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Old 12-30-2008, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi every one. ok i have a 90 535i i went to costa rica a few weeks ago and left my car out side locked. its bout -30 out and i cant get into it. ive tried holding the door handles up and unlocking it but its not working. does any one have any suggestions on how i can get into my car?
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So is the batt flat or is it just iced up ?
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if batt is dead it should still open hard put de icer in the lock and turn it should open if the seals frozen you might have to pry it open while holding the handle
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Try hitting the windshield on the driver's lower side with your fist. I have heard this unlocks the doors in case of an accident. I'm not kidding!

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i think the batt is dead, im not going to hit the window cause well the just doesnt make any sence, but i wi ll try the de icer in the lock.
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Try hitting the windshield on the driver's lower side with your fist. I have heard this unlocks the doors in case of an accident. I'm not kidding!

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Would you wanna be the first to test this on your car?
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Is your batt in the boot, if so you should be able to unlock boot manually then you can put some jump leads on your batt this should give enough power to open the doors via remote.
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Would you wanna be the first to test this on your car?

I'm not kidding, he said it worked for him. He did it on an 8 series model though and the engine was running with the doors locked. I read it on another forum.
I thought he could try it, had nothing to lose anyway. It was just a bump on the windshield, It's not like he took a hammer...

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I'm not kidding, he said it worked for him. He did it on an 8 series model though and the engine was running with the doors locked. I read it on another forum.
I thought he could try it, had nothing to lose anyway. It was just a bump on the windshield, It's not like he took a hammer...

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Isn't most likely that whatever happened was more of a chance fluke than a consistent, expectable result?
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I don't think it was a fluke. I'm trying to find the link in the ROADFLY forum but I can't find it. Like I said, his car was 8 series with the engine running and the doors locked.
This other member, said that in case of an accident, all doors unlock themselves during impact. I think it's a nice feature, I sure don't want to be locked in if the car catches fire.

So he suggested the windshield "bump" on the driver's side since there is an impact sensor in that area.

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I would think an unlock on impact switch would be something based on a sudden change in motion, based on the conservation of momentum.
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Good point!

I would still try it if I'm locked out though... ha ha

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the "bump" trick only works if the key is in the on position and the battery is Ok. if he has a dead battery and is locked out this wont work. Also, its not at the windshield on a 5 series. you need to jack the car up with a jack and get under it and hit the area directly below the rear seat. This is where the crash sensor is located.
Sounds like he has a dead battery and has already tried using the correct method which is to lift up on the handle before turning the lock. Problem is now that these cars are getting older a lot of times the lock cylinders are worn out and so this safety feature no longer works. Worst case scenario you can break into the engine compartment using a long skinny flat blade screwdriver to manipulate the hood latch. once under the hood you can use a jump box or another car with jumper cables to energize the car and then the key should work in the doors. no need to use the "bump" method if you have the key.
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ok its getting colder and colder out, so im going to wait til the spring and get into her then. thanks every one for the helpfull suggestions
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