BMW Cars 1999-06

Neutral Safety Switch

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Removal & Installation



The back-up light switch is part of the neutral safety switch located inside the gear selector trim cover.

  1. Remove the 3mm hex head fastener from the gear selector knob and remove the knob.
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  3. Carefully release the gear selector housing cover from the console.
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  5. Remove the neutral safety switch electrical connector by squeezing the retaining clips and detaching the connector.
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  7. Remove the neutral safety switch mounting fasteners.
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  9. Move the gear selector until the selector's pin aligns with the small slot in the switch and lift the switch upward to remove.
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To install:

  1. Align the slot of the switch with the slot of the switch housing.
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  3. Move the gear selector as necessary to engage the pin into the slots of the switch.
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  5. Install the switch mounting fasteners.
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  7. Install the trim covers.
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  9. Install the gear selector's release button such that the pin is installed into the hole on the gear selector linkage and install the gear selector knob onto the selector shaft.
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