Door Lock Actuator Replacement
on a 02/99 E46 4-door

Last updated July 13, 2013

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How to get the door panel off:

Tools required:
Large flat blade screw driver with tip covered in tape
Torx T-20 Screwdriver
Torx T-30 Screwdriver
Hex key wrench


1) Remove the door panel strip by inserting the flat blade screwdriver and gently prying it off. There are four anchor points equally spaced along the length of the panel. They will pop off by just pulling straight out. Then remove the two screws using the Torx T-20 screwdriver. The screw near the door handle is almost 2" long. All the rest of the screws are only about 3/4" long.

2) Remove the power mirror switch block on the driver's side or the blank panel on the passenger side. Use the flat blade screwdriver. Then remove the screw hidden behind the panel with the Torx T-20 screwdriver.

3) Remove the two screw covers on the lower side of the arm rest. Then remove the two screws with the Torx T-20 screwdriver.

4) Remove the door panel with a plastic door panel removal tool, taped up flat blade screwdriver or taped spatula.

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