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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Door Panel Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic panel clip tool, flathead screwdriver, T25, T30 Torx

Applicable Models:

BMW X3 Sport Utility (2004-10)

Parts Required:

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:

Access to interior door components

Complementary Modification:

Replace window regulator

The rear interior door trim panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, door glass, window regulator and door latch. In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the rear door panel on your BMW X3. I suggest having extra door panel clips (eight in total for each door panel) on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing. If you have to remove the vapor barrier, have vapor barrier sealant on hand. Be very careful when removing the vapor barrier. It tears easily and if it is reinstalled with a tear, an interior water leak can develop.

For safety reasons, be sure to disconnect the vehicle battery before beginning work on the door panel. See our tech article on the battery.

Be sure to use plastic prying tools when working on interior trim panels and other components. Alternatively, wrap the tip of screwdriver or other metal prying tool with masking or electrical tape to avoid marring trim items.

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 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The rear interior door trim panel (red arrow) has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, door glass, window regulator and door latch.
Figure 1

The rear interior door trim panel (red arrow) has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, door glass, window regulator and door latch. In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the rear door panel on your BMW X3. I suggest having extra door panel clips (nine in total for each door panel) on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing, or reinstalling. If you have to remove the vapor barrier, have vapor barrier sealant on hand. Be very careful when removing the vapor barrier. It tears easily and if it is reinstalled with a tear, an interior water leak can develop.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the door handle trim piece off the door panel (red arrows).
Figure 2

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the door handle trim piece off the door panel (red arrows).

Then, remove the two door panel T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 3

Then, remove the two door panel T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Working inside of the door handle, remove the plastic cap.
Figure 4

Working inside of the door handle, remove the plastic cap. Then remove the T25 Torx fastener beneath it (inset).

Using a plastic prying tool to lever the trim cap out at the end of the arm rest (red arrow).
Figure 5

Using a plastic prying tool to lever the trim cap out at the end of the arm rest (red arrow). The cap will slide out toward the rear of vehicle, not down. Then remove the T25 Torx fastener beneath it.

Using a door panel clip tool, release door panel clips (red arrows).
Figure 6

Using a door panel clip tool, release door panel clips (red arrows). I like to start at lower corner. Then work my way around door panel, releasing all other clips. . I suggest having extra door panel clips (nine in total for each door panel) on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing or reinstalling.

Once door panel clips have been disconnected, lever the top of door panel (red arrow) off the door.
Figure 7

Once door panel clips have been disconnected, lever the top of door panel (red arrow) off the door. Start at outer edge of door and work your way toward interior pulling the panel straight off of the door. You are detaching four clips.

Pull door panel away to access the door latch Bowden cable.
Figure 8

Pull door panel away to access the door latch Bowden cable. Unclip the plastic retainer (red arrow) and lift the cable end off to remove

Support the door panel, then disconnect the window switch and speaker electrical connectors by pulling them straight out (red arrows).
Figure 9

Support the door panel, then disconnect the window switch and speaker electrical connectors by pulling them straight out (red arrows). You can now service items behind door panel and repair as needed. When installing, reverse order of removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all wiring as before.

To replace or remove the window switch, press the tabs (red arrows) and push it out.
Figure 10

To replace or remove the window switch, press the tabs (red arrows) and push it out.

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