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Old 01-19-2006, 06:51 PM   #46
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inside the door panal there a small black box inch by inch and thats the heater i think part number is 61311374784
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:44 PM   #47
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IS this feature on E36's as well?? I've been having a major problem with them freezing up the pst few days, today I couldn't get into the car at all, and had to find myself a de-icer, which took me 45mins! So I just have to pull the door handle and old for about 5 secs to turn on the heater?

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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.

White grease is too thick to reach the components of your locking mechanism that will freeze up, what you need is F temperature oil sprayed in a few times, then work the locking mechanism to lube it up. The latching mechanism, however, you should use white grease for.

The question though, is, why are your locks always freezing? Was your door panel removed at one time, and someone removed the vapor barrier, didn't reinstall it properly, or put a hole in it?

There is a little metal cover that goes over your locks, it is spring loaded. Is it not covering fully on your driver's door, which allows water and moisture to get in?

Have you tried blowing out / drying all the water in there with a can of compressed air?

Instead of focusing on how to band-aid the problem and live with it, you should focus on why the problem exists, and how to solve it.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:14 AM   #48
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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.
Oh shit!! i tried that this morning and it works! thanks for that tip. I don't have to carry those damn ice melters anymore
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:27 AM   #49
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BEST way to unfreez a lock is to get a running car, warm it up to operating temp. and put a hose/duct in the exhaust...then place the other end to the lock you want unfrozen! This is the method CAA uses in Quebec City (gets very cold!!!)...i got it from living there a few years! Remember that de-ice liquids may NOT reach all parts of the lock mechanism...but the hot exhaust fumes will heat up the whole area!
I also found that a hair dryer works just as well and it is much easyer.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:31 AM   #50
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I also found that a hair dryer works just as well and it is much easyer.
Yeah I always carry a hair dryer and a generator to run it in my back pocket wherever I go. Invaluable.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:31 AM   #51
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I also found that a hair dryer works just as well and it is much easyer.

I use a heat gun. I just park my car for the winter, no ground clearance + snow makes me a plow.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:55 AM   #52
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Carry a mickey of Vodka that melts ice good too, so you can open your doors.

The freezing of the latches I think that's pretty normal, happened to my e36 in novemeber, washed my car and it got cold out went to a bar, and left at around 1 and couldn't open my drivers side door, my passengers side opned but then I couldn't close it....had to drive home with my hand on the handle so it wouldn't fling open....sucks with a 5 speed....lucky I didn't live far...anyway I'll have to look into keyless entry...
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:27 PM   #53
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Yeah I always carry a hair dryer and a generator to run it in my back pocket wherever I go. Invaluable.
I meant if you have the problem in the morning which is when I usually do.
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:32 PM   #54
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I meant if you have the problem in the morning which is when I usually do.
i always keep a plastic bag of hot water in my pocket...why not a generator and hair dryer?
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Carry a mickey of Vodka that melts ice good too, so you can open your doors.

The freezing of the latches I think that's pretty normal, happened to my e36 in novemeber, washed my car and it got cold out went to a bar, and left at around 1 and couldn't open my drivers side door, my passengers side opned but then I couldn't close it....had to drive home with my hand on the handle so it wouldn't fling open....sucks with a 5 speed....lucky I didn't live far...anyway I'll have to look into keyless entry...
That's what you carry a bungee cord for. Happened to me many a time. I need to park my car inside and re-silicone the vapour barrier, i had pulled it off when installing speakers. Did not have any problems last year, just this year, and last year was when I installed the speakers.
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Just a FYI, this does work on my 318i/1996. I had the froozen locks problem this morning, and I pulled on the handle for about 10 seconds, let go and went about to clean off the snow. When I was done, the key went in like a hot knife on butter.
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Old 02-18-2006, 04:49 PM   #57
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hehe funny this thread comes back up when the temp drops
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Awsome thread. E30 section rules!
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:15 PM   #59
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had to drive home with my hand on the handle
Dude, I heard you do that all year round.
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Just a FYI, this does work on my 318i/1996. I had the froozen locks problem this morning, and I pulled on the handle for about 10 seconds, let go and went about to clean off the snow. When I was done, the key went in like a hot knife on butter.
thats a e36 though.
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