BMW 318/325/M3/525/535/M5 1989-1993 Repair Information

Bumpers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front
E30 3 SERIES
  1. Disconnect the wiring from the turn signals. On the M3 unscrew the splash shield.
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  3. Remove the covers to access the bumper shock to bumper mounting bolts. The mounting hardware on the M3 is a nut instead of a bolt.
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  5. Remove the mounting hardware and remove the bumper.
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  7. Install in reverse order. Torque to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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E36 3 SERIES
  1. Pull the left side rubber bumper trim strip off the bumper. Remove the nuts.
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  3. Remove the right side towing eye cover and remove the nuts.
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  5. Disconnect the outside temperature sensor.
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  7. Remove the bolts holding the covers at both sides, bottom of the bumper.
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  9. Remove the bolts in the wheel wells and remove the bumper.
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  11. Replace the bumper brackets if damaged.
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To install:
  1. Install the bumper and replace the wheel well bolts. Install the bottom covers.
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  3. Connect the temperature sensor. Install the nuts and the towing eye cover. Torque the nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  5. Install the nuts and the left side rubber bumper trim strip with new mounting tape. Torque the nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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E34 5 SERIES

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front bumper assembly-E34 5 Series



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the front bumper mounts-E34 5 Series

  1. Remove the rubber bumper guards from both side of the bumper. Remove the bolts from beneath the strips.
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  3. Pull the bummer off and disconnect the wires and headlight washer tubes.
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  5. Install in reverse order. Adjust the bumper so the gap is even. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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Rear
E30 3 SERIES
  1. Remove the bumper mounting bolts.
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  3. Pull the bumper up and off.
  4.  
  5. Install in reverse order. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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E36 3 SERIES
  1. Remove the screws from the lower rear panel and pull the panel off towards the rear.
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  3. Remove the bumper cover bolts from inside the rear wheel wells.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bumper mounting bolts and pull the bumper off.
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  7. Install in reverse order. Use new coated bolts or apply threadlocker to the old bolts. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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E34 5 SERIES

See Figures 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the rear bumper and cover-E34 5 Series



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Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the rear bumper and mounts-E34 5 Series

  1. Remove the center and side rubber guards.
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  3. Remove the mounting bolts.
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  5. Pull the bumper out and off.
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  7. Install in reverse order. Torque the mounting bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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