BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual: Replace A-pillar, outer left

Procedure OBSERVE repair stage 3! Read contents of BODY, GENERAL.

Spot-weld bonding is used on this vehicle. Observe specific PROCEDURE.

Use only approved SPOT-WELDING APPARATUS for repairs.

Following new body parts are required :

  • (1) A-pillar with entrance
  • (2) Carrier support, outside

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Removal: Mark severance cut in accordance with dimension and cut.

IMPORTANT: Cut outer panel only.

Dimension a = approx. 100 mm from 6 mm diameter hole.

LOOSEN spot-welded adhesive joints in area (1).

Open welded connections in area (2).

Remove partial section of carrier support.

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Mark severance cuts in accordance with specified dimensions and cut.

IMPORTANT: Cut outer panel only for following severance cuts.

Dimension a = approx. 600 mm from 20 mm diameter hole.
Dimension b = approx. 450 mm from roof edge.

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Open welded connections in areas (1).

Open spot-welded adhesive joints in area (2) Release and remove A-pillar from cavity sealing (3).

Preparation of new part: Mark severance cuts on new parts according to severance cuts on vehicle and sever.

Prepare REINFORCEMENT PLATES at severance cuts.

Installation: Apply sealant to cavity sealing .

Install and weld new parts and reinforcement plates.

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Install new part and reinforcement plate and weld in designated area (1).

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    Side frame and door pillars
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    Replace B-pillar with reinforcement on left
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