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Does the passenger lock unlock the doors? (archive)

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Posted by David Morton on August 11, 2001 at 12:03:52:

In Reply to: can't open door from inside, either posted by Al on August 11, 2001 at 10:39:41:

...maybe I could borrow the "jaws of life" from my local fire department. Any suggestions?

Sounds like it's diconnected itself...Common Fault, don't panic,It's relatively easy....

1/Does the Door open from the inside?

2/ If so then open the door, remove the first wood panel in front of the inside door handle, this may require a certain element of force as it pulls off!! Becareful not to break the plastic clips.

3/ This will bare a long 10mm brass screw at the side of the handle, remove this. Then remove the mirror adjustment switch and disconnect. This just pry's out.

4/The door trim then unclips from the door, remember to remove the door knob at the window, as this will restrict access into the door. Now the fiddly part. Its a matter of fumbling in the dark to find out which rod has become disconnected, it can be on of two, a long rod Horizontal or a short vertical rod that activates the door lock mechanism. Once found relocate into a plastic Lug on the handle mechanism. Then try with the door panel off, Keep testing as you go, Cos' I built my door back up only tofind it didn't work once assembled, despite testing!!!

Good Luck

Any Probs Email me.

Dave M
I'm having to enter the car through the passenger side, which requires some acrobatic skill.

Drivers door key will unlock all doors except driver's. How do I remove the door panel when I can't open the door?

"Emergency manual unlock" procedure in the Bentley manual (lifting up on handle while twisting key) does not work. I have a 1988 735i but the driver's door handle is a new unit, replaced earlier this year.

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