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1989 535i central locking problems (archive)

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Posted by Ted Y. on November 21, 2000 at 03:23:14:

Hi all,

I love my 1989 535i (230K miles, black,grey leather, BAS chip, K&N, BAS plug wires).
Previously, my drivers side rear lock wouldn't open throught the "central locking/unlocking" feature using the drivers or ft. pass. door. Yesterday, this spread to my drivers' door. After pulling off the door panel, etc.. I found that the bracket? holding the locking motor inside the door was fractured in two, allowing the motor to have no leverage to lock/unlock the door. I suspect the same problem in the drivers side rear door too. This metal(aluminum?) bracket seems to hold the motor to the inside of the door handle assembly and/or to the door itself.
I am a fairly experienced "backyard BMW" mechanic, but this looks like something very involved to repair. If I cannot buy a new mounting bracket seperately, I will be forced to have the old one welded back together. Whatever I do, I will ahve to get inside the door and remove the whole lock and motor mechanism...which I really do not look forward to. Is there anyone out there who has had a similar problem???? It seems to me that this should have never happened. I have owned three BMW's, VW's and Volvos in the past, and have NEVER seen a piece of metal just "break" for no reason, fatigue or whatever. Why isn't this bracket made of steel rather than the aluminum it looks like it is???

I guess I'm just frustrated because I don't want to remove the whole motor/lock from that really hard to reach area. I still love my car, however.

Ted (Bundy) Y.

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