I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

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I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby Yoshi » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:39 pm

Turn right and it locks the car. Takes a bit of effort but not much. I cant turn it ccw at all. Like no turn. no give. nothing.

What do?
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby 87e30 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:08 pm

Replace lock?
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby M20_fever » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:12 pm

Take it apart and fix it. How old is the key? If the key is super old try getting a new one cut by VIN and not just cut off the old key. If that doesn't work pull the lock and clean n'lube it and see if that works. Last resort, new lock.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby 87e30 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:59 pm

I was also gonna suggest checking key for wear possibly and getting a new one cut by VIN, but in my experience with locks most of them seem to work easier as things wear down, and replacing the lock is cheaper than getting a new key anyway.

Also check the obvious, that nothing is physically broken inside your door that may be interfering with the movement of the lock.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby Yoshi » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:21 pm

yea... key is pretty old. But then why lock ok but no unlock? Anyone got a write up on pulling out the key tumbler?
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby AustinR » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:04 pm

Me neither.
The problem would get worse in the cold weather, so, a couple winters ago, I got out of work a little frustrated, the door wouldn't unlock, so I forced it... I heard a snap, the key turned, but the door did not unlock. haha. Hasn't worked since.

My point here is don't do that.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby Yoshi » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:11 pm

don't break key... gotcha
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby AustinR » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:14 pm

No no. It was the lock that broke. Not the key. But I can still lock it from there.
But yeah. Don't break the lock.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby pr0craztinazn » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:20 pm

Pop the door panel off. Late models have an access hole to the door lock/latch mechanism in the skin that early models don't, which makes this IMMEASURABLY easier. Remove the control rods from the door handle assembly. With those out of the way, you have access to, IIRC, the lock retention clip. Pry on that so it slides out of the slot in the door jamb section of the door. The lock tumbler will proceed to fall out. The first time takes ~20min; I could probably do it in 15 were I still in practice; haven't done this in a really long time.

When I bought my E30 (aka, when they weren't archived yet), door lock rebuild kits were $18. I intend on doing that so I can re-key my random locks to the same key at some point in the near future.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby Yoshi » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:45 pm

oooh someone find me the rebuild kit.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby 87e30 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:09 am

Yoshi wrote:yea... key is pretty old. But then why lock ok but no unlock? Anyone got a write up on pulling out the key tumbler?


The wafers (no pins in these locks) are likely worn down much more on one side than the other which would allow a very worn down key (and no doubt several other keys that don't belong to the lock) to turn on the worn down side, but not the side that's in better condition. I've taken the VERY worn down original key from my car to the junkyard and had it work in many other e30's. Even some that I had access to the real key and they look NOTHING alike.

Lockpicking is a hobby of mine. :-D I have several sets of picks and at least a thousand random keys I've collected over the years.

Last I heard the lock rebuild kit was like 23 bucks. Key cut from VIN from dealership $35 plus 2 weeks wait... You do the math.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby Yoshi » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:13 am

well I'd like to be able to give my wife a spare key too. It's supposed to be her fun car. If it's just cutting a new key, I'm down for that.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby 87e30 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:13 am

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Cylinder- ... B00AEI87CG

$31 on Amazon

http://www.pelicanparts.com/More_Info/5 ... 9.htm?Door Lock Repair Kit%2C Left (Only for cars with central locking)%2C E30 318i (from 9%2F84)%2C 318iC%2C 318i M42%2C 325%2Fe%2Fes (from 9%2F84)%2C 325i%2Fis%2FiC%2FiX%2C M3

$26 from Pelican

You can prolly find it on some other sites too. Or even snatch one from the junk yard for like $5 or less and take 2 to make 2 good one using the best of the wafers.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby 87e30 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:17 am

Most good locksmith shops will have BMW blanks, or you can get them on eBay. Don't try to get a key made at WalMart. I tried and the girl acutally asked me if a BMW was a Buick or if it was a Cadillac.
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Re: I can lock but not unlock from driver's door.

Postby Yoshi » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:33 am

I should find a good local lock smith and order a rebuild kit too. Thank ya sir!
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