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Lower left rear panel unclipped

What is the best way to get this clipped back into place on my BMW 325 Cic?

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  • jamesjay01 Sep 23, 2008

    the left rear panel on my 2001 BMW 325 Cic is in two pieces. The lower piece by the wheel became unclipped. Is it easy to re-clip? If so, what is the best way to do this - besides taking it to a body shop?

  • jamesjay01 Sep 23, 2008

    On the upper part of the rear panel, there is a metal clip. I am not sure how this is suppose to clip onto the lower part (skirt?). I do not see any holes and the clip is definitely not plastic.

  • jamesjay01 Sep 23, 2008

    it has a hole in the center. So, maybe the screw or post is on the inside of the lower half of the rear panel?

  • bryant smith
    bryant smith May 11, 2010

    since there is a metal clip that would mean that there is more than likely a little screw that was in there. since you can see the clip, can you describe it to me? short with a hole in the center, long no hole, etc?

  • bryant smith
    bryant smith May 11, 2010

    some of the cars had little plastic clips that held them together. some had plastic screws, some even used metal screws. are there any hole for any of the above? big or small?

  • bryant smith
    bryant smith May 11, 2010

    interior or exterior?

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Find a screw that will fit snuggly and replace it. you should use something that has a washer with it or a large enough head that it won't break through and do no good. take a look at the other side and see what you can see. maybe you will be able to match it.

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