BMW 318/325/M3/525/535/M5 1989-1993 Repair Information

Control Panel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



E30 3 Series
  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Remove the left side lower instrument panel trim and the center console tray. Remove the radio.
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  3. Remove the switches or covers from the openings above the radio opening. Disconnect the switches from the wiring harness.
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  5. Remove the screws holding the control panel at the top. The screws are accessible at the openings above the radio opening. Pull the control panel forward.
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  7. Disconnect the cable clamps and remove the cable ends from the levers.
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To install:
  1. Connect the cables. Install the panel into the dashboard and replace the screws.
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  3. Install the switches and the radio. Install the center console tray and the trim panel. Connect the negative battery terminal.
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E36 3 Series
  1. Insert a feeler gauge blade between the bottom of the trip computer display and the frame at the right side. Move the blade towards the right to release the display. Disconnect the wiring from the display and remove.
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  3. Remove the ashtray or lower console bin, as equipped, by pulling out.
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  5. Remove the knobs from the heater control panel. Remove the panel mounting screws in the depressions for the knobs and pull the panel out.
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  7. Push the controls back and guide downwards to be able to disconnect the wiring, shaft and cable.
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To install:
  1. Connect the shaft, wiring and cable to the control panel.
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  3. Guide the panel into place and install the mounting screws. Replace the knobs.
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  5. Install the ashtray or bin by pressing into place. Connect the wiring to the trip computer display and press into place.
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E34 5 Series
STANDARD CONTROLS
  1. Remove the radio from the opening.
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  3. Press the clip on the left and pull out the control panel.
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  5. Unclip the cables and disconnect the electrical plug.
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  7. Install in reverse order.
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AUTOMATIC CONTROLS
  1. Remove the cover from the rear defogger switch.
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  3. Use a tool to press the clip accessible from the defogger switch opening.
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  5. Pull the control unit out and disconnect the plugs.
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  7. Install in reverse order.
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