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You did not mention your year or model, so I cannot help you very much, but these instructions are for one of the most common body styles out there so they may be of help. http://www.frontiernet.net/~papi/Speaker.htm
On anything since the mid-1990s, nearly all of the electronics in the door are contained within the actuator, so snapping in a new one will fix about anything that can go wrong. Just make sure that the new one is in the correct 'mode' (locked or unlocked) to match the door lock state when you try to snap it in so all the holes line up with the lock mechanism and it snaps down straight.

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    BMW 316i compact 2003 model. The actuator was the problem, and this had been confirmed by a BMW mechanic before I ordered a new one. I was able to get one at trade price for almost half what the dealer was going to charge the owner. My main concern was getting the interior door panel off which I did without too much trouble once I found the hidden screws behind the airbag label and the door handle imitation wooden trim. Fitting the actuator was easy but it is not a 'snap in' job as it has 3 screws that secure it to the back of the door. Job done and working as it should be with a very pleased lady owner who paid less that half of the dealer quote to get her door opening and closing by remote again.

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How to remove the in door of a 1990 bmw 325i? And also the drivers door will not lock when i turn the key the other doors lock but the drivers door doesnt how should i go about fixing that?


Sounds like you need to replace the power door lock actuator for the driver's door.


E30 Models
  1. Remove the door panel and the water shield.
  2. Disconnect the wiring from the actuator. Remove the screws and pull the actuator off the linkage.
  3. When installing, move the actuator and linkage to the locked position.
  4. Connect the linkage to the actuator and loosely install with the screws.
  5. Compress the actuator drive to take out any play in the linkage and tighten the screws.
  6. Test the locks and install the door panel.

E36 Models
  1. Remove the door panel and water shield.
  2. On the front doors, remove the guide rail nut and pull the guide rail down. Disconnect the wiring and the linkage from the actuator.
  3. On the rear doors, remove the window and the access panel. Disconnect the wiring and the linkage from the actuator.
  4. Remove the 3 bolts holding the latch and actuator to the door structure.
  5. Install in reverse order using threadlocker on the bolts.

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Thank you for your response , been going crazy here...got panel off enough to put hand in but don't know where to pull to unlock door.



Jaguar 2000-06 - Locks & Lock Systems
Power Door Locks - Removal & Installation

Door Lock Switch
Door Lock Diagnosis & Testing

  1. Visually inspect the following:
    Misaligned door(s), hood or luggage compartment lid Door latches Actuating rod Exterior door handle Interior door handle Door lock cylinder Cable Luggage compartment lid exterior release switch Fuse(s) Wiring harness Electrical connector Door lock actuator Remote transmitter batteries Vehicle battery Remote transmitter Door lock switch Front electronic module
  2. If an obvious cause for an observed or reported concern is found, correct the cause (if possible) before proceeding to the next step.

Door Lock Motor
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  1. Turn ignition key to position II.
  2. Motor door glass to fully raised position.
  3. Turn ignition key to position O.
  4. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  5. Remove door casing for access.
  6. Remove door water shedder.
  7. Position PVC secondary water shedder for access.
  8. Slacken and remove the door glass rear runner lower securing screws.
  9. Reposition door glass rear runner. Mark the position of the glass rear runner upper securing screw.
  10. Slacken and remove the upper securing screw and move the runner away from the glass.
  11. Disconnect door handle and lock barrel (driver door only) operating rods from latch links.
  12. Slacken and remove the three latch assembly securing screws and position latch for access.
  13. Remove latch motor harness multiplug from mounting bracket and disconnect multiplug.
  14. Release operating cable from door handle. Move inner door handle to the locked position. Remove operating cable outer abutment from support bracket. Disconnect cable inner from door inner handle.
  15. Remove lock motor assembly from door.
  16. To install, reverse removal procedure.

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    Fig. Removing door lock actuator


Sedan
  1. Remove the door window glass
  2. Detach the interior door handle.
  3. Detach the actuator remote cable from the interior door handle.
  4. Remove the interior door handle.
  5. Detach the door window glass run.
  6. Remove the exterior door handle retaining screws.
  7. Remove the front door actuator retaining screws.
  8. Reposition the front door actuator and exterior handle.
  9. Remove the front door actuator and exterior handle.
  10. Disconnect the front door actuator remote cable.
  11. Detach the door lock cylinder connecting rod (1).
  12. Detach the exterior door handle connecting rod (2).
  13. Remove the front door actuator (3).
  14. To install, reverse removal procedure.

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    Fig. Removing door lock motor-Sedan



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These directions might sound a little goofy. I'm trying to orient your location with front and rear rather then left and right because it depends on which door you are working on. Front is towards front of rig and rear, oh I think you get it.
1. Close window on door. 2. Using a flat screw driver pop off trim under inside door handle. I think there is a groove in the plastic to which the screw driver can be inserted. Remove screw. 3. Using same screw driver pop off trim panel with door lock and window control switches. Start lifting from end located at panel closest to the front of the rig. The panel towards the back end has a pivot point which holds the back of the panel into the arm rest. Dis-connect the two switches from the trim panel. 4. Again, using flat screw driver, pop off the trim pannel located at the upper door/window frame nearest the back of the rig. Remove screw. 5. Lift up the door panel to remove. Be careful the light bulb is attached to the door panel. Rotate light socket 90 degrees and remove. 6. From the rear of the door pull back the platic stick-on barrier. Don't remove the whole thing just pull it leaving about half of it towards the front of the door stuck on. 7. Remove the one 11mm bolt, located towards the bottom of door, which holds the rearwindow guide. Don't remove the two 11mm bolts which hold the horizontal brace. Nothing else needs to be removed, leave all rods and attachments in place. They all attach the the door latch and are not of any further concern.
8. Now the easy part. The actuators and door latches are separate components. The actuator slides onto the door latch via two metal guides located on the door latch. The actuator is held into place with a plastic locking tab. The locking tab is part of the actuator housing. 9. This tab has to be pushed in to release actuator from latch. 10. Find on ouside of door - rear where the latch fingers? (I don't know what else to call them) are located in the notched door frame. At the bottom of the notch is a very narrow opening, just a ****. This **** allows access to the locking tab on the actuator. 11. Orient the screw driver in the end of the **** closest to the interior. Working on a right door, looking at the locking fingers, facing the front of the rig, your screw driver would be inserted at the left side of the ****. Pushing a flat screw driver into the **** will push the locking tab allowing the actuator to slide off the door latch. 12. A flat screw driver or other small pry tool can be inserted between the actuator and the door lock to help slide the actuator off the metal guides. The pry unit can be inserted where the rod from the interior manual door lock stem is attached. Mine had a yellow snap/flip keeper. 13. The actuator slides off from the interior towards the outside door panel. 14. Simple put pressure onto the locking tab with one screw driver and gently pry with the other one and the actuator should slide right off.
15. I picked up an actuator at a u-pull it wrecking yard for five bucks and it worked fine. Dealer wanted $90.00 and auto parts wanted $127.00. When I pulled my actuator from the wrecked rig all door panels and interior where stripped. It took me literally 20 seconds to pull the actuator. 16. To install new unit slide actuator onto door latch rails and let locking tab click into place. You might have to manually move the interior door lock stem up and down until the finger on the actuator lines up with a hole on the plastic part of the interior lock stem.
16. I Want to thank TommyRox in Texas on Ford Truck World and rivguy on automotiveforums.com for their posts.

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