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Old 11-04-2007, 06:53 AM
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outside door handle stuck

i tried to lock my car when i walked away and was noticing the alarm was not turning on. so i walked back, opened the driver door then closed the door.. then i tried to open the door again and i can tell the door handle was kinda stuck out a bit more than normal and it wont open from the outside....

i can still open the door from the inside. what do you guys think the problem is?



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okay just opened up the door. it appears that when i pull the outside handle the metal wire no longer holds as much tension and thus the opening mechnism does not go up as high. does anyone have the schemetics to the drivers door locking/opening device? has anyone had this happen? do you think I have to replace the whole thing? if you had the dealer fix a problem like this how much was it?

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Old 11-04-2007, 06:35 PM
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You had this up for 10 hours on a Sunday, this isn't a full time BMW tech board. Guys will answer if they know the answer. Utilize the search as this isn't the first time this type of problem has been posted.

http://www.xoutpost.com/search.php?searchid=1028447
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:41 PM
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I had the similar problem which turned out to be a bad lock actuator. Its a good thing its under CPO warranty. It also could be a faulty lock mechanism. If it centrally locks with the other doors, it could be just the mechanism. Do a search on door actuator in the E53 forum
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okay guys... i think figured out the problem i guess it is the door carrier assembly.. the problem is i cant see any screws to take off the thing.. the screws are too well hidden.

i see a screw when you pull the outside door handle up and move the rubber cover. but there is barely enough room to see it let alone take it off so i am assuming the other screw lets you move things out of the way?

i removed the the side plastic cover (part number 3 if you look at the realoem picture) but can not see the hex screw at all, i cant even see a single crew. where are they hiding.

thanks for the help guys

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Old 11-04-2007, 09:07 PM
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Like you said, your problem is

the door handle carrier. Mine went bad 2 weeks ago and fixed it(2 hr job for me)
You have to remove the door panel to remove that assembly.

Do a search here a
nd you will find some links with pictures on how to remove the door panel.

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I haven't had this problem but here's a suggestion, find the search feature between "todays posts" and "Quick Links" type the words "door handle". I found the info including a diagram in 30 seconds.......

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i did the search already. found the info and disgram too. i took everything off.. i just cant see the screws for removal of the handle carrier.

16 and 17 on the pic

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I had the same problem with both front doors and I replaced the part number 15 in the diagram ... it comes complete with the bolts 16 and 17 i did not see the technichian remove anything ... price here in Saudi was around 95$ per handle
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You don't have to remove #16

just loosen it a bit.
#17 bolt is on the side of the door behind the oval plastic cover. You have to remove that cover and you'll see it inside.
#9 & #11 is one piece that comes out once you loosen the #17 from the side.
Feel free to ask more if it doesn't work
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