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How to Replace Front Outside Door Handle 01-05 BMW 325Xi

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How to Replace Front Outside Door Handle 01-05 BMW 325Xi

Created on: 2021-01-16

This video will show you how to replace an outside door handle and lock cylinder on your 97-06 BMW 3 Series vehicle. Watch to learn how to do it yourself

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Outside Door Handle
    • Remove the oval plastic access hole cover on the side edge of the door
    • Loosen the 3mm hex screw from the back side of the door handle
    • Pull out the door handle cover and lock cylinder
    • Loosen the 2mm hex screw in the door handle
    • Pull out the door handle
  2. step 2 :Installing the Front Outside Door Handle
    • Replace the outside door handle
    • Tighten the 2mm hex screw into the door handle
    • Replace the door handle cover with the lock cylinder
    • Replace the 3mm screw into the door handle cover
    • Replace the plastic access hole cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • Hex Wrenches

    2mm Hex Key

    3mm Hex Key

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

Installation Video
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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to remove and reinstall the outside front door handle on this 2001 BMW 325xi. If you need these parts or other parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Take this little cover off here, just take a straight blade screwdriver, get underneath here. You could use a trim tool as well. Just pry this cover off, just like that. I am going to just take this plastic bezel off right there, slide that out of the way. There is a small screw in here that I'm going to use a 3 millimeter hex key to get it off, just loosen it up. You can try to use a socket, but just one of these keys will be good. You don't have to take it out all the way, just pry this out a little bit. There's a gasket on here, make sure you leave that gasket with the car while you pull this cover off. The lock cylinder's going to come out with it. Just wiggle it back and forth. Just like that.

Now, I'm going to take a 2 millimeter hex key and slide it in that same hole. There's a little screw right there, I'm just going to loosen that up, twist it to the left, and as I loosen it, it's actually going in, it's reverse thread. When it's right, grab this handle, and it should slide out, just like that. That gasket just fell off, which is fine, and then we can slide the handle right out.

Now I want to install this outside door handle. Make sure you put the gasket on first. Get that in position. And then this is going to slide in down here, just like that. Get this lined up. Put that in position, then I can take that 2 millimeter hex key, slide that down in here. So I turn that to the right, like I'm tightening it, and just make sure that bolt came out. And it did. That's working properly. We can take this cover with the lock cylinder in it, line this in position, then take the 3 millimeter hex key, slide it in here and tighten this bolt up. This little plastic grommet, slide that in position, and then slide this plug in.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Hex Wrenches

  • 2mm Hex Key
  • 3mm Hex Key

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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