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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 Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

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 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 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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The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces -- one covering the inner doorsill (green arrow) and one covering the outer doorsill (red arrow).
Figure 1

The doorsill is trimmed by two separate pieces -- one covering the inner doorsill (green 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.

Outer trim: To remove the outer sill trim, gently lever out the molding piece.
Figure 2

Outer trim: To remove the outer sill trim, gently lever out the molding piece. I prefer to start at the rear of the vehicle and work my way forward (red arrow). Release the trim slowly down its entire length, disengaging each clip. It also helps to pull the trim up while levering.

Outer trim: Inspect the trim clips (green arrows) for damage or wear.
Figure 3

Outer trim: Inspect the trim clips (green arrows) 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. I like to place my thumb on top of the clip, and rock it back and forth. These style clips are quite small and brittle. Doing it this way seems to keep them intact when removing. To replace a clip, slide it out of the molding (inset). Once the molding is removed, inspect the body for rust (red arrows). The area behind the molding can rust and is sometimes hard to notice when the molding is in place. If you spot rust, now is a good time to repair it 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 trim, line it up with the body. Double check it is close to the correct position before clipping in. Begin at the rear of the trim. 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 the clip. Work your way down the trim, ensuring that each clip engages.

Inner trim: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the molding piece.
Figure 4

Inner trim: Using a plastic 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 (red arrows).
Figure 5

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

Inner trim: Inspect the molding clips for damage or wear.
Figure 6

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.

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