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Old 01-24-2019, 12:41 AM
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Frozen door latches

So update: Absolutely identified the Problem. I threw the actuator in the freezer for half an hour and I could not release the latch. In addition I caught the self destruct button slooooowly moving from destruct to safe mode on video.

I was able to get it to release with one shot of deicer and now it's re freezing and im going to attempt to de-ice with a lighter (I would recommend others use a heat gun or hair dryer).

If you heat the inside of the latch with a heat gun you will be able to get your latch working pretty quickly. The rivets that hold the metal that freezes are on either side of the latch opening.
E53 / M54 2001 3.0i gas LHD (pair of them: his & her)

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