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#1 (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 07:35 AM
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I have searched all over the forum (even the faq about lifting your hood with no access to the interior of the car)
I have the following problem: My battery is empty and the lock on the driver's side isn't working and the door on the other side doesn't have a lock (you can only "beep" it open with the key), now I can't get into my car.
I have tried to go through the trunk but I can't get the rear seats down from the back.
Now i'm trying to remove one of the grills, maybe this way i can get the hood open and my battery recharged.
Does anybody know how to remove the kidney grills on an 1995 (e36) 318is? these grills are hard tot take off (don't wanna break them)or is there an other solution for my problem (Without seriously damaging the car)

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your battery is in the trunk not under the hood
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My battery is under the hood, i know because I have replaced it once
I can't have 2 batteries, can I??

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I think it's mostly on the e30's that the battery is in the back.

Most bimmers hold it under the hood.
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If the battery was in the back my problem would be solved an i would be again.

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Does anybody know how to get the seats down from the trunk btw??

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In newer models you have 2 pull switches that you can yank from the trunk...

but if you dont see those, you probably have a button on top of the seats from the inside.

Those latches, if they were in your trunk, you would see them.
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No i don't have those switches...... is there any other way?
As far as i can see i can only lower the seats from the inside

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I dont really know how you could "butcher" the seats into folding down if the switch is inside the car....I dont think it's ever possible.

You would have to open up that hood...i remember some guy posting how to open his hood in the FAQ section...he said something about removing his grill.
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ummm.... All I know is my battery in my 325i is in the trunk, there's no space up under the hood for it...your car's an E36 like mine also, so I don't see why it's under the hood??



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oh wait, n/m i see you have a 318



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Ok how do you remove those grills??

If i pull any harder im affraid they'll break

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there are clips on the top of them, and directly in the middle on the sides. They are just basic push tab style clips.


do you want me to take my grill out and take a digital pic so you can see how to do it?



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Yeah that would be great
thnx man

I think the 323i has the same grills

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ok i'll be right back with the pic stay here to see it ok



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