BMW 3 Series E46

since 1998 release

Repair and operation of the car



BMW 3 Series E46
+ BMW 3 cars (E46)
+ Current leaving and service
+ Engine
+ Cooling systems, heating
+ Power supply systems, injection and release
+ Engine electric equipment
+ RKPP and transmission line
+ Automatic transmission
+ Coupling and power shafts
+ Brake system
+ Suspension bracket and steering
- Body
   General information and security measures
   + Leaving and repair of damages of a body
   - External elements of a body
      Removal and installation of a front bumper
      Removal and installation/check of shock-absorbers of a bumper
      Removal and installation of a rear bumper
      Removal and installation of the back shock-absorber
      Removal and installation of a cover of a fairing
      Removal and installation of a forward wing
      Removal and installation of a cowl
      Adjustment of a cowl
      Removal and installation of a trunk lid
      Adjustment of a trunk lid
      Removal and installation of the lock/cylinder of the lock of a trunk lid
      Removal and installation of a gas-filled emphasis of a cowl/trunk lid
      Replacement of moldings and emblem of model
      Removal, installation and adjustment of a door
      Removal and installation of facing of a door
      Removal and installation of the lock of a door
      Removal and installation of the cylinder of the lock
      Removal and installation of the external handle of a door
      Removal, installation and adjustment of a window
      Removal and installation of the power window
      Removal and installation of the electric motor of a window regulator
      Removal and installation of a mirror of an external look / sound signal of high-pitch tone
      Removal and installation of glass of a mirror
      Removal and installation of the case of a mirror of an exterior
   + Internal elements of a body
+ Onboard electric equipment
+ Schemes of electric equipment





Adjustment of a cowl

The drive connecting both locks of a cowl has to be adjusted so that it had no gap. The cover of the drive has to sit completely in a guide in the lock. Otherwise owing to a cowl drive tension the cable in a guide can slip out then will be not to open locks.

As the cowl is driven and fastens in an unpainted body, owing to the subsequent shift of a cowl its unpainted surfaces can be bared.


1 Adjust the loop screw-1 at the left and on the right, having received the size A = 12 mm.


2 Check an emphasis-2-, if necessary replace a loop.

Adjustment of the drive of a cowl

3 Adjust the cowl drive so that it had no side play.

The cable of the drive should not be tense. For descriptive reasons the drive and locks are shown in the removed state.


4 Completely screw a cowl emphasis.

Side installation of a cowl


5 Weaken screws-2-and-3 of a loop-1-at the left and on the right so that the cowl could be displaced. 4 – fastening of a cable of weight (address an illustration 13.3).
6 Close a cowl and expose in relation to wings in front and on each side.

If there is not enough range of regulation, weaken screws of fastening of loops of a cowl and displace loops on a body.


7 Carefully open a cowl and fix screws of loops.

Adjustment of a cowl on height

8 Weaken screws-1 of fastening of both emphasis so that an emphasis could be displaced. 3 – gripping hook.


9 Several times close a cowl so that it was possible to combine locks.
10 Tighten screws of fastening of an emphasis of the lock.

11 Turn off a lock-nut-1-and turn an emphasis a-2-face key-3-.


12 Thus, expose a cowl on identical height in relation to wings. At the same time you watch a parallel gap in relation to a front bumper.
13 Tighten a lock-nut.
14 Check whether locks and hooks-4-are correctly interfaced, if necessary repeat adjustment.

Adjustment of an emphasis


15 Open a cowl.

16 Turn out an emphasis so that the cowl was under some tension. For this purpose form two columns about 10 mm high from plasticine. Establish columns on an emphasis and close a cowl. Open a cowl and measure height of an emphasis and the compressed column. Turn out an emphasis on size of the received size + 0.5 mm. Thus, adjust all emphasis.


17 Check whether the emphasis without gap adjoins to all emphasis, otherwise repeat adjustment.

The cowl should not be above a wing, otherwise there can be a noise of wind at the movement.