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Old 11-21-2015, 03:52 PM
Mouleshane Mouleshane is offline
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X5 E53, Front doors Central locking Issue

Hey all,
I am in Australia so I refer to RHS being the drivers side
Just looking for some guidance to diagnose the issue with my front drivers door and front passenger door locking issue.

So here is the Break down.

Drivers Door = Does Not lock/unlock with the remote button/or centre console button - but will work manually with the key & it does work with the inside handle.

Front Passenger Door = Does not lock/unlock with the remote button/or centre console button. the lock does open only with the inside door handle.

All started with the passenger door, and now has move to the driver side, the rear doors all work fine with the central locking system (key and centre console button).

any suggestions one what I need to fix this?
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:19 AM
Porando Porando is offline
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Looks like you bad at least driver side locking electronics box. I just did it in my.
refer to http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=51_7752
Passenger side - it looks like that mechanical locking mechanism is not working.(#1 on page
If you planning to do it yourself, it requires removal of the door panel and airbag (be careful wit that one - if you disconnect it - never turn power on as it will trigger SRS error)
I would start from the drivers door - replace the mechanism.. (in US dealer sell is for <$200)

After that you will see if passenger problem is still the same - than open the panel and inspect the linkage connection and door handle mechanism (#15) - they break - if it is in good shape than it could be the #1 again.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:29 PM
chakkuchan chakkuchan is offline
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I just replaced my broken handle carrier and now mine has same problem. Is there anything I could have not done right? Also my airbag light is on because I had to drive the car while door was taken apart and airbag was removed

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