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September 21, 2010, 10:03:56 PM

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Door Handle Fix (E53)
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:03:56 PM »
Soooo...

Jig’s car developed the door handle failure...

Many thanks in advance to xoutpost for their posts on this – thought I’d also post on this site.

The exterior handle would not open the door (the interior one was fine). Noticed the handle was sitting proud (drivers door) – couldn’t push it down into its normal position.



This is an issue with the door handle carrier. You need to replace it with a new one (perhaps). Part number is 51218243616 for the drivers door or ending in 5 for the passenger one. Rear one’s I didn’t ask about but would assume part numbers will end in 3/4. Roughly coming in at £69 now (Nov 2011).

To get it out, you need to remove this plastic piece, located on the inside of the door sill, next to the handle.



This comes out in two pieces, there is a centre piece that comes out first and then the outer edge.



Addition kindly made by Ubatoid:

This is another view of the location of the screw holding the lock barrel in place.....



Now get the door card off, remove the wood/silver door trim (just pops off – no screws) and you reveal 2 screws and the other two (one behind the airbag cap) and one at the bottom near the cubby hole. TAKE CARE when removing the card - it is still held on by poppers all the way round. When pulling to overcome the release you can pull too hard and break what's already connect inside the door card. You have the VERY delicate plastic piece that feeds the light to the door handle, the door handle cable itself, 3 connectors on the window switch and the light on the bottom edge of the door card. Get these disconnected and the card will come away.



Choice is yours next, take the airbag off or let it hang, bolts as shown. We took it out, remove fuse 44 in the glove box and then unclip it from behind once it’s off. BE CAREFUL at all times and NEVER switch the ignition back on until this is connected back up and the fuse is back in place. Otherwise you’ll get the airbag light on the dash and this can only be reset by the dealer or indy.



Here’s a picture of the carrier in situ once you remove the foam backing, where the side airbag was.



You need to get this out. That first plastic piece on the door sill that was removed will reveal an allen key bolt that needs removing. Look at an angle to find it – pretty obvious.



Removing that bolt allows the exterior lock to be removed.



The whole piece will come away – may be stuck in fast...



Remember how it fits, there’s a hole that the barrel will go into, like a cross (Mogs, where are you when I need a decent shot!)



The barrel needs to be removed to allow this bolt to be undone. You'll see how it pulls down and away - be careful not to let the handle scratch car exterior paint.



The handle is free on one end and now the other end just needs twisting through 90 degrees (anti-clockwise – I think). You want to free theses two teeth



They fit into the carrier here



Addition kindly made by Ubatoid:

This is the position the handle needs to be to dis-engage the lugs. Rotate anti-clockwise and pull straight out. I found when re-fitting, it helped a great deal to push the mechanism from inside the door to aid re-engaging the lugs.



Once the handle is out you can remove the rubber protector and see the screw behind it,that also needs to be removed



The carrier is almost free. It will be lose now and you need to get the cable free. There is a collar and ball joint that need to be pulled away – I used a coat hook bent to shape



This is the carrier out and the where the associated collar and ball joint are



In Jig’s case you can see where the failure is



The piece can be replaced but we decided to try an alternative. This should buy a bit of time...



Seems to hold well and once everything is put back together (reverse of the above) we have a working handle.

Hope this helps...
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September 21, 2010, 10:14:04 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010, 10:14:04 PM »
Hey great write-up, just leaves me thinking of one question How much of the car is held together with cable ties?
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September 21, 2010, 10:16:46 PM
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2010, 10:16:46 PM »
Excellent write up as usual.

Oh, jig needs to get the scratch marks removed above the handle  :poke:
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September 21, 2010, 10:38:00 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2010, 10:38:00 PM »
Quote from: "Minda"
How much of the car is held together with cable ties?

All of it if he had his way - as long as it's free!

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Oh, jig needs to get the scratch marks removed above the handle  :poke:

Why do you think he never washes it!?! :roll:
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September 22, 2010, 03:42:06 AM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010, 03:42:06 AM »
Fantastic write up! Well done Sanj!


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September 22, 2010, 09:43:09 AM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2010, 09:43:09 AM »
Quote from: "Turks"
Fantastic write up! Well done Sanj!

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September 22, 2010, 12:38:22 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2010, 12:38:22 PM »
Quote from: "Sanj"
Quote from: "Minda"
How much of the car is held together with cable ties?

All of it if he had his way - as long as it's free!

Quote from: "pvr"
Oh, jig needs to get the scratch marks removed above the handle  :poke:

Why do you think he never washes it!?! :roll:

Listen we don't all have e70's  :evil: I probably get a new lifter soon it was the thrill of repairing for free for now.

Those aren't scratches, just dirt marks  :rofl: plus my detailers guy been real lazy  :thumbsup:  (you know who you are)
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September 22, 2010, 01:48:13 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2010, 01:48:13 PM »
I dont believe it. Last night about 930 i looked in the how to's for this and of course it wasnt there. A further internet search found a way to do it so I have just put the door back together after doing exactly this. Well The door handle still doesn't work as my carrier was broken in at least two places and I've had to order it for delivery to my house as I live on a scottish island with no BMW dealer.

One more thing I'd say is watch for the clip that is behind the handle. It was stuck fast and I ended up breaking the plastic on the back of the trim trying to get it off. Also when it broke the whole trim came away and i broke the clear plastic bit that lights up the door handle. I'll fix that when i care!

Good right up guys, wish i'd seen it this morning, I might have sworn a bit less today!

September 22, 2010, 04:17:05 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2010, 04:17:05 PM »
Great write up Sanj  :thumbsup:  just to add to what finnie said also mind the light at the bottom of the door card, remember to unclip it first  :)
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September 22, 2010, 04:54:45 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2010, 04:54:45 PM »
Quote from: "finnie"
One more thing I'd say is watch for the clip that is behind the handle. It was stuck fast and I ended up breaking the plastic on the back of the trim trying to get it off. Also when it broke the whole trim came away and i broke the clear plastic bit that lights up the door handle.

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Great write up Sanj  :thumbsup:  just to add to what finnie said also mind the light at the bottom of the door card, remember to unclip it first  :)

Duly noted and updated the How To. :thumbsup:
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January 07, 2011, 08:16:56 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2011, 08:16:56 PM »
cheers for the write up sanj, changed mine last week your instructions made it easy!!

one thing i will add is that care should be taken when removing the door handle i was a little to rough with mine and broke the little tabs that hold it on!!

bit of a PITA, all goes back together fine but its just a little slack at the narrower end of the handle. I will be looking out for a second hand black door handle on ebay to replace it.

But apart from that job done ;o)
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January 07, 2011, 08:35:11 PM
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2011, 08:35:11 PM »
Good man! Glad it helped!

Got to do Jig's now - he's finally decided to dip his hands in his pocket! :roll:
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January 07, 2011, 11:05:04 PM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2011, 11:05:04 PM »
Sanj don't get excited it was a very temporary glitch the handles still working mate :-)
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January 08, 2011, 08:36:40 AM
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2011, 08:36:40 AM »
Quote from: "jeegnesh"
Sanj don't get excited it was a very temporary glitch the handles still working mate :-)
Jig old boy nice of you to drop in and say hello :D .....so any new mods since you last graced us with your pressence ....or any planned :D
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January 08, 2011, 11:42:27 AM
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Re: Door Handle Fix (E53)
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2011, 11:42:27 AM »
Greetings no extra mods but I do have a non functioning seat belt buckle (drivers). Got one off eBay need to install now.
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