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Old 09-02-2013, 05:19 AM
white_lancer white_lancer is offline
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Passenger door won't open from the inside or outside

BMW E53 X5 2004 3.0i Sport

Help!

The actuator on my passenger door was playng up recently. When the rest of the car locked or unlocked the passenger door sometimes did not operate but I could still open it from the inside using the door release. it has now stopped working altogether. I cannot open it from inside, outside, from the door unlock button or from the remote key fob?

I have searched on here for any tips and found this link

http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...-fix-pics.html

this does not work either. I can feel the wire going up and down when I pull on the outside door handle but I still cannot open the door.

Is there another way of opening the door so i can replace the actuator?
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:54 AM
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I had another try last night of the method with the welding rod in the link previously posted. I used a coat hanger instead which is thicker wire than a welding rod.

I think the connection from the outside door handle to the lock mechanism is sound as I can feel the coat hanger wire going up and down when I try to open the door using the external handle. I even tried to hook the coat hanger under neath this latch to try and lift the latch but this did not work either.

I also think the connection from the inside door handle to the lock mechanism is sound as when I operate the inside door handle I can feel the connection between the handle and the lock mechanism moving and hear something moving within the lock mechanism.

I am totally stumped by this?

I dont think it is possible to get the internal door card off from the front passenger door whilst it is closed?

The only solution I can think of is to destroy the internal door card - i.e cut a big hole in it so i can get to the lock mechanism to try and release it. then replace the door card with a second hand one
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:38 AM
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Sorted. Got the door unlocked!
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:03 AM
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Sorted. Got the door unlocked!
how did you unlock it?
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:21 AM
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I popped the window switch assembly out from the passenger door. I unplugged the white connector and placed +12v on pin 12 the blue wire and 0v on pin 7 the black wire and my door unlocked

http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...e-outside.html
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:40 PM
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thanks for the feed back that will help alot of peeps with that problem. I`m gonna book mark this page just incase if i have to do this 1 day.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:03 AM
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Hi chaps, I thought I would just add that it is possible to get the door card off whilst the door is closed, it just requires a certain order to achieve.
My 03 X5 passenger door also had the dreaded actuator failure and I ended up removing the door card and getting the door open by exposing the actuator and then hitting it several times with a small hammer in combination with repeatedly unlocking and locking the doors.
Eventually the solenoid in the actuator released and bingo the door unlocked and opened! Phew....
I would say that if I'd have known about the shortcut that White_lancer took, then I definitely would recommend this first, as it took me a whole day to do it my way!
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:41 AM
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What about my 2003 525

I'm hoping I can apply this to my 2003 525. It looks like the wiring is different. I only have four wires on my window switch. Is there a way I can jumper my actuator to try this?
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