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Old 02-25-2020, 01:49 PM
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Trying to get some parts off a 97 M3 sedan in a junkyard with the double locks. Car came in with no key, the battery has been removed. Passenger window is broken out. What's the easiest way to get the doors open? I can take hand tools, a sawzall, drill and possibly a grinder, not sure if they allow a grinder. Would like to get the door panels and sill plates. I have a small battery jump pack also. Would rather not destroy the doors, but if it comes to it it's fair game. Hood is open.
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:04 AM
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If the window is out, simply reach in and unlock/open the door with interior handle.


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Old 02-26-2020, 11:18 AM
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You'd think so, but that doesn't work on these cars.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:39 PM
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I think the easiest thing to do would be to pick up and set of lock pick with wafer tools and pick the doors open. You could also pick up a key decoder/pick for the e36 and use that instead of more universal picks. I have only ever used normal lock picks, so I have no idea how easy the decoders are to use. You should be able to rake them open without much skill it just might take some time. There are a lot of lock picking guides on You Tube, so just search for one on wafer locks and that should show you everything you need to know to pick the lock.
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:03 PM
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That's an interesting idea. Tho the rear doors don't have locks, but it's a start.
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:22 AM
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Oh, right sedan. I forgot they don't have key holes for the rear doors. It that case the decoder might be better because after you decode the key you can play around with hooking up power and seeing if you can get the center locking system to unlock without having to repick a lock every time you try turning it. By the way here is a nice web page with a bunch of info on the e36 locking system to help in troubleshooting. http://www.bavarian-board.co.uk/foru...em-details-e36
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Old 02-27-2020, 08:21 AM
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Thanks for the link!
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Old 03-01-2020, 06:52 PM
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hook up your jump pack to the battery terminals and then click the button on the center console to unlock or pull the handles
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Old 03-13-2020, 01:23 PM
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Ugh.. Rip the door panel off... Pull on the zke module pin and unlock the door...
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Old 03-13-2020, 01:25 PM
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Also pretty posative after 95 you can pull the interior door handle and it unlocks the door... My 95 doors do. Dont see why a 97 wont.. My 93 do not unlock from inner door handle tho..
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If the doors are double-locked you can pull all you want on the interior handle and it won't unlock or open. Like spyder said, the only way to unlock it is pull the ZKE module pin and then unlock the door.
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