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Old 12-08-2018, 03:24 PM
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Thank you Brian for the post!! I was searching on a fix for this problem and some said to remove the door inside panel and nearly gave up before I started. Until I saw this and God send I opened the door in less then 5 min. It's only my second time I ever worked on my BMW. Very clear and precise pictures and instructions!!! Thanks again!!!
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:57 AM
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Kent, England
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TeeJay is on a distinguished road
This really works!

Thank you,

I have now twice solved this locking problem on the passenger door of my X5. I must now carry out the rest of the advice and grease the offending links.

Thank you so much. This would have been an expensive garage job otherwise.


Kind regards,

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Old 02-27-2020, 12:12 PM
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Location: Chicago
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Serb404 is on a distinguished road
great write up btw, had this happen recently and referred to this post for help!
2004 Jet Black E53
156K miles
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Old 03-14-2020, 05:54 PM
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi everyone,

I am having an issue where I replaced the door carrier on the rear passenger. It was a pain to remove the old one so I unbolted the lock actuator to give me more space. Also had removed the metal lock/unlock rod that comes out of the door to show it is locked or not.

After reinstalling everything I went to do a test with the panel still off. Now the door will not open at all. It is not stuck in lock either.

Does anyone know of a way to get the actuator to open besides interior cable? It definitely unlocked just seems stuck closed like the actuator is not releasing and allowing the door to open.

Thank you in advance!

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X5 4.4i
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Old 07-13-2020, 04:56 PM
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Location: UK
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rocky4x4 is on a distinguished road
Excellent instructions from Brian which saved me considerable time and effort, thank you Sir. I have previously changed two drivers door handle carrier mechanisms on my X5’s (2005 & 2006) which thankfully both failed “door open” condition so it was only necessary to follow the door card off and replace door handle carrier procedure, not a pleasant job but take your time and it can be done. Last week the front passenger door handle carrier mechanism on one of my X5’s failed but in “door shut” condition and I have to admit until I read the comprehensive instructions from Brian I was concerned it would necessitate sacrificing the door card to gain access to the internals but the wire tool and depth tape saved the day and after following the instructions to the letter the door was open and I breathed a sigh of relief. A few hours later all was back together and fully functional.I was just reading the post by Draztik and may have had the same problem, everything refitted and thought I would test before refitting the door card but the lock would not operate or allow me to close the door so I refitted the window switch mechanism to the wiring ( three plugs) without the door card and the door lock worked normally allowing me to refit everything . I presume the circuit for the door lock is routed through the window switch?Hope this helps.
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