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    Hi all,

    I have searched the fourm and spent the last few days looking through central locking problems, but carn't find the answer I need. I hope one of you wonderful people could help?

    1996 BMW 318is 2 door coupe...

    The problem is the drivers door.. I don't have remote locking so have to do it manually.. It won't lock from the drivers door. I can lock it via the passenger door due to central locking, but sometimes have to reach in and lock the drivers door manually and unlock it in the same way... all the rest of the electrics on the door work i.e. mirrors, windows. Whats your ideas on a fix, is it a DIYer or a trip to BMW??
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    1.What happens when you turn the key to lock the car from the drivers side lock?

    2.The central locking works fine if operated from the passenger door or the boot does it? locks all doors including drivers?
     
     

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    sometimes as the drivers door is the most used door on the car, the wires in the door gromets break and of corse break the circuit, however, sometimes the wire breaks inside the sleaving showing no signs from just looking that anything is wrong, so checking with a meter is needed
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    1.What happens when you turn the key to lock the car from the drivers side lock?

    2.The central locking works fine if operated from the passenger door or the boot does it? locks all doors including drivers?
    Hi, Thanks for answering Ronnie,

    1) When I try to lock from the drivers door nouthing happens. It still catch's i.e. it doesn't spin all the way round but it does not lock or attempt to.

    2) When locking from the passenger door or the boot it locks all the doors and the drivers most of the time, sometimes the drivers door won't lock but the rest do. (To lock it at this point I just have to press down the button as the rest of the doors are locked)




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    sometimes as the drivers door is the most used door on wever, sometimes the wire breaks inside the sleaving showing no signs from just looking that anything is wrong, so checking with a meter is needed
    the car, the wires in the door gromets break and of corse break the circuit, ho

    Thanks Jay,

    Think I need to get the door panel off to have a look...
     
     

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    You do need to remove the door panel and see exactly what's going on in there, try turning the key while you look and see what happens, you will need to close the door mechanism over, just remember to open it again when you go to close the door!
     
     

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    hope it helps mate, it could be a module also.
    i will be honest, ive not worked on anything electrical as such on a bmw before, never C/L anyway, im just going on all the other makes and modles of cars ive worked on
     
     

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