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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-02-2014, 03:39 PM
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boot rubber seal - in or out?

The rubber seal running round the boot dives under the plastic trim part way round. I'm guessing it should tuck over the top of the plastic trim...

In other words, in both pictures the rubber seal towards the top of the picture is fitted correctly, across the bottom the plastic trim is sitting over the top of the rubber and I need to prise the rubber out from underneath.

Correct?

Jonathan
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:36 PM
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Correct. It's been a long time since I removed that piece of plastic trim, but I think there are screws hiding underneath those little round caps. Loosening the screws should make it easier to free the rubber gasket.
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:50 AM
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Done.

Slightly misshapen where it has been trapped under the trim, but hopefully that will ease out over time. Might give it a gentle warm with a hair dryer to soften a bit (avoiding melting the other trim!!!).

thanks for the help

Jonathan
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:39 PM
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glad you got it done

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