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Door Entrance Trim Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Entrance Trim Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW X3 Sport Utility (2004-10)

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

The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces -- one covering the inner doorsill and one covering the outer doorsill. The doorsill molding wears out over time. This is 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.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts 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 doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces -- one covering the inner doorsill (blue arrow) and one covering the outer doorsill (red arrow).
Figure 1

The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces -- one covering the inner doorsill (blue arrow) and one covering the outer doorsill (red arrow). The doorsill molding wears out over time. This is 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 trim: Using a trim panel prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece.
Figure 2

Inner trim: Using a trim panel prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece. I prefer to start at the rear of the vehicle (red arrow) and work my way forward. Lever the trim off the rubber door seal toward the interior. Release the molding slowly down its entire length, carefully disengaging each clip with the plastic trim panel tool.

Inner trim: The clips are a few inches apart (blue arrows), it helps if you lever in the area and use a swift upward motion to detach them.
Figure 3

Inner trim: The clips are a few inches apart (blue arrows), it helps if you lever in the area and use a swift upward motion to detach them.

Inner trim: Release the molding slowly down its entire length (red arrow), carefully disengaging each clip with the plastic trim panel tool.
Figure 4

Inner trim: Release the molding slowly down its entire length (red arrow), carefully disengaging each clip with the plastic trim panel tool.

Inner trim: Inspect the molding clips for damage or wear.
Figure 5

Inner trim: Inspect the molding clips for damage or wear. This photo shows the clips still engaged and in good shape. If 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. Use a plastic prying tool to lever the trim clips out of the body (red arrow). To install new molding, line up with the body and double check it is close to the correct position before clipping in. Begin at the rear of the molding. To engage the clip, hook the bottom of the clip with the molding. Then press firmly in the area of the clip with your palm. The motion of engaging the clip feels like you are rolling the trim on, starting at the bottom and applying even pressure while rolling the trim up and engaging each clip. Work your way down the molding, ensuring that each clip engages.

Outer trim: To remove the outer sill trim, gently scrape and lever it off the body using a plastic scraper.
Figure 6

Outer trim: To remove the outer sill trim, gently scrape and lever it off the body using a plastic scraper. It might be helpful to mark with masking tape the ends of the old trim piece, so that when installing the new one you have a guide.

Outer trim: Then peel it off once free, if needed use a heat gun to free adhesive.
Figure 7

Outer trim: Then peel it off once free, if needed use a heat gun to free adhesive.

Outer trim: Inspect the area under the trim piece for rust or rot (red arrow).
Figure 8

Outer trim: Inspect the area under the trim piece for rust or rot (red arrow). Sand and repaint as needed. Thoroughly clean adhesive off body, align trim, remove paper to expose adhesive and apply even firm pressure to install new trim piece.

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