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Old 05-17-2005, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need an intelligent response to this question. If you smart and worthy answer please post. I think I know what is wrong but I want to hear other opinions first.

Ok here it goes. It has been happening for a month now.

1989 BMW e34 m20 525iA 272,000 miles

Both front doors permanently unlocked. Rear left door permanently locked. Back right door is the only one that works.

Locks are rock solid and won't move.

When the car is unlocked by turning the key, it sounds as if all the locks click to unlock. The rear right door (only working one) unlocks and then immediately ocks again. Turn the key to the unlock position again and it unlocks and stays unlocked. The trunk locks also work. When unlocked formt he trunk, same result occurs.

This is pissing me off. can't keep valuables in my car anymore unless I lock them in the trunk. besides the fact that it is embarassing.

Honestly can someone help or has experienced this before on their 5er or other series?

I ask the moderators if it is OK that I copy and post this in multiple sections in which I know intelligent help is availible. This is for urgency and exposure.
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Old 05-18-2005, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Whatsofar have you checked other than physical symptoms? Are there any wiring issues you may know/have not checked about? Fuses? Hopefully it's not a computer issue. I do not think it is; in the 3-series it isn't. Just trying to help others to help you out.
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Old 05-18-2005, 08:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks.

Fuses are fine. Havent really looked into it much farther than that.
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The only thing I can contribute is to check the small switch that tells the car your doors are closed. Not sure how the 5 series is, but on the e36 there's a small little switch on the inside of where the door latch latches.

Mine wasn't being pushed all the way down so I couldn't lock my doors because the car thought the driver's was always open.
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What sweitch? A picture would be nice, but i dont think our e34's were equipped with what you are talking about. Can you guide my idiot ass with a more idiot proof explanation of the location of this switch?
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i thinkt eh switch kevin is talking about is the same one that turns off the lights.. when the door is open, the lgihts go on, when the door is closed, the lights go off(b/c there is a little button that is pushed when the door is cloesd) just like a fridge


maybe your lock actuator?
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