Door lock issue - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)

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

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-30-2012, 09:21 AM
Tiko530 Tiko530 is offline
Registered User
Location: NYC
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 42
Mein Auto: 2003 530i
Door lock issue

Took a few hours to sand, buff and polish my headlights yesterday, ended up with good as new headlights but now I have a new headache to worry about. My driver door will not lock. Everytime I press the lock key in the middle panel or lock/unlock on my key I hear a whirring noise coming from te lock area but the piece won't go up or down and the door remains unlocked. I suspect (after doing a search here) that it's the actuator but didn't find any threads that referenced the whirring noise so I was hoping someone could confirm for me that that is the issue before I take the door apart.

Last edited by Tiko530; 09-30-2012 at 09:35 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 02:53 PM
bluebee's Avatar
bluebee bluebee is offline
Seek to understand,^Value
Location: San Jose, California
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 25,236
Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
Originally Posted by Tiko530 View Post
My driver door will not lock
I followed instructions in the first thread of this forum and typed /door lock actuator F3 in the bestlinks, which found this, which has a lot of pictures:

- How to properly maintain a door lock (1) & a DIY for how to replace the front lock door actuator (1) & how to disable automatic door locks (1) (2)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 06:56 PM
Tiko530 Tiko530 is offline
Registered User
Location: NYC
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 42
Mein Auto: 2003 530i
Thanks for the concise info, so I'm gathering that it is indeed the door lock actuator that needs replacement based on the description and the noise and not some other piece that needs repair or replacement
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 01:02 PM
john@eac john@eac is offline
Past Sponsor
Location: Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 207
Mein Auto: Many
If you find that the actuator is the problem take a look here and at least check our prices.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 02:23 PM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,823
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
STOP EVERYTHING!!! The whirring noise is the death knell of your actuator. You definitely have a failing actuator. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LOCK YOUR DOOR UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! See my thread about the DIY door actuator just posted. If you lock your door, it may not unlock. Then you are truly stuck up the creek without a paddle. You will have to cut into or destroy the door panel to open the door to effect a repair. Fix it immediately or you are screwed!

Last edited by Fudman; 10-01-2012 at 02:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 04:19 PM
540 M-Sport's Avatar
540 M-Sport 540 M-Sport is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Seattle, WA
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 6,014
Mein Auto: 01' 540 M-Sport, Scuderia
Make sure to clean and lubricate the lock and latch mechanism, to ensure logevity of the replacement actuator.
540 M-Sport package (Canadian market), factory Bluetooth phone integration, factory M-Audio 10" dual voice coil subs, Homelink, M5 rear stabilizer bar, M5 rear subframe braces, H&R 15mm wheel spacers, ST X (KW) coilovers, Stop Tech ss brake lines, Akebono Euro Ceramic brake pads, oem Brembo and Zimmerman rotors, Dinan Stage 1 software, Strong Strut front upper stress bar, BMP strut tower reinforcement kit, USA Spec Ipod/Iphone integration.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 08:35 PM
Tiko530 Tiko530 is offline
Registered User
Location: NYC
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 42
Mein Auto: 2003 530i
Thank you guys, Fudman I read your thread earlier and was definitely worried so I have yet to lock the door, I appreciate the warning as well. Did my Vanos seals today, it took me so long I didnt get a chance to even pop the door open to inspect, will update when I open it up.
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms