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How to Replace Rear Exterior Door Handle 01-05 BMW 325 Xi

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How to Replace Rear Exterior Door Handle 01-05 BMW 325 Xi

Created on: 2019-08-02

Check out this video if you need to replace the door handle on your 01-05 BMW 3 Series. 1A Auto shows you how to do it, step by step!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Rear Door Handle
    • With the rear door open, remove the rubber plug from the door edge beside the handle
    • Loosen the 4 mm hex screw
    • Remove the door handle cover piece
    • Loosen the T15 screw inside the door handle (the screw is reverse threaded, counter-clockwise loosening will push the screw away from you, which is the intended direction)
    • Pull the door handle to remove it
  2. step 2 :Installing the Rear Door Handle
    • Install the door handle by hooking the front end in first
    • Tighten the T15 screw (the screw is reverse threaded, clockwise tightening will pull the screw toward you, which is the intended direction)
    • Close the door and test the handle
    • Install the door handle cover
    • Tighten the 4 mm hex screw
    • Reinstall the rubber plug

Tools needed for replacement

  • Hex Wrenches

    4mm Hex Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T15 Torx Driver

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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 replace the rear outside door handle on this 2001 BMW 325 XI. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description. Head over to

Open the door. I'm just going to grab a straight blade pocket screwdriver just to take this little trim piece off. Just a little cover, just a little rubber cover. I'm going to take a hex key number 4, that's 4 millimeter, and there's a bolt or a screw right there. You go in at that angle. Loosen this up. As we're loosening this up, this cover right here is going to come loose, so keep wiggling it back and forth. All right, make sure that's unthreaded all the way. Slide this out.

It's a little bit of a struggle so you can use a trim tool. Just get down underneath here. Just be careful not to scratch the paint. Here we go. Pull that off, slide that out of the way. Once that cover is off, then you can actually take, there's a screw in there that you're going to use a T15 driver. It's easier to use a driver than actual bits because you'll be able to get in there, and you're going to go over here. You're going to loosen this up. It's kind of a reverse thread. As I loosen it, the pin is going to go in, it's going to loosen up, and then you'll be able to slide the handle just like this, and then grab the handle and slide it outwards.

Take the door handle, we want to slide this into this side of the door here first. with that in, then we position this over here. Make sure you have the gasket is on, especially if you're replacing the door handle. Line this up, slide that like that. Take the T15 driver. We're going to slide it in the hole down here and then you're going to turn it clockwise, which is actually going to pull that pin back through the door handle. Not too tight. You don't want to break anything. You can recheck the door handle and make sure it's working. We can actually close the door, try it. That is working properly. Now take this cover, slide this back in position, just like that. Take the hex key, line up the screw, push that down, and then just snug this up. That's good. Take this little plug, put it back in position. You're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Hex Wrenches

  • 4mm Hex Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T15 Torx Driver

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