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My doors won't lock using the key at times

When leaving my car I use the key to lock the doors and sometimes the key won't lock the car why?

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  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    Same thing here. it is random but getting worse. When this happens I can not lock it with the button inside the car either.

  • Barry Murphy Dec 19, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with my 1991 E32 735i.
    Only on drivers side.
    I can lock the car using the key in the boot or trunk.
    You shouldn't be able to lock the driver side with the button if the car door is open. This is a safety feature so as not to lock yourself out.
    My thoughts are that it's wear & tear!
    Try one of your spare keys & see if it's the same.

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Have you tried penetrating spray at latch assy & try to get as much in behind as possible, as well as sticking nozzle right in key hole & spray quick , let sit, and do it a few times? Keep working the key after, and keep applying spray until working freely as it should. Remember, not only does drivers door usually get most use, but it also gets most road spray from passing vehicles. I've has some where I have to remove inside door panel, just to get all the linkages in there. After moving freely, i usually apply some spray grease, such as White Lithium, same way, just to prevent future problems.

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You may have some burnt out door lock solenoids.

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you have to replace door lock completely , there is small plastic gear on electric motor which moves locking mechanism and seems that gear is broken, but it is not available as separate part.

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well sounds like the movie christan the car lol well i would say it have's a short make sure the battery cables are tight if they are loose it can make the car lock by its self.

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Try not carrying your remote in your pocket. To turn off the honk, hold the lock and unlock buttons simultaneously for at least 2 seconds.

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