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Old 03-01-2010, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wink Locks then Unlocks????????

So if I put the key in the hole and turn it to lock it, it locks. Then it immediately unlocks. Then when I try it a second time, it locks and stays locked. Not sure if this is normal as I got the car like this but it has now driven me crazy enough to post for help. Any ideas?
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the contacts of the electrical part of your lock switch are either dirty or the electronic lock is going bad.

I think if you turn your key to the right a little more firmly, it will stay locked. If yes, time to open the panels and inspect; clean(if possible) or replace the electrical part of the door lock. Small microswitch that can be pesty at times, really.
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Well I have tried holding it for a couple seconds but the door unlocks before i release. So it is something electrical huh. Figures. It does it on both doors btw.
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Well I have tried holding it for a couple seconds but the door unlocks before i release. So it is something electrical huh. Figures.
YUP! and if it does the same for both doors then i would move upstream and check to see it there are other switches or relays leading to the door circuits.

You did not mention year and model, so i can't say what to look for and where to probe ...
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Hey thanks for the reply. Sorry it took so long. 1992 325is 2dr
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I also have this problem 95 M3. Where is this micro switch located in the door. It is something I'm going to need to take care of soon.
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