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  1. 2001 E46 325ci - Slack door handle 
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    Hello everyone,

    This is my first post but not the first time on the forum. So thank you for all the help you people have provided so far.

    I havent had my car long but it is an 8 year old car. The problem I am having is not a stiff door handle but a handle that doesnt work at all!
    On the driver side I can open the door from the inside but soon as I try to get back in I have to either wait for everyone else to get in and let me into my own car OR I jump through the passenger side to open it and run round the car! The outside driver door handle feels like its not connected to a mechanism and doesn't open the door.

    So has anyone got any ideas how to fix it? I hope its not too expensive I wouldn't mind saving a million pounds too.
     
     

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    Thanks for that
    It doesn't work though :(
    I tried tightening VERY tight, then I tried very slack but doesn't work. For those who don't know the aln key needed is a 4mm.
     
     

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    you're going to have to remove the door card and see what has come adrift. :(
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    Sorry to hijack the thread mate - but I was wondering are E46 doors meant to be heavy? cos mine is really heavy! well all of them are!
     
     

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    Well mine is damn heavy but my dad says that's because its a coupé so its longer.

    As for my problem I might just go to the dealer. I am stuck
     
     

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    I have managed to fix the problem.
    I bought a Haynes manual and got to work. I needed a 10mm torx screwdriver a flat head screw driver (the BMW one in the tool kit was fine) and a truck load of patience.

    I took out the 3 screws located in the door arm rest/handle.
    Popped out the cover behind the door handle inside (one used to get out) and took that screw out.
    Used a card and flat head screwdriver to prise the fascia off the door (prise at the outer edge of the door)
    Located the black cable that bends around from the lock mechanism inside to up behind the glass.
    The cable has a "stopper" that clips into the door to keep the cable secure. This had dislodged in mine which made the clunking noise on my window.
    Unfortunately when trying to work out what that was I unhooked the metal head on the cable that feeds inside the black cable for the door. (like a bike brake cable)
    Clip everything into place (VERY VERY HARD - you need to pull the handle a few times to give yourself an idea of where things go, look through the second hole from the top towards the top of the door behind the glass and you will see the mechanism move).

    Then once you are done put it all back together!
     
     

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    Glad you sorted it mate.. A little patience and rolling the sleeves up makes a world of difference.. Now sit there with your coffee with a smug smile and think how much of your hard earned cash the main dealer has missed out on lol..
    I don't suffer from insanity......... I enjoy it!!!!
     
     

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    yea my door feels like a paving slab lol well made

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