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Outer Door Handle Trim Replacement - BMW Z3 and E36 3 Series

The newest Z3 is over a decade old now, the newest E36 is even older. As these cars age the rubber bits and pieces will start showing their age. One of the first things people notice is the cracking rubber around the door handle trim. This is an inexpensive do-it-yourself job.

If your door handle trim looks like this... keep reading.

To complete this job you will need:

  • Flashlight
  • Small Flathead Screw Driver
  • Allen Key
  • Cleaning Materials
  • Replacement Door Handle Trim Z3/E36

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Step 1

Open the door and pry off the small plastic access panel with the small flat head screw driver.

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Step 2

Using the flashlight, look through the access hole into the door and locate the slide that locks the trim into place. Generally the slide is gold in color.

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Step 3

Use the allen key to push that slide in releasing the top of the trim. The exact size of the allen key is not important.

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Step 4

With the slide pushed in you will be able to remove the trim by pulling out on the top. At this point the need for cleaning materials should become evident.

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Step 5

Clean.

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Step 6

Make sure the gasket is properly seated around the plastic trim. Install the new trim, lower end first, then rotate until the top is also in place.

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Step 7

Stick the short end of the allen key into the access port. Hook the slide and pull it back towards you, while keeping slight pressure on the new trim piece. This will lock the new trim in place.

Replace the cover on the access port and you're finished!

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