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Old 01-27-2019, 06:17 PM
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If your pwr door lock doesnt work and the dome light doesnt come on

If you go to open your drivers door and the dome light doesn't come on and the locking the car with the remote doesn't lock the drivers door it may not be your door actuator like you would think. I know I thought that was the problem or the previous owner didn't plug it back in when working on ti for some reason... Nope.

It seems if the power window switch assembly in the drivers door panel isn't plugged in fully it disables the drivers door lock actuator completely and since this also is how the car knows when you open the door the dome light doesn't come on.

It seems the previous owner found those little lever latches a bit to complicated so they just ignored them and removed the connectors anyway without releasing them first.

This in itself wasn't the cause. The cause had to do with the fact that without the lever to position the plastic cam correctly it allowed the connector to be pressed back in but it cant fully seat in the socket since the cam bottoms out early.

Next time I take that door panel off I will take pictures showing what I ran into. I need to get on the net now and order replacement shells for the connectors to restore them to proper working order.

Once the cam fragment was rotated right it allowed the connector to fully seat and presto the door lock went to working and the dome light responded to the door being open.

I never imagine they were related wiring wise.

Someone is bound to run into this one day so I figured I should document it for them
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:18 PM
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Oh and they put the air bag BEHIND the moisture barrier



Even used duct tape to make sure it sealed around the air bag
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:17 PM
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Muppets - you would think those rods used to move their hands would make it hard to work on cars but it's seems this is not the case....
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:46 PM
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The totally screwed that door up with their window regulator fix.
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The totally screwed that door up with their window regulator fix.
The question remains... how many other doors did they "fix?"

Good info though. Excellent for new acquisition owners who might think the E53 is full of electrical gremlins. Should help a few people I'm sure.
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The door actuator does plug in through the door control. You have to have the door control module plugged in to operate the door lock actuator. Good to point that out though. It was Important to me recently when repairing the door actuator since I wanted to test before we assembly. Since you have to remove the door module to get the door panel off, have to put it back on to test.

Amazing about airbag outside the people environment yikes


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