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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Dec-20-2007, 08:53:48 PM   #1
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Default DIY - Windshield Cowl Replacement (Sedan)

This DIY will help you replace the windshield cowling on your E36 sedan, which often becomes brittle, and as a result, cracks and chips. This is intended to compliment the DIY Brett did awhile ago that addressed the same thing, only for the coupe. Since it’s a completely different procedure for the sedan, I figured a DIY was in order.

Let’s start with the tools needed for the job…

• Flat blade screwdriver
• 13mm socket
• Ratchet
• 2-inch extension (optional)
• Torque wrench (optional)

The parts you’ll need are the two cowlings (P/N 51 71 1 960 843 (left) and P/N 51 71 1 960 844 (right)). Optional purchases include grommets and clips, P/N 51 13 8 124 389 and 51 71 8 108 613, respectively. Just get 10 of each. They’re used multiple places on the vehicle, they’re cheap, and they’re good to have in your toolbox.



Let’s begin by removing the engine bay seals and the fan motor grille. Remove the front-most seal (bottom arrow) by pulling upward. Then, remove the grill by unclipping it and pulling upward. Top arrow points to a clip.





This is what it should look like once the above steps are complete…

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Next, let’s remove the wiper arms. Pry up the black cap that covers the wiper shaft nut. Do this on both arms.





Next, unscrew the wiper shaft nut using your 13mm socket.



Close your hood (not completely) and wriggle the wiper arm loose. This may take some effort, as some cars haven’t had these removed – ever.



Once it’s loosened (not yet removed), open your hood and lift the arm off of the shaft.





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Next, beginning with the driver’s side first (yes, it matters), gently pry the cowl upward. It simply clips in.





Remove the other side by first unscrewing the little black fasteners.





Then lift upward in the same way as the driver’s side. It will be pretty dirty under there…



I took some time to clean up…



Now we’re ready to install the new guys. Transfer the clips from the old cowling to the new ones, and snap the new cowling into place.



Installation is reverse of removal. Tighten the wiper arms to 18 ft-lbs.



Voila…

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Very nice Brandon!

If you want, I'd be happy to place all your DIY's on my website (with proper credit of course). Link in sig; DIY
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If you want, I'd be happy to place all your DIY's on my website (with proper credit of course). Link in sig; DIY
Wow, sure, that'd be great Brett!
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Hi there! Any chance of re-uploading the pictures. They don't load anymore. Thanks!
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Word of warning, watch the nut that holds on your windshield wipers

Mine was missing the cap, so it was pretty well fused to the bolt, and being a jackass I twisted it off.....Had to replace the entire linkage, no fun.
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