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WAIT! Deadbolt is something else... (archive)

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Posted by RonW on January 08, 2001 at 19:54:43:

In Reply to: Re: Deadbolt feature....got it now. Thanks! posted by Tim in N. FL on January 08, 2001 at 19:25:41:

'Tis I- the one who locked himself into his car.

When I was talking about the deadbolt system, I was referring to a feature that "superlocks" all the doors. On certain e28 cars, if you lock the car using the key in the driver's door, and turn the key a little extra, you engage a locking pin in the power lock solenoids on all the doors. At this point, the ONLY (official) way to unlock the passenger compartment is with the key in the driver's door. The passenger door lock won't do it. The interior lock buttons won't do it. The trunk lock won't do it (although it will unlock the trunk.)

That's right, you can lock people into your car so they can't get out. If you're really clever, you can lock yourself in.

Hi Mike et al.,
Thanks for the description of the so-called "deadbolt" feature. I appreciate it. Sorry I had to be hit over the head with it though. I'm really not that dense I promise...just thought I might be missing a feature of the car that I could be using and needed to know what "deadbolt feature" actually meant. So, in the end, it turns out that I actually use this feature ALL the time. I love being able to lock the entire car from the trunk and unlock it too. At this point, it seems to work flawlessly unless my driver's side door is open or ajar...which as you suggested causes the central locking system to go into pyroxisms. So thanks again Mike and others for clearing up this "feature" for me.

Cheers,
Tim
87 535is
151k

...To test it out, I would have the car unlocked, oh, make sure all your doors are closed(if the driver's door is open your locks could go crazy into the lock-unlock cycle, which happenned to me). Anyway, put your key in the trunk...

I meant, if the driver's door is ajar--not unlocked, which is what I stated in the original post.

-Mike


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