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Old 11-28-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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99/00 Coupe Outside Door Handle Adjustment

Being a "newbie" I will do my best to describe how I fixed my 2000 323ci outside door handle. This all started, when it wouldn't engage the latch, after I watched the Youtube video of the "English Gentlemen"



showing how you adjusted the hex bolt on the end of the door above the latching mechanism. I did this and I think I turned it the wrong way and then just got stupid with it and next thing I know, both doors don't open!

I believe and I had another forum user confirmed this, that our particular cars up to Sept. of 2000, did not have a cable attachment linking the outside door handle to the latch, as the interior hand does. So, here's what I did.

1. Watched a door panel removal video and removed the panel and found several broken clips and missing torx head screws.

2. Stared the inside of the door.

3. Put my hand inside the door and my other hand on the outside handle and felt how it moves.

4. Tripped the door latch with a screwdriver and then with my hand inside the door, pulled on the lever/mechanism that unlatch the "latch." (does that make sense?)

5. Took my #4 or 5/32" hex driver and unscrewed the bolt in then end of the door, that goes up and down, when the outside door handle is moved.

6. With my had inside the door I put slight pressure on the "lever" that actuates the door latch and then tighten the screw. By doing this I believe it takes the play out of the outside door handle. (NOTE THE PASSENGER IS A OPPOSITE THREAD BOLD!!!!!! LEFTY TIGHTY-RIGHTY LOOSEY)

Where I went wrong initially, was that I turned the "set/adjustment" screw the wrong way and the door handle went slack! (NOTE THE PASSENGER IS A OPPOSITE THREAD BOLD!!!!!! LEFTY TIGHTY-RIGHTY LOOSEY)[/COLOR]

Please feel free to comment to either confirm or dispute my claims.



ALSO, I'M NOT LIABLE IF YOU HURT YOURSELF DOING THIS FIX!

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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Passengerside Door!

So today, I tackled the other side. Well, it took me about two hours of fiddling and trying to get the right about of engagement from the handle to the internal mechanism. Now you notice in the above post, that I finally rapped my brain around the fact the passenger side set bolt/screw is opposite thread. I couldn't figure out why when I went to set the adjustment and tighten it up, it would bind up when the set screw/bolt would hang up on the door itself. Then I realized when I had my hand inside the door and felt the screw going in when I thought I was loosening it.

Then it took a couple more attempts at the adjustment and now it's works!

Hope this helps someone!
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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damn i think you may be my saviour! been having a prob with my door for like 2 years
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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You are putting way too much thought and work into this adjustment. All you have to do is loosen the screw until it's loose, about a 1/4 turn, and then tighten it again. This procedure must be performed after replacing the actuator/latch assembly and before closing the door for the first time.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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You are putting way too much thought and work into this adjustment. All you have to do is loosen the screw until it's loose, about a 1/4 turn, and then tighten it again. This procedure must be performed after replacing the actuator/latch assembly and before closing the door for the first time.
Well, I agree, but this is what I had to do. I attempt what you stated above, but it didn't work. So, I resorted to this having found a similar post on another BMW forum site. Very time consuming, but now i've got a one finger door handle.
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