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E90 BMW 328i Interior Door Handle Replacement

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    • Lock the door.

    • Use the trim removal tool to pry off the silver trim, working from left to right.

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    • Use a 1/4 inch drive ratchet, with a Torx T20 bit attached to an extension, to remove the two bolts on the left and right side of the door, behind where the silver trim was. It is easiest to move from left to right.

    • The left bolt is located close to the handle and the right bolt is closest to the end of the door.

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    • Use the trim removal tool to pry off the outer handle piece that faces the away from the door, working from the bottom to the top.

    • This will require a bit of force.

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    • Use a trim removal tool to pry around the entire perimeter of the door panel until the panel pops out out of place.

    • Use a Torx T20 bit attached to a 1/4 inch ratchet to remove the single bolt.

    • Use a set of pliers to remove the white plastic piece.

    • Be sure to to keep the white plastic piece in a safe place, as it will be used later for the new handle.

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    • Place the door panel on a chair next to the car to prop it up. Make sure to not to disconnect any wires.

    • Wiring may disconnect from the door; take pictures of where the wires are located to keep track of their connections.

    • Use a 5/16 inch drill bit to drill four holes directly through the entire panel.

    • A 5/16 inch drill bit is ideal, but a 1/4 inch will also work.

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    • Chisel off any pieces of adhesive around the newly-drilled holes.

    • Remove the door handle.

    • The handle should pop off with very little force.

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    • Align the holes on the new handle with the panel holes you drilled.

    • Insert the four screws and washers through the back of the panel, then tighten the screws to secure the handle to the panel.

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    • Reattach the door panel and press it into place.

    • Use a Torx T20 bit attached to a 1/4 inch ratchet to secure the single bolt.

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    • Place the white plastic piece removed from the old handle into the same place on the new handle.

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    • Use a Torx T20 bit attached to a 1/4 inch ratchet to secure the two bolts.

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    • Pop the outer handle shell into the inner handle shell.

Conclusion

Enjoy your brand-new handle!

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