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Old 06-22-2013, 02:28 PM   #21
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Lightbulb Cover part #10 I think

This is the little spring loaded cover on each side above the passenger seat on the ledge of the body on the E46 convertible. I accidentally pressed my elbow against one and it popped down into the cavity below it. I could not find a way to reattach it so went to the dealer where a young man there figured it out in about 30 seconds. With the top down, activate the top up button until the tonneau cover lifts free and then get someone to hold it there or use something to prop it up. You then have full access to this cavity and can easily reinsert the little cover in it's proper place. Victoria BMW didn't charge me for doing this task. I would never have figured it out.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:17 AM   #22
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Thumbs Up Cover install thanks

Started a thread in M3forum about this and some guys answered and pointed to this forum. Just what I needed to install my cover. There is a used 330 convertible at a dealer I will take some picture of the install. Thanks again for the posts....
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:16 PM   #23
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:05 AM   #24
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Thumbs Up Completed the install of cover and springs

See M3forum

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...p?p=1066812787

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Old 09-15-2015, 08:36 AM   #25
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Repairing cover

A problem these covers have is that the end of the spring breaks through the tab that secures it; there is a crack in the tab and the spring slips through it.
Is there a way to repair it? Does epoxy work? Can the plastic be melted to seal the crack? At $35 bucks a pop these defectively made covers are an irritating replacement requirement.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:42 AM   #26
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Are you sure you have it installed correctly? (Not questioning your skill or knowledge) but the spring should fail before the cover. Otherwise, it should slide freely within its track. If anything heavy is set on it or it has been banged up, I've had the track break, or the prongs on the cover... but that isn't from normal wear and tear.

Just my $0.02.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:44 AM   #27
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spring in latch

the end of the spring is u shaped and i put it through the tab in the middle of the underside of the cover. The cover works fine for a few years, slides easily, but then the spring breaks through the tab.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:52 AM   #28
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Interesting, I may just never have been lucky enough for that to happen. My guess is with a part like that, which can bake in the sun, epoxy won't be a solution you'll be happy with. Might be stuck buying a replacement part.
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:26 PM   #29
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If mine break, I'll do this. Pretty obvious but I would never have thought of it.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1086409
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:26 AM   #30
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Drilling a new hole in the tab

Thanks for the idea. Good one. I will try it out.
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