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Shark 11-23-2006 10:01 PM

Power Door Lock Actuator
My driver side door lock just quite on me today. I can lock the door with the key but I can no longer just press down door on the pin to lock it, it just stays unlock. I assuming it's the actuator, so I took off the door triming and try to take a look at it. I have no clue to what to look for. Has anyone done this DIY???

Shark 11-27-2006 10:21 PM


E36is 11-28-2006 09:12 AM

^^ my suggestion is follow the linkage from the pin or the keylock and i'll bet you will find the black box actuator. This also happened on my friends car (not a Z3) and found out that it was a broken torsion spring on the door latch assembly.. worth a lookie

jameswbl 11-28-2006 10:08 PM

simply take the door panel apart to see if you find any wrong...

you from Collingwood? I am working there til Dec

Justin e36 11-29-2006 06:05 AM

This is for an e36, though the process should be the same:


Shark 12-09-2006 10:06 PM

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So I finally gave it a try to replace the actuator. I got almost everything disconnect expect for one piece. I can’t get this pivot off the small link-rod that it is attach on. It looks like I have to remove the exterior door handle, which I been trying to figure it out. Is there any other way, without removing the exterior door handle? If not, can someone explain how? I hope the picture of the pivot makes it clearer.

billyr3d 12-11-2006 02:00 PM

there is an access hole on the door to remove the handle, it may be covered by a rubber seal.

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