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Old 05-06-2013, 05:54 AM   #1
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E46 coupe door unlock problem

Hello, I'm new at this forum, so this is my first post.

I have my driver door changed on my 320cd this weekend. I moved everything over from my old door. Everything looked good, until I try to lock the door. Then it wouldn't unlock anymore. The little pin goes up when i unlock, but the door are still locked! It's no reaction with either the outside or inside openers..

What I think have happened:
1: The door hinges are a bit misaligned, so something about the locking mechanism is in tension.
2: The locking unit is damaged in some way. The reason for I changed the door, was because another car slipped into my door this winter. The door became cracked, and maybe the locking unit was damaged too.

Has anyone been out for something like this? Is it possible to remove the door cover without opening the door?

I am grateful for answers
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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are you saying your door is locked shut with no way to open

Time to remove the cover and manually release the door. Did you close thinking all would work? I did the same thing after replacing the door latch last week. Is there resistance in the handle that feels like it is popping the door?
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:40 AM   #3
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Time to remove the cover and manually release the door. Did you close thinking all would work? I did the same thing after replacing the door latch last week. Is there resistance in the handle that feels like it is popping the door?
Could I remove the cover with the door closed, without damage anything?

Yes, all worked well until i locked the door. I did not think about the lock wouldn't work. There is resistance in the handle, it's feels like the door is locked the normal way although the little pin is up.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #4
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Hopefully some others will chime in

I had a concern when I replaced my door actuator with a used one, what would happen if it would not open. I did some tests with door open and all went well. Can you explain why door replaced? Accident?
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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I had a concern when I replaced my door actuator with a used one, what would happen if it would not open. I did some tests with door open and all went well. Can you explain why door replaced? Accident?
The door is replaced because a car crushed into it this winter at low speed.
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