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Notes on body repairs, refer to 41 00.
Place vehicle on straightening bench.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Wheel arch, front right

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Note:

In the front wheel arch spare part, there is no bore (2) for the centering pin (1) of the spring strut support bearing!

The bore (2) for the centering pin is made on the complete vehicle in series production and is therefore not present in the spare part.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Installation:

Remove centering pin (1) on spring strut support bearing or, for ”rough road package” suspension, on spacer ring (A) before installation in a wheel arch without centering bore (e.g. strike off or sever).

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Caution!

Avoid damage to adjacent sheet metal parts.

Expose and cut connection points on engine support and firewall.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Expose and cut connection point, cover A-pillar/wheel arch.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Drill out welding spots on support carrier at top.

Determine and mark out partition area at connection, partial replacement piece support carrier, top.

Measurement (A) = approx. 120 mm from center of bore (∅ 8 mm) for securing side wall.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Drill out welding spots at connection point, support plate/A-pillar, outer.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Caution!

Do not damage flange for support carrier at firewall extension.

Roughly cut out support carrier and remove.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Expose mating surfaces.

Drill out cover, A-pillar.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Expose and cut connection point, endplate/wheel arch.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Expose and drill out welding spots, spring strut extension.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Remove wheel arch.

Remove sealing material and residual metal sheeting from connection points.

Straighten and grind connection points.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Determine and mark out partition area at connection, partial replacement piece support carrier, top.

Measurement (A) = approx. 120 mm from center of bore (∅ 8 mm) for securing side wall.

Cut support carrier partial replacement piece.

Fit front wheel arch and locate in position.

Mark holes for plug welding of cover, A-pillar, inside connection point, wheel arch/firewall connection point, wheel arch/endplate connection point, firewall extension/support carrier, top.

Remove front wheel arch.

Drill holes for plug welding in wheel arch partial replacement piece and clean connection points:

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Cover, A-pillar, inside

Connection point, wheel arch/firewall

Connection point, wheel arch/endplate

Connection point, firewall extension/support carrier, top

Coat all connection points on body and wheel arch partial replacement piece with zinc dust paint.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Make reinforcement plate from remaining metal sheet, support carrier partial replacement piece.

Width approx. 40 mm.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Drill holes for plug welding reinforcement plate and fit reinforcement plate.

Coat connection point, body and reinforcement plate, with zinc dust paint.

Weld reinforcement plate and grind welding joints.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Install straightening bench support for wheel arch.

Fit front wheel arch to straightening bench and secure in position.

Carry out plug welding at following points:

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Cover, A-pillar, inside

Connection point, wheel arch/endplate

Note:

For purposes of clarity, straightening bench support for wheel arch shown removed.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Carry out plug welding at extension, firewall/support carrier, top.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Weld up connection point, support carrier partial replacement piece.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Weld up connection point, wheel arch/engine mount.

Weld up connection point, firewall/wheel arch.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Weld up spring strut reinforcement to engine mount.

Replacing front right wheel arch BMW 3 E46

Weld up cover, A-pillar, and support plate, A-pillar, outside.

Grind down mating surfaces.