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Old 01-13-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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My BMW e46 drivers door unlock but the door doesn't open

Hi guys I wonder if anyone can help my drivers door seems to be temperamental it will always unlock but the door won't open only do ruined it opens. I've taken of the door card and checked all seems fine even tighten the lock I'm stuck font know what to do help me please guys spent 2 days trying yo figure this out now.





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Old 01-14-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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Sounds like the Door actuator is bad.
My Driver side will unlock when I press the button but the door will not open unless I stick the key in the door and manually unlock it. My Pass side will unlock but will not open unless I open it from the inside. It sucks but the parts new are kinda pricey.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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Cheers trev but my won't open at all it will only open when it wants to. What's pricey mate?


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Old 01-14-2014, 03:41 PM   #4
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Is that all that I need mate?


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Old 01-15-2014, 07:34 AM   #5
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Sounds like the Door actuator is bad.
My Driver side will unlock when I press the button but the door will not open unless I stick the key in the door and manually unlock it. My Pass side will unlock but will not open unless I open it from the inside. It sucks but the parts new are kinda pricey.
Trevor, I had the same situation where the passenger door would only open from the inside. I found that the exterior handle cable had slipped out of the holder on the inside of the door. Just a matter of taking off the panel and snapping the cable back in the proper location.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:53 AM   #6
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Trevor, I had the same situation where the passenger door would only open from the inside. I found that the exterior handle cable had slipped out of the holder on the inside of the door. Just a matter of taking off the panel and snapping the cable back in the proper location.
Thanks for that. I'm going to look at that today,because latly when I roll the window down I do hear a noise like it's hitting something. I'll let you guys know it that's what my problem is as well. But the driver side has to be the actuator because I have already taken the panel off of that side.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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Had this same problem with both doors. Oddly at different times. They magically started working again for the last several months and have not had a problem since. No idea other than expansion and contraction from weather changes? Don't spend any money on it just yet. Let the season pass and see what happens. Maybe try some wd40 on it?
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Having this same issue with my car - driver's side door. I can lock the door with the remote along with the other door, but it won't unlock. Makes me wonder about the actuator since it locks.
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Yup, mine used to make the noise as if it unlocked, but it didn't. Just magically started working again one day.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:56 PM   #10
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Thanks sleeper it does open when it feels like hasn't for the last few days but when i lock it I can unlock the lock but not the door. It's starting to do my head in so difficult to get out have to climb out. Do you think it's worth me opening it up and checking behind the foam on the door.


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Old 01-19-2014, 09:59 PM   #11
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Aquila if your door first open it's because the plastic must be loose in the holder and needs to be pushed in. It's easy to open the side panel.


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Aquila if your door first open it's because the plastic must be loose in the holder and needs to be pushed in. It's easy to open the side panel.

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Hiya - Thanks for the tip. I will check that out. The door actually doesn't open, it only locks on the driver side.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:01 PM   #13
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Thanks aquilabmw cheers mate my doors doing well so far with the wd40 let's hope it stays that way.


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Sorry thanks supersleeper for the wd40 tip mate..


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Old 01-30-2014, 08:11 PM   #15
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I opened up the door panel today and could not see anything loose, missing or disconnected. Starting to think I have a faulty door actuator. The driver's door locks with the remote and the rest of the car unlocks with the remote key EXCEPT the driver's door.
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