In Reply to: here are E46 front door panel remove instructions posted by Alan on March 02, 1999 at 19:44:43:
And are you guys doing this to fix rattles or replace speakers? Or both?
: Thank you to anonymous for the pictures and instructions:
: Unclip wooden finisher (1) with special tool 00 9 321.
: If necessary, replace faulty clips (1) in wooden finisher (2).
: Driver's side: Using two screwdrivers, lever out mirror switch (2) towards top of control knob (1).
: Disconnect plug connection (1) and remove mirror switch (2).
: Passenger side: Using a small screwdriver, carefully lever out trim (1) at points (2).
: Remove screws (1 and 2). Remove inserts (3) and release underlying screws. When reinstalling, screw (1) is longer than the others.
: Unclip clips (1) in door trim panel with special tool 00 9 317 (trim panel wedge).
: Carefully unclip door trim panel (1) at top with special tool 00 9 317 (trim panel wedge). Feed door trim panel (1) out of unlocking knob (2).
: Unhook cable for unlocking lever: Tighten unlocking lever (1); lift out lock (2); remove cable (3) towards rear/top. To reinstall, press unlocking lever (1) fully against door trim panel.
: Version with additional speaker: if necessary, disconnect plug connection (1) on additional speaker (2).
: Feed out wires (1) from opening (2). Disconnect plug connections (3) and (4) and remove door trim panel.
: Installation: Clips (1) are longer than the remaining clips. If necessary, replace damaged clips.
|After assembling the door trim panel proceed as follows:|
: Lock with vehicle key
: Check for ease-of-movement on retaining button linkage
: If necessary, align linkages