disconnect door latch electrical connector by squeezing release tabs and pulling off. (green arrows)

Pull cable down to unhook from mount, then disconnect cable from door latch.
Figure 4

Pull cable down to unhook from mount, then disconnect cable from door latch.

Working inside door.
Figure 5

Working inside door. Remove wiring harness from latch. Lever clips off latch using a trim clip tool. (green arrow) The harness attaches in two places.

Pull latch cable out of holder at top.
Figure 6

Pull latch cable out of holder at top. (green arrow).

Then slide out of bottom of door latch.
Figure 7

Then slide out of bottom of door latch. (green arrow) Remove door lock or door lock blank, depending on equipment. See our tech article on door handle removing.

Remove three T30 Torx door latch fasteners.
Figure 8

Remove three T30 Torx door latch fasteners. (green arrows) Then remove door latch from door. To install new latch reverse order of steps. Remember to check function of the latch before installing door panel. I suggest closing latch with a flathead screwdriver while door is open, then open it using the cables once you attached them. This will ensure it is working.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Yangorang Comments: The BMW TIS procedure calls for some special tool 51 2 190 to pretension the latch before torquing the bolts down. What exactly does this do and how would we do this without the special tool?
August 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe the tool centers the latch onto the door and hols it in place. To replace the latch as shown in article, follow the steps described. If you need more info on the procedure with the tool. look to BMW's factory repair info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
E91 Comments: I have an 07 E91. All of my lock pins EXEPT the drivers door are stuck in the unlocked/up position. Aside from that the doors all function properly with the remote and the lock button on the dash. You can't even push them down by hand. Dealer says I have a code for front passenger regulator. Will changing the front passenger lock regulator somehow fix this for all 3 doors? Again all doors function properly but the pins no longer go up and down??
August 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds more like one of the doors isn't being seen closed via the latch switches. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
RLBMW Comments: I have a 2008 328i Sedan E90 and ran into the problem of my driver door being stuck shut. After taking off the trim/door panel, and manually depressing the Bowden cables on the inside and outside the door would still not open. The lock and unlock electrical action worked fine. After some work, I got it open by prying the actuator back and opening the inside door Bowden cable lever at the same time. Anyways, I believe the actuator gears are messed up so I'm going to replace the actuator on the driver door, but should I also replace the Bowden cables? Any help, tips or advice is appreciated.
August 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Usually the cable is OK, you should be able to inspect it to see if the ends are worn or the cable looks frayed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dave Comments: I need a driver'sright 2009 E90 door actuator.Its AC 320i.price to Australia please.thankyou, David Davis
June 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-310-626-8765. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Azpuppy Comments: Ok, so got the door lock actuator replaced on the front driver's door. Now we can't get the lock assemble to go back in. The door panel is off, the door lock cable is in place but it seems to be blocking the insertion of the door lock from the outside. Does this sound right?
June 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the lock cylinder rod aligned with the slot correctly? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
WaheedA Comments: Russell, were you able to resolve the issue, i am having the same problem. back seat door locked with the kids safety lock on.
please share if the solution if you have fixed this issue.
June 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The door panel will have to be removed, then the latch manually opened. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Leshman Comments: i have a problem with my E90 325i passenger rear door,it has locked its self with a child lock on,so I can't open it with the key,please help!
May 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to remove the door panel and manually open it at the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Russell Comments: any other ideas if rotating the lock rod does not solve the problem, would drilling out the holder release the door...thanks
April 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the lock rod will not do it, you care going to have to break the latch apart inside the door until the door will open. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Russell Comments: could you send me picture of the lock rod..thanks
April 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have one to share. It is the rod from the door lock to the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Russell Comments: the latch goes up and down to the end range of motion,should I try to force down past were it wants to stop...thanks
April 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I wouldn't force it. I would try to rotate the lock rod from the front. Use needle nose pliers. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Russell Comments: I have 2007 328i and the driver rear door is locked from inside and outside.
I have completed the latch cable detachment and the door is still locked.
The interior panel is off and to remove the door handle is not possible since I am unable to open the door....help!!!
April 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to follow the cable to the latch, then try to manually unlock and open the latch. Try using a flathead screwdriver or hook. Do not bend or damage the latch . - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Raymondz Comments: Please help me how to pull the lock actuator out from the front passenger side door 2008 BMW 335i Convertible. I tried to rotated many way to pull it out but no success.
April 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the window regulator in the way? If so, remove it first. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Matthew Comments: I've been trying to track down a specific problem and I'm starting to suspect the actuator. I finally got the door open but I had to remove the latch cable from the holders in figure 6&7. Once I did that i could manually press the holder in figure 7 to open the door. Once that was done I could attach the cable and open the door with any of the methods normally used. BUT...if I lock the door by any means, I cannot open the door again until I remove the cable and repeat the process.
April 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The latch sounds faulty. Just be sure the cable is OK, then replace the latch. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
vusi Comments: Went through to the latch tried opening the latch stil not unlocking, it seems the latch is stuck on the locked position or maybe there is a place button maybe where u can release
April 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to remove the door handle Bowden cable. Then locate the lever for the lock rod and see if moving it unlocks the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
vusi Comments: I am understanding all that, but my problem is to actualy get the door to unlock and open then have some space to work with
April 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will want to remove the door panel from the interior, it will be tough but can be done. Then manually open the door, then you will have access to t he latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mochasapphire Comments: I have an 2006 BMW 325i, when I hit the remote unlock button, the lock sounds like it rattles but it want unlock. I am not sure what this means. anyone knows? please help.
March 12, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the latch is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
crocodiledog Comments: I suspect the latch is broken in the locked position. The actuator seems to be functioning and I've already tried to move it manually from inside the door. The door won't open and I can't get to the screws to remove the latch. Is there another way to get to the latch from the back side?
March 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can follow the lock rod down to the latch, then hold the lever in the unlocked position while you release the latch lever. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jfdez Comments: 2006 BMW 330I. Trunk will not open with remote or interior button.
February 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the wiring to the trunk that runs along the lid support. It may be broken. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Diego82 Comments: Hi,my doors wont lock or unlock via the remote or button on the dash, they suddenly stop working around 3 days ago, my car is a 07 335i.
Please help
Already check fuse 56 and 57 and they are good and i dont want to order a new part just yet
January 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the remote antenna and remote signal tot he vehicle using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sid Comments: Apologies in advance...I posted the same question in Removing door panel section.

