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    Quick YANK! (Stiff door handles)

    No it's not a Camaro and the rest of ya have just got dirty minds!

    When I bought my car you have to yank the drivers door handle to open it. The guy that was selling it said it was a common fault and his last car had the same problem. I thought B*llox but after travelling half the country and no way of getting home I wasn't going to let a sticking door handle get in the way

    I've never bothered to look into it tbh.
    It's a great anti-theft device as no f**ker would expect to have to yank it that hard
    Is it a common problem?
    My guess it's just a linkage or something. Opens from the inside with no effort.
    Anyone else had a similar problem?

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    The locking pin must be really tight or the linage isn't adjusted properly?

    Does it open OK from inside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav2504 View Post
    Anyone else had a similar problem?
    An E46, I assume ?

    When I got mine, the outside handle didn't work at all. The holder that holds the cable in place had broken. So I attempted to fix it, and got it working but had to yank hard to get it to open. Then eventually, managed to get the cable in the right place and it opens effortlessly now

    Also, have a look at this:
    Quick video on how to adjust bmw e46 door handles - YouTube
    It's one of many videos I came across when I was trying to find a solution to my problem, this could solve it for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    An E46, I assume ?

    Also, have a look at this:
    Quick video on how to adjust bmw e46 door handles - YouTube
    It's one of many videos I came across when I was trying to find a solution to my problem, this could solve it for you
    Thanks mate ......... Yep E46 I didn't bother stating it as it may have been a common problem on all models

    I saw this video just after I got the car and if I remember correctly u turn the allen bolt anti clockwise (or something like that) Mine wouldn't budge ....... although I think it did turn the opposite way

    I'll have a look inside the door when I get the chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post

    Does it open OK from inside?
    It's fine from the inside

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav2504 View Post
    Anyone else had a similar problem?
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    yep mines stiff ,as been since purchase ,tried to adjust with allen key but got no joy,but that could just be me being incompetent with anything other than a hammer .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw my bitch View Post
    could just be me being incompetent with anything other than a hammer .
    LOL ..... Gonna tackle mine in a minute. I'll post my findings here

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    worth checking inside, i had to change the door actuator on my coupe as the central locking wasnt working, and the cable 'hooks' into the unit, then another bracket clips it into place to hold it there. maybe the locking clip has come loose, so although the cable is still attached and works, maybe the cable is 'slack', the interior handle works from a different cable so would be uneffected.

    its probably not that but worth checking anyway

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    STICKY HANDLE - Allen screw is an adjustment .....

    Hi guys - the Allen screw is an adjustment that goes both clockwise and anticlockwise. I did mine clockwise initially and it got worse, then tried anticlockwise and Wallah!!!

    The video in previous threads was a great help!

    Cheers

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