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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Apr-02-2010, 07:18:24 PM   #31
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I tried it per this DIY and it was frickin hard! In fact, I managed to get one side unlocked and then could not get it to lock back in place. To make a long story short, I had to take it to my BMW mech and they got them on but not without getting the gaskets jacked up! Next time, it's going to BMW to get it done LOL.
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Old Sat, Apr-03-2010, 04:23:42 AM   #32
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Alright, Alright, easy killer

Thanks for the info.
Haha sorry I didn't mean to come off that way! I should have posted the link in my first post
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Old Sat, Apr-03-2010, 12:06:28 PM   #33
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Haha sorry I didn't mean to come off that way! I should have posted the link in my first post
No worries, I was taking a break at work reading it.....so I was just skimming through the comments.

Good DIY though, mine needs done.
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gonna try this when i get home today from work. can't wait.
thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Wed, Apr-07-2010, 12:03:52 PM   #35
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No worries, I was taking a break at work reading it.....so I was just skimming through the comments.

Good DIY though, mine needs done.
did you call Midwestern Auto Group in Dublin for one? T

hey happened to have a driver front in stock but it was on hold for someone
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Great writeup!! Gonna try to do this project this weekend...
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I did mine last night. After spending probably a good hour on the drivers side trying to figure out how i'm gona do it cause you can't see a thing through that small hole. So i finally took the door panel out and that helped me see where i had to place the can opener so that i can slide the rod and release the cover. I realized then that i was doing it right from the begining but pushing it by hand wasn't doing anything. It didn't matter how hard i was pushing. So i got me a hammer and by hitting the can opener i finally made the rod to slide

I then went to do the passenger side and it took me not even 5 minutes... Including cleaning the area around the door handle.....
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I did mine last night. After spending probably a good hour on the drivers side trying to figure out how i'm gona do it cause you can't see a thing through that small hole. So i finally took the door panel out and that helped me see where i had to place the can opener so that i can slide the rod and release the cover. I realized then that i was doing it right from the begining but pushing it by hand wasn't doing anything. It didn't matter how hard i was pushing. So i got me a hammer and by hitting the can opener i finally made the rod to slide

I then went to do the passenger side and it took me not even 5 minutes... Including cleaning the area around the door handle.....
what s u use to pull the rod back?
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what s u use to pull the rod back?
The can opener. Use it to grab the end of the rod and pull it.
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I did mine last night. After spending probably a good hour on the drivers side trying to figure out how i'm gona do it cause you can't see a thing through that small hole. So i finally took the door panel out and that helped me see where i had to place the can opener so that i can slide the rod and release the cover. I realized then that i was doing it right from the begining but pushing it by hand wasn't doing anything. It didn't matter how hard i was pushing. So i got me a hammer and by hitting the can opener i finally made the rod to slide

I then went to do the passenger side and it took me not even 5 minutes... Including cleaning the area around the door handle.....
wait... you took a hammer to that thing? Please tell me you hadn't read this DIY yet, since I explicitly say that it shouldn't require a lot of force. Hopefully you didn't break or bend anything in the process, but glad to hear you got it done. For the record though, DIYs like this are here so you don't have to fiddle around for an hour before you figure it out.
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