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Door Sill Molding Replacement
 
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Door Sill Molding Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW Z3 Coupe/Conv (1996-02)

Parts Required:

Door sill molding, molding clips

Hot Tip:

Have extra molding clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Refresh the look of your door sill

Complementary Modification:

Replace both sides at the same time
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.

The door sill is trimmed by two separate pieces.
Figure 1

The door sill is trimmed by two separate pieces. One covering the inner door sill (yellow arrow), and one covering the outer door sill (green arrow). The door sill molding wears out over time. Usually caused by weather and wear and tear. The molding has emblems that fail and fall off and the finish becomes tarnished and scratched from entering the vehicle. You can replace the trim pieces separately. Be sure to have trim clips on hand.

Inner sill trim.
Figure 2

Inner sill trim. Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out molding piece. I prefer to start at the rear of the vehicle and work my way forward. Release molding slowly down entire length, disengaging each clip.

Inner sill trim.
Figure 3

Inner sill trim. Inspect molding clips for damage or wear. This photo shows the clips still engaged and in good shape. In the trim clips do not come out with the trim piece, you will have to lever them out of the body. Then you can transfer them over to the new trim. To install new molding, line up with body and double check it is close to the correct position before clipping in. Begin at rear of molding, to engage clip, hook bottom of clip with molding then press firmly in area of clip with your palm. The motion of engaging the clip feels like you are rolling the trim on, starting at bottom and applying even pressure while rolling trim up and engaging clip. Work your way down molding, ensuring each clip engages.

Outer sill trim.
Figure 4

Outer sill trim. To remove the outer sill trim, start by levering out the plastic rivet using a trim panel tool (green arrows).

Outer sill trim.
Figure 5

Outer sill trim. Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out molding piece. I prefer to start at the rear of the vehicle and work my way forward. Release molding slowly down entire length, disengaging each clip. You can see the clips on my vehicle broke during the process. Green arrow points to a clip and the mounting hole. The yellow arrow points to a broken clip still stuck in the body. Once molding is removed, inspect body for rust. The area behind molding can rust and is sometimes hard to notice when molding is in place. If you spot rust, now is a good time to repair while you have it apart. You can sand it by hand and use a brush on primer and then use touch up paint. To install new molding, line up with body and double check it is close to the correct position before clipping in. Begin at rear of molding, to engage clip, hook bottom of clip with molding then press firmly in area of clip with your palm. The motion of engaging the clip feels like you are rolling the trim on, starting at bottom and applying even pressure while rolling trim up and engaging clip. Work your way down molding, ensuring each clip engages. Then install the plastic rivet by pressing it into place.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Bruce Comments: Can you tell me the correct part number for the yellow arrow door rubber seal in the article above for a 97 Z3, thanks
July 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is in this section of the site:

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