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Old 01-17-2006, 05:01 PM   #31
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I'm going to try out the heated locks next time they are frozen.

The car has been painted, but the hacks never remove the locks - they just masked it off. The door panel has not been removed to my knowledge either. The car has 290k on it, and the trunk lock is very bad also. It can usually be worked free but it's getting worse. The passenger door freezes up as well, and we very rarely use that lock (maybe a dozen times a year).

The locks freeze up when the temp is cold, like -15 or colder. It doesn't have to be freezing rain or anything.. this problem has been around for years and i'd like to get rid of it if possible.

Does anyone have advice, as to my door being stuck open? When its really cold out, i open my door and the latch does not return to neutral - or something. I try to shut the door and it just slams against the striker, and does not latch. Is it easy to remove/reinstall the door panel, and is there easy access to the latch i would need to lub up?

I've tried lubing the latch from the door jam with white lithium grease.. i do it regularly actually - and that isn't cutting it.

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EDIT: When things are frozen up, i also can not manually lock/unlock the doors with the knob on the door. They are froze as well. The power locks work great otherwise, we've never had problems with that part of the system.

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Old 01-17-2006, 05:20 PM   #32
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Yes, the heated lock are activated after 5 seconds of holding the driver's door handle up. It will automatically turn off after 30 seconds, and you may have to repeat.

Wow never knew that. are sure this applies to the e30's?
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Old 01-17-2006, 05:23 PM   #33
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i think it does. i was goin thru some shit and the bentley and i THINK i came across the wiring diagram for the heated locks...
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Old 01-17-2006, 05:23 PM   #34
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Yes, very sure, and it has worked on my 87 a few times. Last winter at a skihill in -25c after washing the car (stupid stupid stupid) I was severly locked out. This got me in after about 1 minute. None of the doors would stay shut though. Muhaha.
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Old 01-17-2006, 05:28 PM   #35
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http://www.bimmerdiy.com/e30

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Old 01-18-2006, 09:57 PM   #36
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Wow never knew that. are sure this applies to the e30's?
Not sure if it apply's to all E30's but I've opened up some locks that have had the element in there.
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:26 AM   #37
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Most if not all Canadian spec E30s have this feature. This is the reason we can't have timer delay interior lights.

Cdn E30s have heated locks, heated side mirrors and I think all have heated washer nossles.

James

YES.....you ar right!

what you do to activate this feature is place the key in the door, turn it to the left and while you are turning it, lift up your door handle... wait 30 - 60 secs and then release and unlock your doors.... it works, I've done it.

also... use silcone spray in your door jams and door locks... the silicone actually repels the water so it won't freeze on you.

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Old 01-19-2006, 12:49 AM   #38
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YES.....you ar right!

what you do to activate this feature is place the key in the door, turn it to the left and while you are turning it, lift up your door handle... wait 30 - 60 secs and then release and unlock your doors.... it works, I've done it.

also... use silcone spray in your door jams and door locks... the silicone actually repels the water so it won't freeze on you.

Dude when u lock cylinder freeze u cant even get the key in the whole. tried it today it ditdnt work. maybe my heater relay its shot.
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Old 01-19-2006, 02:10 AM   #39
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I'm ordering an alarm sometime this week, going to do a nice detailed install and writeup. That should solve lock cylinder freezing problems.
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Dude when u lock cylinder freeze u cant even get the key in the whole. tried it today it ditdnt work. maybe my heater relay its shot.
that happened to me last night in my driveway. the key wouldn't go in all the way.

heres a good tip. get a zip lock bag or a bag that can hold liquids without leaking and fill it with hot water. hold the bagto the lock for a little bit and tada. lock works.
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that happened to me last night in my driveway. the key wouldn't go in all the way.

heres a good tip. get a zip lock bag or a bag that can hold liquids without leaking and fill it with hot water. hold the bagto the lock for a little bit and tada. lock works.
All E30's come with a zip-loc bag that can be filled with hot water and placed against the lock to thaw it.
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All E30's come with a zip-loc bag that can be filled with hot water and placed against the lock to thaw it.
i sense some sarcasm....well. yours didn't come with it?
weird

well, its a good tip if your at home and can't get your doors open.
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i sense some sarcasm....well. yours didn't come with it?
weird
No I can't find it in the toolkit, well my trunk's frozen so I can't check.

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well, its a good tip if your at home and can't get your doors open.
I'll try it next time, for sure. My drivers side freezes all the time.
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Dude when u lock cylinder freeze u cant even get the key in the whole. tried it today it ditdnt work. maybe my heater relay its shot.

stick the key under your sack and warm it up Zimmie! LOL

I usally used a lighter, but I don't smoke any longer, so on a warm day, spray the silicone and it won't get like that..
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Old 01-19-2006, 02:27 PM   #45
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Not sure if it apply's to all E30's but I've opened up some locks that have had the element in there.
Yes not all e30's have them but it definitely comes with a cold weather package. Where the c clip holds the lock against the door, there's a big fat c shaped piece of metal that's the heating element. I believe this package also includes heated wiper washer jets which come in really handy!
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