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  1. 1997 E36 323i vert - exterior door trim/seal replacement help 
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    The seals around the door handles (exterior) on my vert are cracked andfalling off which I understand is a common problem.

    After lots of research I found out that I have to locate a gromet on the door and pull a lever only trouble is - no grommet :(

    Do I have to take the door cards off to change this trim or is this gromet in a different place on the verts?
     
     

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    Could someone help me out please- is it a case of door cards off?
     
     

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    I think so, and TBH think hard if you really want to tackle this... I had to replace the central locking actuator on my E36 convertible when I first got it - NEVER AGAIN..... Working blind in a tight space with no room for move, not my idea of fun, it took me about 2-3 hours.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    I think so, and TBH think hard if you really want to tackle this... I had to replace the central locking actuator on my E36 convertible when I first got it - NEVER AGAIN..... Working blind in a tight space with no room for move, not my idea of fun, it took me about 2-3 hours.
    Howdy Kevin - I didn't think it was going to be that hard

    To be fair it's only the drivers side that annoys me, i wonder if there is an alternative way of keeping the existing one in place ?????

    What I don't get is why all the internet links I find refer to a grommet - is that not a UK thing?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onedesi View Post
    Howdy Kevin - I didn't think it was going to be that hard

    To be fair it's only the drivers side that annoys me, i wonder if there is an alternative way of keeping the existing one in place ?????

    What I don't get is why all the internet links I find refer to a grommet - is that not a UK thing?
    Not sure TBH...

    I replaced number 9 on this pic..


    What bit are you trying to replace?
    Behind number 1?
     
     

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    From the pic it is the piece behind number 1 but the trim goes around number 1 in the vertical plane whereas item 13 is horizontal if that makes sense.

    Best way of describing it is the seal around part 1 (or maybe it is a part of part 1 and I haven't realised it???)
     
     

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    That would be these then, I am afraid I have no idea how to change them.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-E36-2-Door...#ht_961wt_1139
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    That would be these then, I am afraid I have no idea how to change them.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-E36-2-Door...#ht_961wt_1139
    No worries just one question though, the link you've sent - is that part 13 or a part of part 1?
     
     

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    I think that it's a part of number 1....
     
     

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    Okey dokey.

    This is the fix it thread I was referring to :

    http://bmwparts2009.blogspot.com/200...al-gasket.html

    It was from another eBay seller.
     
     

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