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  1. 1997 E36 323i Touring - Newbie with Lock Problem 
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    Hi everyone

    Just came across these forums hoping for some advice.

    My BMW has developed a lock problem whereby the key simply does not turn / work the locks very easily. (Yes this is a manual key with no remote)

    I tried spraying some oil inside both passenger and driver side locks, and this worked to a degree, but now its deteriorated to the point where it is very difficult to open/close the doors.

    Any ideas what I can do or how expensive this might be to get fixed?


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    ....might just be easier and less hassle to change the barrels?
     
     

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    Welcome to the site

    I've moved this to the Auto Electrical forum as you're far more likely to get more assistance here as more people view this section
     
     

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    Thanks Guys

    I phoned up the local BMW garage and they quoted around £300 for a new lock set (£220) for just the 2 doors, plus another £240 to fit...

    I guess I don't really have any choice :(

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    Is the key very worn? It it the only key you have? If you have another key does it do the same thing?
     
     

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    I have 3 keys including the Grey master. On the driver side none work, on the passenger side some work better than others.

    Funny thing is the guy in the BMW garage suggested that the above solution would use the same keys, but this would not make sense if the keys were worn (which is what I think)?
     
     

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    The keys and lock configurations are held by BMW so that if you need a new key you just tell them your chassis number and (once you've provided proof of ownership, ID and approx £30) they will give you a new key already pre-cut for your car that also contains the correctly coded chip for your immobiliser.

    The dealer is suggesting that you replace all the locks and he would be able to tell the correct configuration by the method outlined above so your original keys would fit.

    That said the problem with your locks is almost certainly to do with them being dry, even though you've put oil in through the keyhole it won't reach the mechanism so you'll have to take the door skin off to do it properly.

    This usually happens when a car has remote alarm & locking as they keys are used so infrequently the locks dry up. Does you car not have an alarm? I know you may not have a fob but it may still have the alarm unit present. Does it have the red LED near the gearstick and the sensors at the top corners of the windscreen? Is there a siren under the bonnet like this?
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  10. Solution Found - Universal glide-spray original BMW 250ML 
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    http://bimmer-styling.dk/448/produkt/81229407711.htm

    I thought this might help someone else out.

    Basically after phoning several BMW dealers one suggested to use this spray which ended up working like magic. Whereas WD40 and other oils clean, they tend not to lubricate so much.

    This spray on the other hand greases up after the spray and it sticks to the metal, thus lubricating far better, and it works brilliantly so you can use it on any lock etc.

    Only cost £5.21 and saved me hundreds, at least for the moment
     
     

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