BMW Cars 1999-06

Moldings & Panels

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Removal & Installation



Door Panel
E30 Models
  1. Remove the power mirror switch. Remove the screw underneath the switch and the screw under the armrest. Remove the armrest.
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  3. Remove the door lock button. Pull the interior door handle cups out. Lower the window.
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  5. Pull the panel out from the bottom and unclip from the top.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Check the clips and seals when replacing. Press down and in to seat.
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E36 Models
  1. Remove the door lock knob by turning it counterclockwise.
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  3. Carefully release the window switch by prying it upward.
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  5. Slide the door opener trim forward, remove the fastener covers at the inside door handle using a T20 Torx® bit.
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  7. Using a suitable trim panel removal tool or a thin, wide taped over paint scraper, carefully release the door panel from the door.
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Fig. These sturdy plastic trim panel tool work well for interior work



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Fig. Carefully lift the mirror switch out of the door panel



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Fig. Slide the door opener trim forward to release it from the door panel



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Fig. The door handle trim is removed once it has been move forward



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Fig. Lift the door panel fastener trim covers to access the fasteners



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Fig. Release the door panel from the door by locating each lock clip and carefully releasing it using a trim panel tool



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Fig. The upper trim clips are metal. Use care when pulling the door panel off the clips



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Fig. A close up view of an upper door panel clip



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Fig. The lower door panel clips are plastic pins that are attached to the door panel and snap into the door



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Fig. To remove a seized door lock knob without cosmetic damage, place a slit piece of fuel line over the knob, and . . .



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Fig. . . . secure the hose with a small hose clamp. Grip the hose clamp with a small pliers and turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen



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Fig. The door panel fasteners require a T20 Torx® bit once their trim cover is removed

 
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