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A-Pillar Trim Replacing
 

Pelican Technical Article:

A-Pillar Trim Replacing

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

BMW Z3 (1996-02)

Parts Required:

A-pillar trim, trim clips

Hot Tip:

Be gentle when pulling trim out of dashboard

Performance Gain:

Repair worn, aged trim.

Complementary Modification:

Replace door sills

The interior A-pillar trim on BMW Z3 models ages over time and loses its luster. You may notice a portion of it is discolored; this is how you know it is almost time to replace it. You may have to remove your A-pillar trim to run wires behind it, or service the upper trim pieces for the window trim near the convertible top. You can also run wires behind if needed for a hands-free phone device. 

To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. 

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. 

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever A-pillar trim away from A-pillar.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever A-pillar trim away from A-pillar.

Work your way down cover, gently levering while pulling it out of A-pillar trim.
Figure 2

Work your way down cover, gently levering while pulling it out of A-pillar trim. Green arrows point to the trim clips you have to disconnect.

Once fasteners have been removed, pull A-pillar trim away from A-pillar, then slide up and out of dashboard.
Figure 3

Once fasteners have been removed, pull A-pillar trim away from A-pillar, then slide up and out of dashboard. There is a small alignment tab in the center of the trim piece (green arrow), be careful not to damage it.

Install new A-pillar trim and align the mounting clips with the mounting holes (green arrows).
Figure 4

Install new A-pillar trim and align the mounting clips with the mounting holes (green arrows). I find that the new trim piece goes into dashboard easier if I wiggle it back and forth while sliding it down.


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