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Old 02-07-2019, 04:08 PM
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Also the idea of jacking up the car and locate the starter seems impossible there is no space to locate the positive terminal. There is also a panel underneath that is blocking the view to where the starter is.
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You are right Crystalworks suggestion would be my best bet. I will head up to Canadian tire and look for that tool.
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Heat the key, rather than the lock mechanism.
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Heat the key, rather than the lock mechanism.
I thought the key cylinder work, but his door carrier is frozen.
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gentlemen, I am locked out! I need some help battery died this morning due to extreme cold weather here in Alberta. I cannot use the key fob to unlock the doors since the battery is completely dead. The X5 door can unlock with the key but the carrer is stuck can't open the door due to it being frozen. Please someone help.
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I thought the key cylinder work, but his door carrier is frozen.
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If you have a trailer hitch you can apply an external 12v source to the correct pins on the hitch connector to power the locks etc.
Do you have more information on this? I've never heard about that

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So if the battery is dead, and the handle carrier is broken, then how would one ever open the car?
Is there a way to hook up some pos and neg wires from a 12v source to a part of the car?
I.e. a number plate light, indicator light.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:57 AM
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If battery is dead, the key has a mechanical override, you can unlock the DRIVER door, but if DHC is broken, you have to use a screwdriver or a thin, stiff wire hook to push/pull on the DHC carrier cable to open the door.


If that failed, I would probably break into the hood (on x5 you can't get to the cable unless you cut a small hole in the plastic around the radiator but i've done it on BMW where the hood cable is broken), then you can apply power at the B+ jump point.

Others have gotten to the alternator or starter under the car to apply power to the B+ maybe through the fender by taking off the wheel.

i accidentally shut my driver door with the key inside with the driver DHC broken that's when i figured out how to open the door with a screwdriver by pushing on the cable that the DHC tugs on; you simply push sideways on the cable and it pulls the cable up the sheath just like if you pulled the handle when DHC is working.

I have to go read the original post i just saw 'frozen' on DHC that's a different story.
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Well, there is a solution... but it's not going to be fun in freezing temps. Maybe not even possible if the doors are frozen shut. At autozone (or whatever the Canadian equivalent if no AZ) you can find door poppers. It's basically an inflatable bag, a wedge, and a couple of long poles with a hook. You'll have to pry open the door with the wedge enough to slide the uninflated bag in. Then inflate the bag. This should crack the door open enough to use the hook to pull the door lock handle from the inside. We used to use them when the mechanics would lock keys in the cars at the shop.
that will work if the lock cylinder allowed unlocking the door on the DRIVER door only; the rest will be double-locked still.
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if you can't pull up on the handle at all it's not the DHC frozen it's either the actuator (90% chance) or the cable that goes from the DHC to the actuator.

If you can get the door open it's a very simple process to un-freeze the actuator; blow heat with hair dryer into the latch; i un-froze mine in less than 15 seconds.

With the door closed, you need to warm the entire door; a space heater pointed at or under the door will work, but if you are outside, planning will be required; use the likes of a moving blanket to keep the heat near the door (or a some cardboard etc).

it usually takes about 30-40 minute drive to warm the door up from the inside to the point where a frozen actuator will un-freeze; been there done that many times.

The good news; if you did not pull hard on the door handle and it doesn't lift up spongy-like you didn't break the DHC and it just needs to thaw and it'll fix itself. The bad news is I didn't see your thread until a week late. I'm curious if you solved the problem or have been stuck using a different car.
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