i've searched and searched and i only get half-way sporadic posts for this issue and non-pictured diy that seems quite common among the e46.
Today my right door actuator failed.
The door will not lock/unlock and i can hear the actuator struggling to work. The fact that i hear it doing weird noises proves that it's the actual mechanism and not a software/general module issue. Sometimes the actuator will manage to push the lock pin halfway up/down.
On monday i will get a replacement actuator from dealership and will do 2 things:
I. Replace the broken part with brand new
ii. Attempt to repair broken part (nothing found here)
anybody interested for a complete diy, loaded with pictures (whoever reads my posts will understand)? Takes a long time to photoshop 80+ pictures to add descriptions, resize, arrows etc. If the repair proves successful, i will also write another diy for door lock actuator repair (as long as there's interest). No need to spend $$$ for repairable parts.
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