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Old 02-02-2019, 05:42 PM
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I think I found the cure: teflon pad used for gaming mice. I found some extra thick that is sold as a sheet you cut to size. A sheet of Teflon between the metal parts will first block most water from getting there and second ice won't stick. I will do a test in the freezer on the next actuator I remove.

I have a broken DHC that wasn't cold related (just wore out; fatigue failure). I will remove the actuator when I fix that and do a test soon as tomorrow.
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Looks like BMW made a modification to reduce the freezing issue but apparently also not a cure as my driver door just froze on me.

I put some Teflon on the bump they added and am freezing a drip of water in there right now.
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Frozen door latches

That pressed part is the revision BMW made?
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The bump on the stamped part. It lines up directly with the rivet that freezes up. I think it's meant to wipe the drip that forms but would only help if you happen to operate the latch while water is starting to form into a drip.


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After and before fix.

I deleted the self destruct tab completely. I will report back if that causes any problem (red)

Blue shows the spot where the part broke off the frame.
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From what year are those from?
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My car is 01. Year of the bracket i couldn't find a date stamp but being from the Midwest it's not likely original.


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My cable was destroyed from rust, I made a deal with a member here to get a couple broken DHC that I can use for spare parts but once I get them I'm planning to test my door with no outer sheath because I noticed how much force the outer sheath adds and I think that can be eliminated and remove one more freeze hazard (and the only one BMW officially admits to).

I was dumbfounded how much more effort it was to pull the latch release through the cable vs. directly. I'm hoping I can just remove the sheath and shorten the cable (by tying in a knot) I may have to add a small pulley so the angle at the bottom doesn't try to pull the ball off. I will definitely follow up on that.
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