In Reply to: Replacing door stop posted by Doug on July 31, 2001 at 16:23:38:
Removing the door panel requires a particular combination of force and finesse.
First unscrew the lock button, you can also take out the window switch and unplug the leads.
There are also a couple of screws that need to be taken out behind the ashtray and the opener handle. They have little plastic covers over them. Remember when replacing the screws that they thread into a little threaded sleeve thing that can slip off the inside of the door panel easily. It will need to be in place (i used tape) when you want to put the screw back in or there won't be anything to thread into.
Next unsnap all of the fasteners around the outside of the panel.
In the middle of the door panel is a clip that holds the panel to the door. To get the panel off you will have to lift he panel up and out of the track of this clip. After the top part of he frame with the wood trim will snap off of the door.
Remember when you replace the panel that the clip I mentioned above can be removed from the door frame and placed on the door panel so it will just snap into the door frame (this sounds confusing, but you'll see what I mean when you get it apart)
The Bentley manual has good illustrations on how to do this. If it helps you to complete a difficult job just once, then its probably paid for itself.
I've just bought a 1992 525i with 138k miles. The car's in great condition but needs a few things sorted out.
One of the things I need to fix is the drivers door stop. The existing door stop must have seized a while back and the loads have caused a tear in the sheet metal where the door stop is mounted.
I plan to remove the old door stop, weld up and reinforce the tear in the sheet metal and install a new door stop.
I started to look at this last weekend and couldn't get any further than removing the door trim. ALthough the door trim just pops off it is held in position by the door handle assembly and I can't see any obvious way to remove this.
Can anyone help? Is there anything else I need to be aware of to complete this repair?