Model: 2009 BMW 320d.
Car doors locks and unlocks as expected with remote and button on dash board. But the left passenger door won't unlock using internal door handle. Door button does not stay up when handle is pulled once as it used to. When unlocked with remote or unlock button on dashboard, button rattles up and down and stays down. Door locks and unlocks normally though. What might be the issue?
January 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The latch is likely faulty. First check that the lock rod isn't jammed, if it moves freely up and down, the issue is likely the latch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: Update to below: it's the door LOCK that won't detach. The key still locks/unlocks the door, and I can't detach that linkage for some reason.
January 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Procedure you need is here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E90/BODY-Door_Handle_Replacement/BODY-Door_Handle_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Joe Comments: I can't seem to get the handle to detach from the actuator. I am 3 days into this Problem after problem and I don't understand why no one has mentioned the handle detaching from the actuator. I don't know how to get it loose, much less how to reattach it later. I have a 2009 335i sedan. Driver door actuator is unhooked except dangling from the handle attachment. I doubt I'll own another BMW after this.
January 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See the steps here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E90/BODY-Door_Handle_Replacement/BODY-Door_Handle_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
michvin Comments: Thanks for the tutorial. Latch comes out not easily, but it does if flipped vertically and then horizontally. It is tight, but possible. Then it is possible to take it under window rail long flat side first. Also, on original latch there was a white plastic guide where the lock mechanism interacts with actuator. In my case it needed to be moved from old to new. In addition, BEFORE you insert new latch inside the door, check if you can screww the three screws in it. Mine didn't have thread and I had to force the screws first time. It is MUCH easier to do, when the latch is outside.
Good luck!
August 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
nyamza Comments: Both my rear doors refuse to open manualy or using the remote for closing and opening the car ,what can i do,e90 bmw
April 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: May be a module or wiring issue. I would test actuation using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
cactus Comments: My door is locked..can't open it from either side..how can I take panels off?
February 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The same way you would if the door was open. it is a bit harder due to detaching the trim panel clips with the door shut, but it can be done. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Al Comments: this video seemed incomplete ..after step8 was completed there was NO ROOM to pull out the door lock actuator . The window regulator rail was in the way as was a foam piece at the bottom corner of the door.After taking the rear window regulator rail out preceded by taking the window out, then the foam piece came out easily AND THEN the lock actuator had plant of room to take out of the door .
December 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I usually don't remove the window regulator rail to get the actuator out. When rotated correctly, it will fit out. Takes some fiddling. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jeff Comments: What door latch part do I need? 2007 328i sedan. The door mechanism? Why is the front pair lower cost then the single front door? Thanks
October 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the door latch? Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
kbsport Comments: Figure 5 Any comments/procedures on removing the gold/brass object from housing?
April 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is part of the door handle. You would have to remove the door handle components. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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