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Old 12-10-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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Door Pins Question

Hi: it seems on the forum there are 2 opinions to remove door pins (in this case I want to replace the original plastic, black ones with chrome). Some say that the door panel has to be removed, others that it is enough to unscrew the existing pins.

Has anybody done this? I am looking for a first-source testimony
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:08 PM   #2
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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Do you mean the door panel strips? I think you do. There aren't any pins in the door that you can change from black to chrome. That is why no one replied to your post.

Each door panel strip pops off. There are about 5 pins on the back of the strip where you can't see them, but slide a small nail-puller under the door panel strip, with a piece of cardboard between the puller and the door so you don't scratch the door, and lever up/out gently. Start at the back, because there are 2 little tabs that fit under the interior door handle, and you can't see the little tabs until the strip is off.

The hidden pins behind the door-panel strip fit onto clear plastic blocks that are rectangular, not square, so to reinstall the door-panel strips you align the blocks correctly and bang the strip with the flat part of the palm of your hand.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:15 AM   #4
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Hi Tom - but thanks for noticing this tread and taking your time! However, I do mean door pins (these are the pins that pop up when you unlock the doors - the door lock pins). I am not sure if in order to replace the OEM pins (plastic black) for the aftermarket chrome I need to pull and/or unscrew the black ones or do I need to remove the door panel in the first place? I searched the forum and I found confusing advise (one school of thought advocated unscrewing them while another removing the entire door panel). I am looking for somebody who has done these on e46 and can give me a definate advise.
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:29 PM   #5
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Oh I see. The lock-buttons.

Worse yet, "lock buttons" makes no sense. It seemed sensible before door locks became electric, but "lock buttons" is actually the USA terminology for what you are writing about. So you got no response earlier.

I don't know what they call them in the UK.

To write something useful to you now: They are stuck on top of a steel rod that goes about 8"-10" down into the door panel, so you have to remove the inner door panel to replace them.
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:40 AM   #6
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Tom and others: I just changed my door lock buttons (or pins) and you do not need to remove the inner door panels to replace them. In fact, all you need to do to unscrew the plastic black door lock buttons to losen them and then simply pull them up. Just make sure that the doors are unlocked so that the metal rod that the buttons are stuck on is sticking out of the hole. Then you need to put some glue inside the new locks (or on top of the metal rod) and screw them onto the rod. It all took about 5 minutes to replace (including the black rings that surround the door locks). Best!
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:15 PM   #7
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I tried to unscrew the lock buttons, but all it would do is turn. Could not remove. Did you have this problem?
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #8
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Cool more help!!

i could not unscrew mine off, so still not sure wheter to take the panel off to get to them.
any advice appreciated
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:04 PM   #9
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PULL HARD.

no need to take any panel off.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:30 AM   #10
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I'm having the same problem, just can't get the damn things off
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:41 PM   #11
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same as with me wont come off?
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:56 PM   #12
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Take the door trim apart, remove airbag (optional for more space/safety), window regulator (optional for more space), disconnect if you manage the lock pin shaft from the door lock actuator, pull the door pin/shaft upwards through the guides inside the door, put a washer with internal diameter the diameter of the pin shaft through the shaft, grab the shaft with vice grips and then use a tool to hit the washer/lock pin so that it slides out of the shaft without damage.


or just pull as I said 2 years ago
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:38 PM   #13
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I tried pulling, I tried unscrewing..............I tried it all............thing won't budge......WTH.
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