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Old 03-25-2015, 12:28 PM   #1
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Broke the white clasp that connects to the inner door handle. Any ideas?

When you remove door cards this is the white piece that connects to the door card handle. Is there a way to easily replace this piece? Unfortunately I managed to break this due to the cold weather. It looks like there is no way to replace short of removing the vapor barrier and seeing what the other end looks like.



I am thinking about just cutting off the last inch or so and attaching a new one from the junkyard with a steel cable splicer like this

Am I missing a way easier approach to this?

Ok i Just scoped out realoem, and this is part #5 http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...11&hg=41&fg=40

hopefully that 7 dollar price tag isn't super blown up at the dealership (it will be) EDIT: it's nine bucks but takes to days to order. I think I may just do that. Has anyone had experience removing one of these? I may just head up to the junkyard to practice on a totalled e46 so I don't break anything else xD

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Old 03-25-2015, 12:37 PM   #2
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If it's already broken why not try two part epoxy or gorilla glue to rig it?
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:55 PM   #3
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I could try that but the new part is just as much as the adhesive. Also I'm wondering how much force is applied to that part when you open the door...
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I could try that but the new part is just as much as the adhesive. Also I'm wondering how much force is applied to that part when you open the door...
Just a thought. I broke the plastic sleeve at the end of a shift linkage doing a trans swap years ago. I just gorilla glued it and never had a issue.
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Broke the white clasp that connects to the inner door handle. Any ideas?

Thanks for the input Ross! You know just because you said that, your shift linkage is going to break this week right?

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Old 03-25-2015, 01:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input Ross! You know just because you said that, your shift linkage is going to break this week right?
Haha, that car actually blew up while I was driving it about 6 months after the trans swap. They guessed it was a fuel leak since nobody could figure out an exact reason. The only thing left was the back bumper and the brand new rear tires. Having a car engulf in flames while driving it or having a hood fly up is a hell of an experience.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:32 PM   #7
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Definitely go with a new part. There are actually two bowden cables inside the door. One that hooks to the outside handle and a separate one that hooks to the inside handle. Both hook to the actuator. Mine broke on the outside handle (yours appears to be the inside handle) and the entire carrier (about $57 from ecstuning) had to be replaced. It was a Beeaaattcchh to get the old one out and new one in. If I recall, the inside (yours) cable was very easy to get to. I believe the vapor barrier must be removed either way. Good luck.
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Harley are you saying regardless of which cable is broken, the entire actuator needs to be replaced? I was looking around and ran into this post which leads me to believe it just pops right out easily from the actuator: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...1&postcount=13

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Harley are you saying regardless of which cable is broken, the entire actuator needs to be replaced? I was looking around and ran into this post which leads me to believe it just pops right out easily from the actuator: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...1&postcount=13
NO! Sorry, I should have been more clear. The Baden cable to my outside handle (from the actuator) actually broke within the cable itself, not at the plastic clip like yours. That is why I had to replace the actual handle "carrier". I believe yours is just a single Baden cable that runs from your inside door handle to the actuator. Should be a much simpler fix.

And btw, I misspoke if I said replace the actuator. You shouldn't have to do anything with your actuator, just the cable.

The following link will show you exactly what I had to put in just for reference...

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330..._3.0L/ES89846/
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NO! Sorry, I should have been more clear. The Baden cable to my outside handle (from the actuator) actually broke within the cable itself, not at the plastic clip like yours. That is why I had to replace the actual handle "carrier". I believe yours is just a single Baden cable that runs from your inside door handle to the actuator. Should be a much simpler fix.

And btw, I misspoke if I said replace the actuator. You shouldn't have to do anything with your actuator, just the cable.

The following link will show you exactly what I had to put in just for reference...

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330..._3.0L/ES89846/
ok I understand what you are saying. I mistook the carrier to mean the actuator. We're on the same page now. But don't worry, I was not about to order a new actuator lol. The part of the actuator diy I am interested is the removal of those cables, which appears to be a simple twist and pull.

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