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BMW Door Handle Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW Door Handle Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver,

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i Sedan (2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2006)
BMW 328i Coupe/Conv (2007-09)
BMW 328i Sedan/Wagon (2007-09)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335i Coupe/Conv (2007-09)
BMW 335i Sedan (2007-09)

Parts Required:

Door handle, Vapor barrier, Vapor barrier seal, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Door opens normally

Complementary Modification:

Lubricate and clean door latch

The exterior door handle releases and unlocks the door latch via a bracket inside the door. The lock cylinder can wear out over time and become stiff and the handle malfunctions, usually at the connection to the inner bracket. It is quite easy to remove and replace, needing only a few tools and steps. If replacing the handle, you will have to have it painted to match your vehicle before installing. If you suspect the inner bracket has failed, you can check it by removing the door handle and manually actuating it.

In this tech article, I will go over how to replace the lock cylinder and door handle on the driver side door. To replace other door handles you can use this procedure, the main difference being the lack of a lock cylinder.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out rubber plug.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out rubber plug. (green arrow)

Next, you have to loosen the lock cylinder fastener.
Figure 2

Next, you have to loosen the lock cylinder fastener. Use a 4mm Allen bit. (green arrow) Loosen it until you can tell it has disengaged from door lock, fastener does not come out.

Then slide lock cylinder out of door.
Figure 3

Then slide lock cylinder out of door. If lock cylinder doesn't want to come out easily, you can gently lever it out using a plastic prying tool.

Grab exterior door handle and push toward rear of vehicle.
Figure 4

Grab exterior door handle and push toward rear of vehicle. Handle will move about 1/4 inch toward rear of car.

Then pull rear section out of door first, the rear section will detach and you can remove handle from door.
Figure 5

Then pull rear section out of door first, the rear section will detach and you can remove handle from door. Inspect door handle seals and replace if needed. To install: Install door handle into door in reverse order of removing. Depending on position of the release bracket inside the door, the handle may or may not engage with it automatically.

This photo shows the part of door handle (green arrow) that clips into the catch (yellow arrow) of the release bracket.
Figure 6

This photo shows the part of door handle (green arrow) that clips into the catch (yellow arrow) of the release bracket. If the door handle doesn't engage with the catch on bracket, you will have to reach inside door cavity and press catch toward door while installing handle. You will have to remove the door panel. See our tech article on door panel removing. Slide lock cylinder into door tighten fastener. Then install trim piece.

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Comments and Suggestions:
gundan01 Comments: I have a BMW E90 2006 and in the paint shop they removed all door to paint them. After that the driver door won't lock/unlock using the remote keyless function. Also the driver window won't go up/down and neither the folding mirror function using the door window switch. Trying to get the window up and down the using the driver window switch does not work either for any window. All passinger windows work using their respective switch. Using the remote the door can unlock and lock. Also if I press the remote unlock for 10 secs all of the windows goes down. Only the driver side won't go up. The only way to get it up was applying 12 volts to the window motor. I replace the driver switch and it did work either. Does anyone has experienced this type of problem before? I have not check the fuse yet cause I don't know were to start. Thanks for any help.
December 4, 2016
fearcalvin Comments: Hey!! Cannot get screw to align. The LED will also not go in with the door lock at all. Spent 3 hours already trying all the screws and door panel but cannot get it!! PLEASE PLEASE HELP
November 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Which screw? What won't align? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
G$ Comments: on my '08 e90, the door handles are fine, but the light underneath one of the handles is out - how can I fix it as I don't see that topic on this site? Thx much.
January 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The light is built into the door handle. First remove the door panel, inspect the connection for the door handle light. It may have come undone. If it is connected, it may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
E90 craze Comments: Ok. So finally figured out why the screw was not aligning. When removing the handle the bracket stayed put, did not move forward since there is another hex screw under the font of the handle. So bracket cannot move. What happened was, the Allen screw place holder slipped inside the hole and therfore it was not aligning. I just loosened the front screw a bit so the bracket was move able, pulled out the rear Allen key holder so it was popping out and not in the hole. Tighten the front screw and you are done.
August 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
E90 craze Comments: Hi I am having the same problem as comment 1. Took the handles out to wrap the car, now trying to put the passenger side handle in, the screw does not align. I understand that the bracket should not move. If it does, how do we push it back? Or is there a way to open the door panel and bring it back to ita original place?
August 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, if you remove the door panel, you can push the bracket back out. Then install the handle with it pushed out. Reassemble door panel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rose Comments: Please help! I have the same problem as 2 posters. Took off my handles then to put back in it would catch on the release bracket so i opened the door panel and successfully got it in place and now the door opens with the handle BUT the lock cylinder doesnt align with the screw i have tried for hours different ways to make it align but it just won't and neither will my LED light snap into place!!!
May 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check if the lock cylinder shaft is properly inserted into the latch. That would be my guess. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
e934me Comments: I was looking too low. Even sitting on the ground I could not see the allen screw. After looking at the photo in step six, I looked in the direction and angle the screw should be and it was right there. Then that was the easy part. Thank you for a great DIY.
May 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
e934me Comments: I have a '11 335i e93. My door doesn't look the same as the one pictured. There is no grommet to remove. I do have a rubber seal that I pulled back that reveals 2 holes. 1 of the holes is in about the same place, but all I see is a solid piece of pot metal in there. I'm just trying to replace the LED module harness in the handle.
May 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Use a small light,t he Allen head can be hard to see. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kam Comments: I have same problem as 1st comment. I removed rear door handles on a e90. As i have put the handles back into place correctly and the handle small cover, i then tried to scre2 the allen key to tighten the small cover but the bolt does not align with the cover? How did you fix this pls
May 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The bracket inside the door may have moved. The fastener is secured in the bracket, it should not move when removing and installing the handle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Stealth Comments: i removed the door handle trim for bmw e90 but ,when i tried to put it back the screw that removed with alan key dose not aline back,can some one help with info on how to put it back
November 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What trim? The fasteners do not come all the way out of the door handle. If you removed the fastener, you will have to remove the door panel and window regulator to get it back in. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMW335 Comments: How can I replace the trunk release switchon trunk on 2009 coupe 335i?
September 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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