lesson learned while replacing door actuator cable
So the drivers side door on my 91 535i wouldn't open from the inside.
I pulled the panel off and found that the cable had snapped.
I ordered a new one (only a $5.00 part).
I got it all hooked up, tugged on the cable and everything seemed to work.
Got the door panel on, went to shut the door and it wouldn't latch.
I pulled on the inside door release and it wouldn't move.
So to make a long story short because I fought with this for hours, I found out that you have to look for your production year when ordering certain parts.
The cable I ordered was about 3/8" too short. Which meant once I hooked it all up, it was pulling on the mechanism to the open position which is why it wouldn't latch.
My car has a production date of 9/1990 - the cable I ordered was for a production date of 9/1991 an on. I needed the cable for production date 9/1990 up to 9/1991 - totally different part number.
I thought I just needed to order a part for a '91 535i.
It also turns out the cable I need is a lot harder to find - not impossible because I found one but it also was a special order and I cannot return it for any reason.
Hard way to learn this lesson, but now I'll be more careful when I order parts.
I'm just glad it was only a $5.00 part.