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Old 06-09-2006, 12:29 PM   #21
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this helped my problem with the "hard to open door" issue and it did work for me. go buy a can of WHITE LITHIUM GREASE and spray liberally on the door latch and where it connects to the door.

i got this from watching a show on car maintenance on the speed channel. the can is like 4 bucks from autozone and now i can open my doors with one finger!

hope this helps!

sorry, but im kinda new to posting, so i dont know how to post pics yet. If you dont know what im talking about, just look at Smoof15's pic in the 1st post. spay in the opening you see in the pic (you dont need to remove the cover or anything, its open) and where it "connects" to (the hook like thingie).
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Old 06-09-2006, 12:42 PM   #22
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Ima try to do this when I get home...

I have no issues, but when I showed my mom my new-to-me car, she had to use both hands to pull on the door handle, to get it opened...

Its also awkward for women to understand you have to pull up slightly, my Titan had these big chrome handles that pulled straight out. Everyone thinks the BMW is the same way, but its not...

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Old 06-09-2006, 01:14 PM   #23
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yeah this problem is not isolated to BMWs, my lexus is the same way (same type of handle as well)....my ex gf couldn't even open the damn door when we used to be ready to go home i'd be starting up the car playing with my ipod and she'd be knockin on the glass like it was locked ...low and behold I walk around the car and open the door like i have the magic touch or something

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Old 06-09-2006, 03:58 PM   #24
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I too just looked this up in the TIS and tried to tighten the allen screw in the door. It should be noted that acording to the TIS that you shouldnt tighten to more than 5 Newton Meters, which isn't much.

Regardless, on my doors, it didnt seme to help much. My next step is to try some lithium grease on them, hopefully that will make things a little easier.
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:59 PM   #25
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yeah - I tried again on mine and still no improvement. I started to feel the bolt starting to stretch, so i decided to leave it be and will just grease things up when I get a chance.
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:23 PM   #26
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I'm in the same boat. I tried to tighten the bolts again just to make sure, and I even loosened them as someone else in this thread mentioned.

Futhermore I even greased the lock mechanisum in the door with lithium grease... My doors are still hard to open.

Either my doors are not that bad (I have nothing to compare them to) or I'm not doing something right..
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:06 PM   #27
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going to try this now! thanks
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:14 AM   #28
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Bentley says....

with the door open, use a screwdriver to flip the door latch to the closed position. Pull on the outside door handle. If the latch unlocks, then no adjustment is necessary. If the latch does not pop open, LOOSEN the adjustment screw and then retighten. Simply tightening the bolt without loosening it first will not do anything (unless it may have been loose in the first place). Note that the right side door has a LEFT hand thread on the adjustment screw (clockwise to loosen, counterclockwise to tighten).

I guess loosening/retightening resets something and it worked like a charm for me. Bentley also says that if this does not work, you must replace the door lock.
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Old 06-23-2006, 02:53 AM   #29
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I can't even explain how happy I am right now. My 10 yr old had the HARDEST time opening my door until I read this thread. She had to pull on it with all of her body weight! I adjusted that bolt, and VWALAH!! Like another person posted, I can open it with my pinky!! Thanks a million!!
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Old 06-23-2006, 10:37 AM   #30
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great info. will try this tomorrow
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Old 06-23-2006, 12:33 PM   #31
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when RELAXING the adjustment screw I must later return it to tighten?
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:18 PM   #32
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OMG! when i read this the other night, i was sorta skeptical about doing this since i've tried using the grease on the locking mechanism. For almost 2 years, ive had this horrible door opening problem and was on the verge of allowing the dealership to rob me and repairing the problem until today. Today after work, i went home and opened my trusty toolbox and tried the adjusting the the door clockwise on my driver side door, and BAM! Problem was solved! I still cant believe it! thanx alot to smoof15
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:29 PM   #33
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I just sprayed wd40 in the latch and it turned to butter
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:36 PM   #34
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Praise jesus! the door is fixed! hip hip hoorayy!

Golly jee i'm elated.

It was so embarrasing having to tug hard on that door.

Thanks to all!
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:57 PM   #35
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You sure it's a 5/32" allen wrench? Have you tried using a metric wrench?
Because the B isn't for bling.
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Old 08-04-2006, 10:33 AM   #36
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Man, wish I would have ran across this thread a couple days ago. Just checked my car into BMW for this exact problem. Oh well, I will know for next time and it's covered under warranty for now
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:24 PM   #37
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Didn't work for me either. Guess I need a new door lock
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:29 PM   #38
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My 2000 323ci has such heavy doors, being a coupe and all. They open easy enough, but sometimes when someone parks incredibly close, you can't get it past the point where it holds itself open. It sucks crawling into your car hah.
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Old 08-06-2006, 09:19 AM   #39
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Thanks too all, Door was getting hard for me to get in in it let alone the girlfriend and valets. I just tried clockwise first and it only helped a little. I loosened screw as mentioned earlier and the tightened it as much as I could and it is much better. Not perfect. Thought of trying again but will leave sleeping dog lie for now.
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:00 PM   #40
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we are talking about the actual door handle correct? or is it the locking system
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