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E36 Broken Door Handle and Child Lock

Some of you may have had the most unfortunate situation where your door is locked more securely than Fort Knox. I get it, you are a responsible parent and you wanted to make sure that little Jimmy didn’t inadvertently open his door while the car was in motion.

However, now that your outer door handle just broke you can’t open the door from the inside or outside. In my case, my kid resembled one of the Duke Boys as I had to lower the window to get him in and out of the car seat. Ghetto, but hey you do what you have to do.

I was able to fix this situation. Here’s what I am going to go over in the write up:

– How to pull the door panel “cassette” off when the door is shut.

– How to not completely freak out – you can fix this – and for almost no money.

– How to open the door so you can turn off that blasted child security lock.

Take a deep breath, sit back, and don’t freak out (I say that because I was close).


Step 1:

Pulling the door panel / cassette off the inner door.

Step 2:

Peel the moisture / sound insulation off.

Step 3:

Open the door.

Step 4:

Deactivate that stupid child lock.

Step 5:

Replace the broken outer door handle

Step 6:

Replace the moisture / sound insulation

Step 7:

Reinstall the door panel.

Step 8:

Drink a beer.

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