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Old 01-29-2014, 05:26 AM
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unlock door/no battery

HELP! i have a bmw x5 e53 2002
my battery run out so i took it of to buy another
by accident (and foolishness ) i closed all doors and i cant unlock my car ever i,m trying to unlock the drivers door with my key.

before break a glass to get in is there any other less harmful solution??..please!!
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:02 AM
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I had a situation like this with a friends X5 and to get in I used a spare battery and a set of jump leads clipped the earth to the engine and carefully put the positive on the stater motor live to back feed power to the systems then I was able to use the remote to unlock the doors,

But as you removed the battery you just need to be sure the positive terminal isn't touching the body otherwise it might cause an issue and pop some control units.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:33 AM
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The method dealers use is this:

remove one of the white license plate light lenses.
remove the bulb
determine which of the two contacts feeding the bulb is ground (the one with a brown wire is ground)
clip the 12v/black lead of the battery charger to the tailpipe (use the bottom, dont scratch it).
clip the 12v/red lead to a skinny screwdriver blade and touch the +12V lead of the light contact (the NON-brown contact)
unlock door

You only need an amp or two to unlock the door.

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Old 01-30-2014, 04:58 AM
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Are you turning the key to the MANUAL UNLOCK position...or just to the electronic actuated position that one normally turns the key when the battery is charged?

BMW designed the door to unlock manually in cases of power failure. You may need to lubricate the lock if it won't turn 90 to the manual unlock position.

BTW, if your vehicle is RHD (right hand drive)...the lock/unlock positions may be the opposite of the ones below...the images below are for a LHD (left hand drive) X5.

(from the owners manual)

Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 01-30-2014, 05:24 AM
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key goes up to 90 degrees to the left
( is a left hand drive car) to manual unlock, pin goes up , but door is not opening.
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