How to Remove M3 E46 Side Grills

Written by william zane
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The M3 is one of the most well known performance cars to come out of BMW's Motorsport division. The first generation M3 was based on the E30 generation 3 Series and was introduced in 1985. The E30 M3 was replaced by the E36, which in turn was superseded by the E46 M3. The E46 M3 was based on the 3 Series, but featured flared fenders and other changes that set it apart. It also featured aggressive-looking grills in the front fenders just past the wheels. These are easy to remove and replace.

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Things you need

  • Credit card or similar plastic device
  • Lint-free rags
  • Car detailing solution

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  1. 1

    Wipe the grill and the surrounding area down with a car detailing solution and a clean, dry rag. This will minimise the likelihood of scratching the paint or the grill during the removal process.

  2. 2

    Place your hands on either end of the top slat of the grill. Press down gently on the slat until the tabs on the back of the grill release from the fender. Rock the grill back and forth and gently withdraw it from the fender.

  3. 3

    Slide a credit card between the grill tab and the fender to keep the tab from popping back into the fender if the grill is difficult to remove. Some grills will pop right out without too much effort, but some may be more stubborn.

  4. 4

    Leave the credit car in place while you work the grill out. If necessary, slide another credit car between the opposite tab and the fender as well.

  5. 5

    Loop a lint free rag around one of the slats and then pull on the rag gently to remove the grill if it does not come out when you pull on it with your hands. The grill is designed to simply pop out once the tabs release from the fender and is not held in place with any screws or bolts.

  6. 6

    Install the old grill or a new, replacement grill by lining the grill up with the opening and then pressing it gently into place until it is securely installed.

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