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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:54 AM
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How to remove trim in trunk to reach short

I found a short in the wiring for the brake lights in my 97' 318i. The wire runs under what appears to be a 'skid plate' on either side of the striker for the latch. There are plastic buttons that don't seem to want to yield. Here is a picture of the trim in question, and the 'buttons' that I thought should release the trim.

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Old 12-05-2013, 11:41 AM
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I haven't removed those particular items before, but they are used in many other locations throughout the car. Usually you just unscrew the middle portion, then remove the outer collar, and that will free up the trim. They're just expanding plastic rivets.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:57 AM
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Yeah I thought that they were this type of fastener:

But the center of these did not want to pull up, I thought I was going to end up mutilating them. I used a really small and sharp seal puller, put I couldn't get the center of these fasteners up...
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:29 PM
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did you try pushing the centers *in*??


that should allow the retainer to be inthe release position to be removed.

then teh panel just pops right off.





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Old 12-05-2013, 01:42 PM
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Yes, just punch in the center pins, and then with them gone, you can pull out the fasteners with your bare hands.
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