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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-21-2015, 05:19 PM
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Door locking problem

The driver side door on my 99 323is will not lock from the outside. I can put the key in and it turns with no problem but the doors do not lock or unlock. I can go to the passenger side and lock or unlock it though. Also, I can not manual push down the door look from the inside however if I do press the button, both doors will lock. This may be a stupid last question but is there a way to lock the doors from the inside while having the doors open? Thanks
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:24 PM
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No, you cannot lock the doors from the inside before closing the door. I just checked the power locks on mine to be sure. lol. I would imagine that is why you cannot push down the door lock either, so you don't lock your keys inside. For the key not working, I would guess the the little metal rod may have slipped out. Take off the door panel and see if it is in place to just dangling there.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:09 PM
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Ok Thank you for your reply and I will check that tomorrow after work and let you know. I really appreciate it. So is the only way to lock the doors is it use the key on the outside?
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:49 PM
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Yes. And you have to make sure no one is inside when you lock it, because they CANNOT open the doors from the inside then. Don't laugh. It's happened with tragic results.
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I didn't think the key double-locked the doors?
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:36 AM
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Ok Thank you for your reply and I will check that tomorrow after work and let you know. I really appreciate it. So is the only way to lock the doors is it use the key on the outside?
I think a good alternative is have an alarm installed on it (assuming you have power locks). Honestly, I haven't used a key to unlock a car door in several years. But that would take care of your locking problem and add a little security to your car.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:46 AM
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Well I have the little red led light by the asc button do you know what that is really For?
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:10 AM
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I would imagine that is the light for an alarm. That is where mine is. I have also seen them next to the instrument panel dimmer switch.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:44 PM
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Well I am pretty sure thats what it is because its not in the hole... Now I just gotta figure out a way to get it back in the hole haha
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:23 PM
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Well got it working now thank you Culprit83 I appreciate it!
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:11 AM
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You can only lock the front doors from the inside if they are closed. The rear doors are unrestricted.
This means you can lock the front doors through the rear door, then close it. In this case, it's not "double-locked".
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I didn't think the key double-locked the doors?
It does. There's a contact in the tumbler that closes the circuit back to the central locking module and it actuates the 2nd lock mechanism.
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