Sounds like the locking motor has jammed half way. But that's a guess - it
will need the door stripped out to find the true cause. Was there anyone
in the driver's seat at the time? It happened to me once when someone was
opening the door at the same time as the central locking was operated by
*Starfishes have no brains *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Thanks for your opinion. The key does properly lock/unlock all
the four doors; and that is from either door.
I did remove the door cover from the inside . . . the parts that
are behind the door outside handle are hidden . . . Also the master
locking also works properly . . . when the incident happened, no
was inside the car.
So, the doors all lock and unlock okay, but the Driver Side door does not
open from the outside?
The linkage between the door handle and the latching mechanism is either
broken or stuck. You need to remove the latching mechanism to determine what
the trouble is.
I have a '94 E36 convertible. I do not recall exactly how the latching
mechanism comes out, but I took mine out because the car was not making the
drive side window drop and raise properly -- on my car, and the 2-door cars,
the window drops about 10 mm when the door is opened so that the glass will
clear the rubber seal -- and I figured out that the trouble was physically
located inside the door latch.
The latch and the handle come out separately. I do not recall if one must
come out before the other, but getting to them is not all that difficult.
With the door open, you will notice a rubber cover at the top rear edge of
the door. Peel this cover back and an access hole will be exposed. You can
use a screwdriver in this hole to release the tab holding the trim plate on
that goes around the handle. When the trim is off, you will find the screws
that actually hold the handle on.
With the door panel removed you will find two small screws that are covered
by the panel, and two more screws on the edge of the door (below the rubber
cover that you lifted earlier). With these screws removed, you can jockey
the latch around inside the door and get it out.
The mechanism has switches inside that activate the other door locks and do
some other stuff. On my convertible, the linkage that operates one of these
switches was sticky and would not work correctly. There are mechanical
linkages between the handle and the latch, I would guess that your trouble
is with these linkages. The linkages are held on with plastic clips, my
guess is you have broken a clip and the linkage fell off.
If you can get the door panel off, and follow my directions to remove the
latch and handle, you will be capable of fixing the problem with a zip tie.
I would encourage you to get the proper clip thingie, but a zip tie could do
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