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E46 M3 door card/panel removal

What you need

  1. E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Identify the screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • The door card is held securely in place with 5 screws.

    • Keep in mind the door card has up to 3 wire bundles attached to it. Be careful when removing it! Be prepared to support it while dealing with the wires.

  2. E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Remove screw covers: step 2, image 1 of 2 E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Remove screw covers: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Using a spudger, work off the cap of the first screw. The cap is tight; you may need a jimmy or metal spudger.

    • Using the flat end of a spudger, remove the airbag emblem. The emblem has clips on the top and bottom -- work carefully.

  3. E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Remove bolts: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Using a T20 Torx driver with extension, remove all 5 bolts.

  4. E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Remove mirror control: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • If you're working on the driver side door, remove the mirror control module. Disconnect it from its wiring plug.

  5. E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Pop door card clips: step 5, image 1 of 2 E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Pop door card clips: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Using a trim tool or similar, begin at the bottom of the door card and pop the card away from the door frame.

    • After you've released the bottom clips, work your way around.

    • You will need to lift the door card from the door frame in order to fully release it. Be careful!

    • Disconnect the following from the door panel:

    • Unlocking cable

    • Speaker cable(s)

    • Set the door panel aside.

  6. E46 M3 door card/panel removal, Door panel removed!: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • The door panel is now removed.

    • You will see the airbag module, vapor barrier, and other components.

Conclusion

To reassemble your door, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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