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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-03-2005, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When you push on the door lock it will not go down, it will not lock. Attempting to lock from the outside with a key revealed the lock outside spins sort of loosely, and sorta pops past the locking point. In other words, key doesn't work either. What is the solution? Buy a new lock? I haven't taken the door panel off yet to look at the lock assembly. Is this a hard problem to fix? Anybody else experience this problem? Thanks!

Edit: This is a 1985 318i
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Old 03-03-2005, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The exact same thing happened to me, but only when it was really cold outside. A friend of mine told me to lubricate the locks. I wasn't exactly sure what he meant and I never did. As the weather warmed up it fixed itself. My car is also from 1985. Is yours a problem in the cold or is it consistently this way?
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