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BMW Wheel Well Liner Replacement
 
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BMW Wheel Well Liner Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$10

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 8mm sockets, Flathead screwdriver, small pick, T27 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Wheel well plastic rivets.

Hot Tip:

Tape body so you don't scratch it

Performance Gain:

Access to front lights, horn and washer reservoir

Complementary Modification:

Replace all plastic rivets

The front wheel well liner protects the front fender from water and helps to dampen road noise. You will need to remove it to replace a front fender or service the front fog light or bulbs. Also the windshield washer reservoir is located behind the passenger side front wheel well liner. You can remove just the front section to access the front lights, I suggest doing this when servicing your front lights, doing so makes bulb access a lot easier. When removing the rear section of the wheel well liner, the plastic rivets have a tendency to break or the center pin will vanish into the fender when removed. Have the plastic rivets on hand before removing rear section of wheel well liner.

Raise and support the front of vehicle. See our tech article on jacking your vehicle.

Remove front wheel
Working at bottom front corner of bumper, remove four 8mm fasteners.
Figure 1

Working at bottom front corner of bumper, remove four 8mm fasteners. (green arrows)

Working at front of wheel well liner, remove four 8mm fasteners.
Figure 2

Working at front of wheel well liner, remove four 8mm fasteners. (green arrows)

Working at front of wheel well liner, remove one 8mm fastener (green arrow) and one 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

Working at front of wheel well liner, remove one 8mm fastener (green arrow) and one 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow).

Pull front section of wheel well liner down and away from fender.
Figure 4

Pull front section of wheel well liner down and away from fender. Then remove from vehicle. Is servicing your front lights, you can stop here. You do not have to remove the rear section of wheel well liner.

Working at top of wheel well liner, remove 8mm fastener.
Figure 5

Working at top of wheel well liner, remove 8mm fastener. (green arrow)

Working at rear of wheel well liner, remove one 8mm fastener (green arrow) and one 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

Working at rear of wheel well liner, remove one 8mm fastener (green arrow) and one 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow).

Working at bottom of wheel well liner, remove three 8mm fasteners (green arrows), one 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow) and one T27 Torx fastener (purple arrow).
Figure 7

Working at bottom of wheel well liner, remove three 8mm fasteners (green arrows), one 10mm plastic nut (yellow arrow) and one T27 Torx fastener (purple arrow).

Next you have to remove three plastic rivets from wheel well liner.
Figure 8

Next you have to remove three plastic rivets from wheel well liner. (green arrows)

Use a small punch or pick and drive center of plastic rivet through rivet.
Figure 9

Use a small punch or pick and drive center of plastic rivet through rivet.

Then pull plastic rivet out of fender using a small flathead screwdriver.
Figure 10

Then pull plastic rivet out of fender using a small flathead screwdriver. The plastic rivets usually break and are not reusable. Have new ones on hand before beginning.

Working at bottom of wheel well liner, detach wheel well liner from body.
Figure 11

Working at bottom of wheel well liner, detach wheel well liner from body. You will have to guide it away from the small studs and out of body brace.

Pull rear section of wheel well liner down and away from fender.
Figure 12

Pull rear section of wheel well liner down and away from fender. Then remove from vehicle. Install wheel well liner in reverse order of removal. Remember to replace plastic rivets and any damaged fasteners.

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Comments and Suggestions:
moapys Comments: Thanks, Nick - 'just wanted to be mindful of the connecting cable presuming the sensor itself would be on a frame-rail/unibody hard-point... Much obliged for the quick reply!
September 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you disconnect a restraint system connector, so it with the battery disconnected. Don't want to set a fault code. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
moapys Comments: Isn't the airbag's front crash "accelerating" sensor attached on/near the fender-well splash guard? I'm about to pull mine for a through cleaning, but caught wind of the small two-bolt accelerometer that might be mounted nearby - of which I wanted to be cautious... THANX!
September 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A restraint system sensor would not be mounted to plastic, they are mounted to rigid body components, to measure force accurately. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kingo Comments: An excellent site 1st time I have been here. Precise clear photos and instructions. I dented the front of my 2010 BMW 1 series M sport and was looking how to remove inner liner enough without taking it off to push the dent out after pouring hot water on it. Hope it works and my arms are long enough. Thanks Nick!
April 12, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Thunder007 Comments: In figure 10, you mention the plastic rivets usually break...

What is the name or part number of these rivets so I can order some new ones before I take off the wheel liner?
February 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not the best with part numbers. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JoeBaby Comments: Thanks for your tutorial on wheel well liner removal I was able to access my BMW windshield washer pump and tank located between the front edge of the passenger side door and crescents over the top of the well almost to the headlights crazy. Can't add a picture, too big I guess, and thanks again for your accurate instructions. Have made you a favorite and will consider purchasing parts from you in the future.
February 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JoeBaby Comments: This technical article is very helpful, thank you.
Any instructions for replacing the windshield washer pump and or grommet?
February 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Once you have access to the washer reservoir, disconnect the electrical connector. Then remove the pump at an angle, then up to remove it from the grommet. Once out you can replace the grommet.


We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

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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