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      03-28-2020, 11:52 PM   #1
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My door handle caught fire

Little backstory: my convenience package stopped working on my driver door about 6 months ago. Everything else worked fine until...

I go to open my girlfriends door for her. ( you know being the gentleman I am, and having nothing to do with the convenience package only working on her door )
The door doesnít open and after I unlock with my key I notice on the driver door that there is a black sludge coming from my door handle. At first I think itís a nasty neighbor putting oil on my handle but upon cleaning I can smell an electric fire.

Once I get in the car it wonít start with key in my pocket, only after I put it in the key rest.

Pulling fuse box and door handle tomorrow to check and will post more updates. Any info will help.
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      03-29-2020, 11:13 AM   #2
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Update? Pics or video?
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About to pull the handle. Will get video and pictures
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      03-30-2020, 08:50 PM   #4
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      03-31-2020, 02:59 PM   #5
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OkY well first things first I tried to get a video and I did get some pictures but the inside of my door handle was just a black mess of burnt electronics. The door handle looked like it was filled with grease, and my hands were in gloves that looked like a seagull in the BP OIL SPILL. Also it smelled like someone had a Burning Man of those old rc track cars. Needles to say I canít swap out the internals so I cut the sensor off. Sealed and tapped the female connector to the inside of the door. Sealed the handle back up and put it back on. The CAS system blew a 5amp fuse that said it controlled locks (duh). I replaced the fuse and my push to start works again. Fuse hasnít blown since I cut the wire and I think my only option at this point other than buying the whole assembly is a junk yard. Itís just the driver door so not my biggest concern at the moment. Still have an oil filter gasket to fix lmao.

Oh and lovely side note the tar bubbled out of my handle and was resting on top of the lock and I guess the high temps took the clear coat right off itís only the size of a quarter but itís not like my black paint needs any more imperfections.
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"Well I woke up to get me a cold pop and then I thought somebody was barbecuing. I said oh lord Jesus it’s a fire."

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"Well I woke up to get me a cold pop and then I thought somebody was barbecuing. I said oh lord Jesus itís a fire."

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"Well I woke up to get me a cold pop and then I thought somebody was barbecuing. I said oh lord Jesus itís a fire."

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The only electronics in the exterior door handle is a small circuit board and LED lights that illuminate the ground when you unlock your car.

I don't think that's related to your CAS issue.

Is the whole handle melted? Let's see those pics so we can help!
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't some of these cars come with heated door locks? If the OPs car has that, I'd definitely look into that potentially being a cause.
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Door handle fire

I just had a similar issue with my 2013 BMW X6M. There was smoke billowing out of the rear passenger side door handle. I was able to use a fire extinguisher to get it to stop before an cosmetic damage. Did you ever find out what the issue was?
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