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Old 03-28-2006, 08:49 PM   #1
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DIY: Replacing Door Hinge/Door Brake

If you had your car for a while things start to wear down. The Door Brake is one of them after so many opening and closing your door the hinge will eventually break. Each door has a Door Brake. If you have four doors then you have four and if you have a two door then guess what you have only two. The way to know that your Door Brake is worn/broken is when you open your door it will close itself and not lock in place. My front passenger door did the exact thing. It would shut when I opened it and would not stay in place. Ensure your window is all the way up. This is a very easy DIY. Once the Door Brake is on you will notice the door being like factory new.


Step One
Go to RealOEM and find your part # or go to the dealership. Or you can get with a buddy like i did with ADA and order butt loads of parts and save money on shipping.

Step Two
Remove the door panel using your T20 torx screw driver. Here's a DIY
http://www.e46fanatics.com/how-tos/i...sedan_trim.php

http://www.e46fanatics.com/how-tos/i...coupe_trim.php

Step Three
Pull Back foam off of door. Again ensure your door window is all the way up.

Step Four
Use your 8mm socket to remove the Torx Bolt that's on the car. Remove the two Torx Bolt that is holding the Door Brake on the door.

Step Five
Remove the Door Brake and remove the front door brake gasket.

Step Seventh
Install new Door Brake by following instructions in reverse order. Dont forget to ad thread lock on the torx bolts when reinstalling.

Step Eight
Put everything back together and admire your work.
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Old 03-28-2006, 08:57 PM   #2
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Old 03-28-2006, 08:59 PM   #3
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:09 PM   #4
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nice write up!!!
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:14 PM   #5
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Hey Alex. I should get some credit for ordering those OEM parts for you!!!!!!!
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:55 AM   #6
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Excellent DIY! DIY's Rule!
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Old 03-30-2006, 05:59 AM   #7
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Looks good bro... I hope I don't have to change that.... I have done lots of DIY and the window regulator change, so this is a piece of cake
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:24 PM   #8
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Great job documenting this DIY. I changed the door brake on the driver's side of my 325Ci - I was getting a couple of "cluncks" every time I opened the door - and now it works like a charm.

However, I had a bit of difficulty placing the new door brake inside the door due to the fact that lower sheetmetal opening - as shown in the attached photo on the sedan - in the coupe is a lot further from the door hinge. It required a lot of contorsions and swearing. I eventually resorted to using a piece of wire and fishing for the door brake thru the door brake hole while trying to push the door brake body thru the various metal brackets in the door. Painful...

BTW, I got the door brake super cheap thru Pelican Parts. They rock.

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Old 12-29-2007, 01:35 PM   #9
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I'm having the same problem whilst opening my passenger side door, one question would I have to purchase a brake gasket along with the new door brake?
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:53 PM   #10
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I changed my driver's side door brake this past summer. It was piece of cake!
Thanks for the writeup thou!
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:06 PM   #11
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I'm having the same problem whilst opening my passenger side door, one question would I have to purchase a brake gasket along with the new door brake?
No you can use your old brake gasket.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:28 PM   #12
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Just wanted to say thanks for the DIY (I also took the opportunity to add BSW stage 1 since i had my door apart)
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:34 AM   #13
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I just did this job this past weekend and it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought. Thanks for the DIY it helped out great!
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #14
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Fantastic just what I was looking for! Great write up will do mine this weekend it's such a pain when it closes on me. Dealer price is 25 + vat.
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