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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:05 PM
GroupBquattro GroupBquattro is offline
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Frozen door

Not that cold, just 29F, but my driver's door froze solid. The other ones are OK, I got in thru the passenger door, drove to work about 20 min, and still had to exit thru the passenger side.The Sun did the job a few hours later. So, for the next night, I covered the whole door to prevent the refreeze. Did not prevent anything, still could not open it, and this time, with the cover held in place by the door, I wasn't able to drive. I have a tendency to use too much strength on things, so I refrained from pulling the door handle too hard, while from the inside, I was afraid my shoulder pushing may break the wood trim. That being said, is there anything I can use to spray, lube, do something to prevent this freezing? Can't even tell, is it the door locking mechanism, is it the rubber around the door? Thanks
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:06 PM
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Maybe door actuator on the way out. Replace it before it dies.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:16 PM
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I agree with door actuator. It's weird, my rear passenger side door did this. Worked perfectly fine the day after. I'd give it grease.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:23 PM
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So the actuator has something to do with the temperature ? since it all works fine once the weather warms up
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:59 PM
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It can be affected by the cold. Especially if any moisture is in it. You do not want to wait until your actuator has failed completely. Once that happens, you must surgically (as in cut the door panel open) access it. Has your remote door lock ever failed to lock or unlock your door? If yes, then your actuator is on the way out. Here is the DIY. $60 in parts.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...959&highlight=
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:59 PM
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Although it never failed the remote, maybe I should invest in a new actuator. Thanks for the link, very helpful especially since I need to get to the blown speaker as well.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:49 AM
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That being said, is there anything I can use to spray, lube, do something to prevent this freezing? Thanks
I use vaseline on all rubbers of my cars during winter. Although it does indeed sound like its the mechanism.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:00 PM
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I'll put some wheelbearing grease on all the doors metal parts, sounds like a good idea
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