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#1 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 02:56 AM
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Angry E38 deadlock problem

Hi

Dont know whether you can help.

Overnight, my partner washed my trousers, sadly with the key still in the pocket, the door would not unlock the next day.

Got a replacement key from BMW. I can get in the boot and under the bonnet, but I think the problem is mechanical, not electrical.

Conversations with BMW suggested that the car had, for whatever reason, deadlocked itself.

Looking on the internet, there seems no resolution is available. I talked to a local BMW specialist who had a similar car in his stock - he had taken out the windscreen to gain access to the door handles, but even sitting inside pulling the handles would not open the doors.


Over the last few weeks, I have had everybody from a local fireman to a (reformed) car thief try and get inside without damaging the car and all have failed. I find it hard to believe that BMW could have designed a lock where, if it failed, the only method of access is by virtually destroying the door.

Any ideas?
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Deadlocked Doors

Have you tried the procedure/s at the e34.net website? If not go there, click on troubleshooting nad then doors.
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That's weird. I have had one door with that symptom

on my e38, but never two at once. Our e38s are very susceptible to voltage issues, I would suggest to disconnect the battery overnight, that may solve the problem.
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Will this work?

Locked doors : BMW E34 Website

My e34 had one door which due to old age and both door motors fritzed and in dead bolt position, required the removal of trims as described. Not easy but it worked.

Is your battery OK? Maybe low voltage problem? If ALL doors are dead locked it must be an electrical problem.
Does your new key need to be set up to the cars system? This is an interesting thread

http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...how-to-t33304/

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I should read the posting dates! I hope all is now OK.
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Try turning Passenger door key with handle up first
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