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Old 06-09-2011, 09:16 AM   #21
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got the parts today installed in 5 minutes now my lock works lock unlock open and close windows
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Scooterjcx, thank you for posting the video. It helped a lot. I rebuilt my lock using the repair kit from the ebay seller in Turkey and I'm back in business.

Took me may be 30 minutes and cost $41 (including super fast shipping from Turkey). The hardest part was to bring the spring to tension and when I did and thought I was all done I found out that I used the part for the right door lock instead of the left door lock part that was also included in the kit. Had to redo it, but by that time I got the hang of how to assemble it and it took less time to put it together the right way.
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:08 PM   #22
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Hey guys,

I have the same problem. I removed the key and saw that one of the inner rings broke off. I am ordering the part today.

I do have a couple of questions:

1. My whole assembly including the cylinder, spring etc are all dirty. How do I clean this?

2. Do I oil the cylinder, use WD-40 or do I need to put grease anywhere?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:32 PM   #23
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For most of the mechanism you can use white lithium grease. For the cylinder (especially where the key goes) use graphite powder.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:06 PM   #24
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Awesome video. But, getting that spring set is a pain in the a$$. Don't know how you made it look so easy.

A small minor detail that may save you some future fanatics some time: You may need to turn the key in the lock COUNTERCLOCKWISE when installing it back in the door in order to line up the "teeth" of the rod with the door.
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:56 PM   #25
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Scooter,
Thank you so much for that valuable info and video. With two small kids who love to slam doors, I've learned to replace door regulators and a bunch of other wear and tear items because of the invaluable posts from generous people such as yourself. Thank you again!
Just ordered my part from Turkey for $41.00 US with expedited delivery 3-6 days. Pal, you just saved me a boatload!
My Dad once said to me, "Son, when I was a boy in the depression, some kids had a couple of bucks in their back pockets and I always had my ingenuity." He taught me how to be resourceful and to work with my hands. And it is this ethic that rings true here in this site. Here's to all you guys out there with ingenuity and determination. Us: 1 Them (BMW Stealership): 0
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:21 PM   #26
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E46 door locks came in from Turkey...and the winner is...

ME!!!!!!!!!!!
So. here is the straight skinny:

The video provided earlier by Scooter was a huge help. The very nimble fingers of the individual in the video make it look easier then it actually is. After 45 minutes of trying to get that spring to wind and stay seated in position I started having visions of me in the BMW dealership with a box of parts.
As a side note, you will find two couplings, one for the left door(USA driver) side and a second coupling machined presumably for the right, which my 2000 323i does not have. It is important you choose the correct one and follow the video very closely.
During the course of watching the video and numerous attempts, I decided to put the key in to help manipulate that bloody spring into place. Bad idea. The cylinder came out along with the tumbler plates and springs. Fortunately, I was able to get the configuration right, reassembled and functioning again. Needle nose pliers helped a lot and I came close to calling my wife, but all came together in the end and I am now fully functional. Saved a boatload and avoided a pantload in the process. Good times...

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Old 11-25-2011, 03:39 PM   #27
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So, how do you get the driver's door open when the key spins the lock, and the door handle from the inside won't work either? I'm sending my GM5 for repairs, know I need to replace the broken lock cylinder part, but can't get the door open in the first place! Help!
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:44 PM   #28
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Used door actuators go for $50-75 shipped on the forums. Don't go and waste your money at dealerships
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:12 PM   #29
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Just completed this fix, though it was a little tricky, the video helped tremendously. Thank's to all of you that have contributed to this DIY. Saved me some money and wasn't that difficult at all. For those of you undertaking this fix, use the brass colored ring if your car is a U.S. car.

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Old 12-04-2011, 02:05 PM   #30
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Just did it too....

Looks weird in the video, never thought I would get it but I did!

Just line everything up like the video, my only problem was I lost the little pin but I just hammered a drill bit in and cut it off.

Perfect....thanks to everyone for the info.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:22 PM   #31
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Yeah, I couldn't locate the pin either. I discovered it by trying to install the lock without it installed. Needless to say the whole assembly fell into the door and I had to go fishing and then located the pin. Relatively easy fix...
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:25 PM   #32
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I have the same problem where my car will not unlock with the fob and I cannot unlock it with my key manually. I have order the replacement parts for the lock and I've noticed that the plastic piece inside the door and the the cross at the end of the lock assembly will not align. Has anyone had a problem with the plastic piece not aligning properly? The lock assembly can only go together one way so I do not believe that this is put together incorrectly. Does anyone know how to adjust the plastic piece so they will align? Any help would be appreciated...
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #33
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Lock cylinder

If your key spins in the lock and the fob won't unlock the doors, it could be the key. But, in my case, it was the central locking system switch, located on the console by the hazard lights. I found a YouTube video after 4 1/2 months of searching for answers. I sent the GM5 for repairs, etc. (My doors wouldn't open from the inside either). The switch was broken on the bottom of the case, so the switch, when depressed, wouldn't contact on the little motherboard inside the case. New switch from junkyard $25. Check and see if your hazards work, if they don't, replace the switch.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:44 PM   #34
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i just got mine today from ebay. but when i try to install the new one i got stuck, it was really difficult. and now i found this thread. i'll try later. i wish it works.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #35
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that video really helpfull. i just did for my car and its work. thanx for the video
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #36
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So my lock has been broke since bought car, it was just spinning in circles, and when finally decided to fix it, had an issue.

I used one of those ebay repair kits, and I'm almost positive fixed it as was supposed to. But key doesn't turn at all. Key goes in, but I can't turn it at all when all parts are on.

Anyone ever come across this? Could it seriously be key doesn't match cylinder?
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:43 PM   #37
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So my lock has been broke since bought car, it was just spinning in circles, and when finally decided to fix it, had an issue.

I used one of those ebay repair kits, and I'm almost positive fixed it as was supposed to. But key doesn't turn at all. Key goes in, but I can't turn it at all when all parts are on.

Anyone ever come across this? Could it seriously be key doesn't match cylinder?
make sure all the parts match each other. it happened to me when i try to fix mine because the cylinder i pout didnt match. try to remove it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:30 PM   #38
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How do you get the old pieces out though?
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:21 PM   #39
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put in your key so the whole cylinder can go through
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #40
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Just an FYI.... I had to replace the part's for a second time today. I have been trying to avoid paying $160 for a new FOB and had been just using the key to lock and unlock my car. Well, the locking mechanism broke once again and had to replace a second time. Seem's these cars are not meant to be locked and unlocked without the FOB. Looks like I have to go and spend the money to get a replacement key because it looks like the replacement kit is made out of the same crappy materials as the original.
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