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Old 07-03-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Passenger door won't latch shut

When i try to close my passenger door, it won't latch shut. I'll have to force it or slam the door to properly latch it shut. Eventually the cable came loose and the door won't open from the outside. But when the cable came loose the door would latch shut normally, so that problem was fixed after the cable came loose.

Today i fixed the cable, put it back to the guide and now able to open from outside but the latch issue came back. Anyone know what's going on or how to fix this? Thanks in advance!

This is the cable that came loose that somehow fixed the latch issue, and returned after the cable was put back in the guide.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=263608
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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I had a similar issue on mine where the cable was getting hung up somehow, so I just moved the cable around randomly and it seemed to work. You might also want to lube everything up in there too
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:04 PM   #3
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yea i've sprayed all i can think off with lube, but didn't do anything. When the cable was dangling there was no tension when shutting the door. Now after putting the cable back on tight, the door just doesn't seem to want to shut. Like something inside is not freeing something up to where i have to put a lot of force and pressure to shut the door properly.

In the pic i posted they used zip ties, my clip is still in tacked and put back in the bracket so i didn't need zip ties. I feel like if i break that clip off and just use zip ties i'll be able to put the cable on the guide but not put too much pressure on the cable. I feel like the clip is actually pulling the cable way too much, in this picture the door handle cable is just sticking on top of the actuator mine is actually pulling it down.

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Old 07-03-2014, 02:10 PM   #4
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Yeah the clip could be pulling on the cable. Try and see if you can remove the clip at all (been a while since I was in there so I can't remember) without breaking it and then use a zapstrap - there really isn't any harm that can be done other than a half hour of investigation
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:16 PM   #5
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First do the latch adjustment! Most people do not do it when replacing the actuator and end up having problems not being able to unlatch the door when it's unlocked. At the other end of the adjustment range could be the problem you are having. The instructions for adjusting it are in the Bentley manual for installing a new door lock actuator.
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