Key Lock in Door just spins round

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Bumpa
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Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by Bumpa » Sun 19 Nov, 2017 17:14

While I have the interior out of my Z3 trying to dry it out and fix the leaks, I have the battery disconnected because the seats are out and all the switches on the centre console are unplugged as well. I have been locking the car with the key in the driver's door. Two days ago there was the sound of a small object falling inside the door and now the lock simply spins round and round without doing anything.

This afternoon I got inside the door. There I found two small pieces that had fallen from the lock. I was going to post a photo of them but apparently the board maximum has been reached, whatever that means.

What I need to know is how to get the lock mechanism out of the door. I have absolutely no idea how to proceed.

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Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by Gazza » Sun 19 Nov, 2017 18:17

Handle removal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv5APczd2Ww

Lock removal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orUrepKla44


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colb
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Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by colb » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 10:42

Would hazard a guess that the flat plates fixing at the end of the unit has failed and the block and spring broke for freedom. Is there another block with a hole in it for the spring to fit in, looks like it in the picture fit the spring with its block back in an compress it in with the flat plate may have to use a cable tie to hold it in and see if you can peen the end over the plate to hold it in. Try the key to see if it works whilst its held together before trying to peen it over.
Just found this which explains a fix http://www.eatsleeptinker.com/2013/03/0 ... n-m-coupe/
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Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by Bumpa » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 16:12

Thanks to both of you. The eatsleeptinker instructions are what I need to follow. As soon as it looks as though it won't rain for a few hours I'll give it a go - maybe next May then!

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Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by vzh7gk » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 16:41

Bumpa wrote:
Mon 20 Nov, 2017 16:12
As soon as it looks as though it won't rain for a few hours... - maybe next May then!
I hope it doesn't take that long!
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Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by Bumpa » Mon 20 Nov, 2017 22:06

Graham, I'm not joking since I live on the coast in SW Scotland. Have you heard the description of the seasons in Scotland? There are only two - June and winter. We don't have snow or fog, rarely have frost but we have almost continuous wind and rain at this time of year. My poor Z3 lives outside and the foam bonded under the carpet is saturated. If I can find a way to stop the rain getting in, how the devil can I dry out the foam? It is just about impossible to get the carpets out since they run from one door sill to the other and are sandwiched under the heater and A/C unit. The rear part is fixed under the plastic panels at the back of the cockpit. I have taken the centre console out (with a struggle) and don't feel like doing any more dismantling.

All this trouble began with the DSC lights being on which, when investigated, showed the sensors on the floor swimming in their very own pool. Oddly enough my MGB GT which lives outdoors with the Zed is completely dry inside. They don't build cars like that any more.

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Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Post by vzh7gk » Tue 21 Nov, 2017 07:59

I'm familiar with various parts of Scotland.
Toured parts of the Highlands in Morgan and Land Rover (neither of which are particularly waterproof :head: ), used to run to the ferry at Stranraer regularly, then the Seacat just up the coast, and spend time in various parts of the Borders / Dumfries and Galloway &c.
Usually, been lucky with weather (famous last words for next trip!).
A dehumidifier works - but can take time, and as you are already attempting to fix - a need to stop the water getting in...
Good luck! :)
Graham (G4FUJ)
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Found another Z3 so back here after a long break :) 1999 1.9, Palmetto Green
1 Morgan 4/4 (selling in Spring) and a Land Rover 90 (keeping forever)

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