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  1. 2000 E46 323Ci - Wing mirror replacement 
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    Hi

    Can anyone help with advising how to go about replacing a drivers side wing mirror on a 323 coupe (e46)? Are there any websites that show/talk you through how to do this?

    Please help!

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    Last edited by mark@vorny.co.uk; 05-07-2010 at 22:46.
     
     

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    You will need to remove the door trim to start of with as the mirror wiring loom plug is behind it.
    This link will help you see what is involved http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...16&hg=51&fg=50
     
     

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    This is how to do it mate (a guide I had and have adapted a little)

    1. The first thing you are probably going to want to do is actually to secure the glass to the motor mechanism in the mirror housing if you have bought a new mirror with glass seperate. There should be an adhesive surface with some temporary paper. Take a look at how the back side of the mirror glass interfaces with the motor mount. Notice that there is a small loop that can be rotated to slide the lock over the pegs of the mirror glass once they are in position. You are going to want to position the glass so that you can stick a small screwdriver in there and rotate that lock to lock the glass in position. Remove the adhesive paper and place the mirror on the mount. Use a small screwdriver to turn that loop and lock the mirror in place. Repeat for both sides.

    2. To disassemble the door, start by removing the triangular plastic piece that sits on the cabin side of the rear view mirror base. Get your fingers behind this piece on the top and pull out. Once that pin is released, slide the piece up and pull out to remove (see picture to understand pin and slot location).

    See the PDF file I attached in the post below also...

    3. The next step is to remove the door panel. This can only be accomplished by removing the five star-head screws securing the panel. The image shows the location of the screws. The three in the armrest can simply be unscrewed, but the other two are a little tougher to get at. Behind the door handle, you will find a small circular cap that is hiding one of the screws you need to remove. This is where the dental pick would come in handy. Personally, I used a very small flat head screwdriver but scratching this piece could be done easily if you are not very careful and using a dental pick to remove it would be easiest.

    4. The other difficult one is behind the plastic piece that says "AIRBAG". Before you start, look at the image of the piece out of the car to understand how it secures itself in the door panel.

    5. Take a flat head screwdriver and insert it behind the piece on one side, perpendicular to the edge of the piece (see image). Push in to compress the clip and pry the piece out. You should be able to get one side out and then move to the other and remove it in a similar fashion. It may take some coercing, but the piece should come out relatively easily.

    6. Once the screws are removed, the only thing holding the door panel intact is a series of clips. Start in the corner of the door panel where you previously removed the triangular plastic piece and simply pull the panel off. It will almost sound like you are breaking the clips as you work your way across the top of the panel and disengage the six clips, but do not worry, they are just noisy. Once you have disengaged the top clips, work your way across the bottom in a similar fashion.

    7. Remove the panel by pulling it up and away from the door (to accomodate the lock knob on the top of the panel) ...* grip it on either side about 6 inches from the top* and remove the two wire harnesses and the cable connecting the door handle. The last image below right shows the door panel completely removed (pay no attention to the fact that the triangular plastic piece is still intact, it was only discovered after the fact that this piece should probably come off first).

    8. Disconnect the wire harness connecting your stock mirrors to the memory module (I think that is what it is) mounted on the inside of the door. Remove the two 10mm bolts on the cabin side of the mirror base. These are the only bolts securing the mirror so be prepared to remove your mirror at this point. Remove the mirror and try to weasel the round circular plug through the opening it passes through. Bolt your new mirror (using 20nm of torque) on in the same manner that your stock mirror was bolted (with the wiring running through of course) and plug the connectors in


    9. All that is left to do is reverse the previous steps by putting the door panel back on (making sure that all of the plastic clips snap back into place), screwing in the five screws, replacing the caps (circular and AIRBAG), and replacing the triangular plastic piece. Clearly, this piece should be replaced by inserting the bottom post first, sliding the piece down to lock in, and then pushing the top in. This should be apparent since you pulled it out paying attention to the way the posts work.


    Tools Needed:
    Replacement mirror and glass

    10mm Socket Wrench
    Dental Pick or thin tool (not necessary, but helpful)
    Screwdriver with star and flat head bit
    Electrical Tape

    See pictures below
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    Here is a PDF file containing the exact method of door skin removal from the BMW TIS
     
     

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    Hi all

    Thanks to you all for replying to my post - hugely appreciated. Now the only thing I need is the replacement wing mirror (o/s) as the 2 I was in the process of buying fell through - any ideas on where I can find one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-p.c View Post
    Hi all

    Thanks to you all for replying to my post - hugely appreciated. Now the only thing I need is the replacement wing mirror (o/s) as the 2 I was in the process of buying fell through - any ideas on where I can find one?

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    You could try Quarry Motors http://www.quarrybmwspares.co.uk/
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    You could try Quarry Motors http://www.quarrybmwspares.co.uk/
    Good call.
    They will definately have one.

    Otherwise there is your local BMW dealership = £££

    or fleabay for a fake one! (not recommended....)
     
     

  14. additional help for removing the drivers door panel 
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    Ladies and Gents.

    I just joined seeking a little help regarding removing the door panel for a E46 325Ci and I found this thread.

    I did try removing the panel last night before reading this but didn't want to start snapping my wife's car to pieces, so for my safety I stopped.

    I can picture the whole task now but what is not clear is how or whether I need to remove the wing mirror control switch from the door handle. I read in another area for a E36 that I need to prise the switch out. It didn't feel like coming out yesterday, perphap a little more vigour?

    I removed the 3 screws from the door handle yesterday but the door handle was still on pretty firm so I didn't force the issue.

    Can someone who knows what they are doing advise
     
     

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