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How to Take Off a BMW E36 Front Quarter Panel

Updated July 20, 2017

The BMW E36 has two front quarter panels -- the right front quarter panel is located directly above the front passenger side wheel and the left front quarter panel is located directly above the front driver´s side wheel. The front quarter panels are made of fibreglass and can be damaged in a collision. If either of your front quarter panels is dented or scraped, you can remove it in an hour in your own garage, avoiding a trip to the mechanic´s shop and saving money. The removal procedure is the same for both front quarter panels. Each front quarter panel has two access points -- one from underneath the bonnet and another behind the fender well lining.

Shut off the engine. Raise the bonnet of the car. For removal of the passenger side front quarter panel, locate the bolts that are on the top right side of the engine and are directly connected to the passenger side front quarter panel. For removal of the driver´s side front quarter panel, locate the bolts on the top left side of the engine, directly connected to the driver´s side front quarter panel. Use a 17mm socket wrench to loosen and remove these bolts by turning them counterclockwise.

Raise the front passenger side of the car with a jack and then position a jack stand beneath the undercarriage. Ensure that the vehicle is secure on the jack stand before doing any further work.

Use a lug nut wrench to remove the lug nuts from the front passenger wheel. Remove the wheel and set it aside, exposing the fender well. Locate the bolts along the perimeter of the fender well; use a 17mm socket wrench to remove these bolts, allowing you to pull off the fender well lining.

Locate the bolts at the top of the well that are directly connected to the quarter panel -- use a 17mm socket wrench to remove these bolts. You will now be able to remove the quarter panel from the front of the car by hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Lug nut wrench
  • Socket wrench
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Based in Colorado, Cecil Fontaine has been writing and editing since 2009, specializing in Brazilian travel guides. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.