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Old 09-12-2022, 09:24 PM
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This has been said before but just wanted to add my own experience. I needed to open the door on a X5 at Pick'N Pull to remove the side passenger mirror.

I can confirm as other have said that it is possible to remove the door panel with the door closed (front passenger).

The rod trick wouldn't work for me. After removing the side airbag, I had good access to the mechanism but was unable to push it.

What finally worked for me was to apply 12V current to the actuator. I believe it was the blue wire and one of the white one. That finally unlocked the door and I was able to open it.

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Old 11-21-2022, 05:58 PM
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one of my three torx bolts is stripped inside the lock, it just spins but won’t back out. any ideas on how to remove?
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Old 11-21-2022, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by E36X5er View Post
one of my three torx bolts is stripped inside the lock, it just spins but won’t back out. any ideas on how to remove?
Put inward pressure on the lock assembly (via the main aperture) while spinning the stripped bolt...
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Old 12-31-2022, 12:51 PM
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This job was pure hell !! I'm a DIY mechanic I do everything suspension brakes, intake manifolds, brakes, etc this was the worse car experience I ever had and I'm over 50 years old. I want to punch the BMW engineer in the face who created this over complicated door mechanism that is junk and prone to failure. A few days ago 12/23/22 very cold freeze days, opening the door I broke my handle carrier passenger side. Common problem, simple replace the door carrier right? After replacing the door carrier (that took about 6 hours of hell) upon the door locking, I couldn't get it open from outside or inside. I found this thread, luckily I didn't have to resort to this method as trying it maybe 30 times the door finally opened. The root cause thanks to amazon reviews, was the cable on the aftermarket part was like a 2 millimeters short causing the unlock not to work. I could write a book, tons of videos on youtube and no one tells you the finer details of likely problems you will face. My recommendation to most people, pay someone it will worth the money.
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Old 11-09-2023, 11:46 AM
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So I’ve been having a similar issue but if I could lay out all details to see if anyone has a tip
Three weeks ago I began replacing a drivers side door handle carrier. This is my third x5 and is always a recurring issue so I’m very comfortable now replacing them. Hadn’t put the door panel back on and went to go somewhere and my battery/alternator quit.
So then after a new alternator and battery I’m up and running again. Back to the door project!
Door was opening and closing fine with new carrier, door card still off and window switch attached. Locks working with key fob, and still do. I locked the door with fob and then No!! Cannot open door. Door stuck shut.
The door card is open so I can easily see carrier is attached with ball clip properly seated. It moves the levers and I’ve manually moved them in the manner of the slim Jim trick to see if it just isn’t getting far enough but it seems that part is working properly. The inside handle wire also seems to be working fine.
So I’m thinking all I have left to try is the 12v to the actuator? Is there any other manual flipping of the levers I can try being that the door card is open?
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Old 03-11-2024, 07:26 AM
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Glad I found this post, thank you Brian!

Couldn't open passenger door so ordered new handle carrier from BMW.

Went to carry out job and found it wouldn't open from inside either.

Quick search I found this post and after making a tool from a metal coat hanger door was open in seconds!

Has worked ok since but I'm going to have to get the card off and grease up the points shown.
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