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Door Entrance Trim Replacement
 
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Door Entrance Trim Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Doorsill molding, molding clips

Hot Tip:

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

Performance Gain:

Refresh the look of your doorsill

Complementary Modification:

Replace both sides at the same time

The doorsill is trimmed by one plastic trim piece. 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 that your car may have been serviced before and had 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 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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Front trim: 
Front trim: The front doorsill is trimmed by one plastic trim piece (red arrow).
Figure 1

Front trim: The front doorsill is trimmed by one plastic trim piece (red arrow). The doorsill molding wears out over time. This is usually caused by weather and wear and tear. Be sure to have trim clips on hand.

Front trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece.
Figure 2

Front trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece. I prefer to start at the rear of the vehicle and work my way forward. Release the molding slowly down its entire length, carefully disengaging each clip (red arrows) with the plastic trim panel tool.

Front trim: Inspect the molding clips for damage or wear.
Figure 3

Front trim: Inspect the molding clips for damage or wear. This photo shows the clips still engaged (red arrows) and in good shape. If the trim clips do not come out with the trim piece (green arrow), 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 (inset). 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.

Rear trim: 
Rear trim: The rear doorsill is trimmed by one plastic trim piece (green arrow).
Figure 4

Rear trim: The rear doorsill is trimmed by one plastic trim piece (green arrow). The doorsill molding wears out over time. This is usually caused by weather and wear and tear. The rear trim on E53 models tends to crack (red arrow) from normal use as well. Be sure to have trim clips on hand.

Rear trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece.
Figure 5

Rear trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece. I prefer to start at the front of the trim and work my way rearward. Release the molding slowly along the bottom portion, disengaging each clip (red arrows). Once the bottom is detached, the rear upper portion has to be detached. Be careful not to force it, as it tends to break.

Rear trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece.
Figure 6

Rear trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece. Start at the top of the trim and work my way forward. Detach the upper clip (red arrow).

Rear trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the final clip (red arrow).
Figure 7

Rear trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the final clip (red arrow). Once detached, lift the trim piece up starting at the front. Then feed it out of the seat cushions. Inspect the molding clips for damage or wear. 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. To install the new molding, line it 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 a 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 the clip. Work your way down the molding, ensuring each clip engages.

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