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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
General
Data
and

	

010
FundamentalsfortheDo-lt-YourselfOwner

Maintenance

	

020
Maintenance
Program

Engine

Transmission

Suspension,

Steering
and

Brakes

4
Body

100
Engine-General

110

	

E

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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
020-
1
2

	

MAINTENANCE
PROGRAM

6-cylinder
engines
use
a
coil-on-plug
configuration,
and
re-

	

Battery
cablesshould
be
tight
.
The
terminals,
the
cable
moval
of
thetop
engine
cover
(between
the
c

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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
Rear
shock
absorber,

removing
and
installing

1.
Raisecar
and
remove
rear
wheels
.

WARNING
-

Make
sure
that
thecar
is
firmly
supportedon
jack
stands
designed
for
the
purpose
.
Place
the
jack
stand

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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
TheE36
convertible
is
an
all-season
vehicle
with
a
high
lev-
e¡offunctionality,
excellent
interior
comfort,
and
acoustic
re-

finement
.
Interior
materials
and
colors,
the
soft
top
and
the

light-al

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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
GENERAL

This
repair
group
covers
front
and
rear
door
repair
informa-
tion,
including
removal
and
installationof
the
interior
doorpan-
els
.

DOORS

WARNING
-

Late
M3
moddis
havealuminum
doors
.
Use

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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
Fig
.
10
.
Panel
edge
trim
piece
trim
being
removed
.

Rear
side
trimpanel,
removing
and
install-

ing
(convertible
models)

To
remove
the
rearside
panel
in
convertible
models
it
is
necessary
to
:

"

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BMW 318i 1997 E36 Workshop Manual 
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8

	

DOOR
WINDOWS

NOTE-

To
achieve
an
accurate
window
adjustment
in
2-door
models
with
"close
with
door
shut"
feature,
simulate
a
closed
dooras
follows
:
On
early
cars,
manually
turn
the

lat
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