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Old 05-02-2006, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need help with central locking

I have a 1994 bmw 318i and i dont know how to activate central locking becuz when i lock the door from drivers or passengers side it will only lock that door all the doors will remain open and i have to close them individually it was working before but after i came home it does that. is there anyway i would have disabled it. please help, even the alrm doesnt arm. I have this red light in front of gearshift lever does this mean i have keyless entry and i also have a horn near the front headlight does this mean i only have to program a remote to work with my keyless entry.


Right now the central locking help will be appreciated.

One more thing my passenger side window doesnt go up or go down does this mean the switch is bad becuz it did work before and feeling the switch i think its bad.

Help please guys.

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Old 05-02-2006, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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umm cant help with the locking but with the window, does it sound like its trying to go up? or are you getting no sound of life from it at all?

locks suck... ive been trying to help my friend fix his forever!
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey

It didnt have a problem i mean the central locking it happened when i think i hit something or i dont know i think its disabled, but for the window no life at all. just the clicking of the switch can be heard i think its bad
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probibly the window motor is shot, or unpluged... i cant really tell you from here but just got a mech. to check it out, get a diagnostic then u can come back here and im sure we can help you fix it...
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figured out the problem

Ok i wasnt patient enough so i went out right now and found out that the central locking fuse was blown i replaced it and the central locking system started working fine and what happens is when i unlock my car all the doors open and also my fuel flap opens if i dont close my fuel flap and central locking it through the front doors the fuse will blow again. this doesnt happen when u keep on holding the fuel flap and lock ur car the central lock works fine but if u let it stay out of its place it will blow the fuse. So is there anyway of unlocking the car without letting the central locking system release the fuel flap, do i require a special set of keys just to unlock the doors.
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wow great stuff... i never even thought about that flap... thanks for that ima tell him to check that out...
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Ok i wasnt patient enough so i went out right now and found out that the central locking fuse was blown i replaced it and the central locking system started working fine and what happens is when i unlock my car all the doors open and also my fuel flap opens if i dont close my fuel flap and central locking it through the front doors the fuse will blow again. this doesnt happen when u keep on holding the fuel flap and lock ur car the central lock works fine but if u let it stay out of its place it will blow the fuse. So is there anyway of unlocking the car without letting the central locking system release the fuel flap, do i require a special set of keys just to unlock the doors.
thats strange, how did u test this out? the fuel flap thing works the same as any of the other doors but has a little knob that pops out.
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hey

the fuel door opens up when i unlock my car and i can shut it completely by holding the flap and locking the car centrally from outside. and then when i open my car again the fuel flap opens up, what a stupid german piece of engineering, i dont know but i figured out that my central lockin fuse keeps on blowing up, any suggestions to find out the problem if u can can u give me some info on how to open the doorsidings on the inside i mean i will have to figure out where the shot is and then try to fix it.

any help will be appreciated.
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So the fuel flap is swinging open? Or is it only that the lock on it is being released? If it swings open, then you are looking at something strictly mechanical -- perhaps a spring of some kind. I don't remember how it looks inside the fuel flap. Try taking out any fuses that are dedicated to that fuel flap, and make sure you do so when the door is not locked. I am not sure I completely understand your problem, but I hope my post is of some help.

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hey

The fuel flap swings open and stays out, unless u keep on pushing it and lock the car centrally then it locks, but again my central locking fuse keeps on blowing up, again how do u take the power window switches out of the center console.

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my audi was the same mechanism but the fuel flap did stay in its place even if the car was unlocked.

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The fuel flap swings open and stays out, unless u keep on pushing it and lock the car centrally then it locks, but again my central locking fuse keeps on blowing up, again how do u take the power window switches out of the center console.

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my audi was the same mechanism but the fuel flap did stay in its place even if the car was unlocked.

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Your E36's fuel flap is supposed to stay in place even while unlocked. That is why I am suggesting that the hinge spring may have gone bad. For the power window switches, remove the shift lever boot, then push the switches out from underneath the center console.
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I had a similiar problem with my central locking fuse (7.5A) in the rear luggage compartment blowing whenever I would use the remote key to lock / unlock my 2001 E39. I finally figured out the problem: the actual spring / actuator to lock and unlock the fuel flap cover was out of alignment and actually touching the inside bare metal of the care. Whenever the remote signal was sent to lock or unlock the vehicle the fuel flap some part of the actuator was coming into contact with the bare metal of the veichle, thus creating the short.

To realign the spring / actuator into the fuel flap housing you need to get inside your trunk on the side of your fuel flap and jiggle the spring / actuator into the rubber boot from the inside pushing in. You need to be patient as this may take some time especially if you have big hands. Once aligned, lock or unlock your vehicle manually. The spring / actuator will align itself. To test, lock your vehicle via remote, the fuel flap cover should now be locked. Unlock via remote, fuel flap cover should be in the unlock position.
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