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Old 12-24-2004, 05:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys i need a little assistance. I just got a new to me 91' BMW it's an M5 but that doesn't matter in this case i think. My passenger front door will not open from the outside all the time, once in a while it does but not every time like it should. It always seems like it is locked even when i know the other doors are unlocked. what do i have to do here? should i get a new lock actuator and replace it?
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Old 12-25-2004, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i recently replaced the handle on my 1995 530. the frame assembly of the door handle that mounts on the inside of the door had cracked from fatigue (think of how many times that door's been opened on your '91). since the mechanism itself that opens the door is pretty basic (it's a lever w/ a ball bearing roller on the end of the lever, kinda), i would start there. if you remove the door panel you can do it yourself. to get the plastic cover off the door lever (the cover on the outside of the door), open your door and right above the door lock of the door (not the I-pillar of the frame) there should be a small plastic cap about an inch in length near the door handle, pry it out, take a flashlight and push on the metal lever that holds the plastic cap/cover onto the door. you can take the whole lock assembly out, do it with the window closed, and get ready to scrape a few knuckles doing it. a dealer or authorized shop will have to replace the lock itself since it's got something to do with theft prevention. the door lock assy is around $175 US. good luck.
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