BMW Cars 1999-06

Instrument Panel, Pad, and Dashboard

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
Many BMW models covered by this manual are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, properly disable the SRS.

The instrument panel removal is complex and requires disconnecting many components. Make sure to label and organize the components as they are disconnected, disassembled or removed.

3 Series Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), wait for a period of 11 minutes before proceeding.
  2.  
  3. If equipped, disable and remove the SRS components as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Remove center console as outlined in this section.
  6.  
  7. Remove the glove box compartment as follows:
    1. Open the glove box door and remove glove compartment mounting screws.
    2.  
    3. Pull glove box compartment outward, and disconnect the electrical connectors as necessary.
    4.  

  8.  
  9. Remove lower left dash trim piece as follows:
    1. Remove the lower dash panel mounting screws.
    2.  
    3. Pull the lower dash panel to the left and back and disengage it from the driver's side footwell retaining clips.
    4.  

  10.  
  11. If equipped, remove the driver's side and passenger airbags.
  12.  


CAUTION
Make sure to store the airbags properly in a safe area.

  1. Remove steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove driver side knee bolster fasteners and remove.
  4.  
  5. Remove the following components:

    Instrument cluster
     
    Headlight switch
     
    Radio
     
    Climate control head and module.
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the turn signal and windshield wiper/washer stalk switches as outlined in Section 8.
  8.  
  9. Remove windshield (A-pillar) trim from both left and right sides.
  10.  
  11. Remove the reinforcement bar below the steering column, then remove steering column shear bolts. Carefully lower steering lightly and support the column to avoid damaging the spindles.
  12.  


WARNING
Lowering the steering column too far can damage the spindles.

  1. Remove the glove compartment support frame fasteners, then remove the frame assembly.
  2.  
  3. Carefully release and lift out the defroster outlets (both left and right sides) at base of windshield. Remove the screws located below the outlets.
  4.  
  5. Remove the mounting bolts on the left and right sides of the dash board assembly.
  6.  
  7. Carefully lift the instrument trim panel off slowly. Make sure all harness connectors and wiring are disconnected.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  10.  

Z3 Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait for a period of 11 minutes before proceeding.
  2.  
  3. Disable and remove the (SRS) components as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Remove center console as outlined in this section.
  6.  


CAUTION
Make sure to store the airbags properly in a safe area.

  1. Remove steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove driver side knee bolster fasteners and remove.
  4.  
  5. Remove the following components:

    Instrument cluster
     
    Headlight switch
     
    Radio
     
    Climate control head and module.
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the turn signal and windshield wiper/washer stalk switches as outlined in Section 8.
  8.  
  9. Open the glove box, remove the four finishing caps near the glove box door lock catch and remove the screws.
  10.  
  11. Remove the trim caps and screws from the far right end of dash and next to the center air vents on right side of the center console.
  12.  
  13. Close the glove box, then pull it downward and out slightly.
  14.  
  15. Remove the two screws securing the glove box cover and remove the cover.
  16.  
  17. Remove the two fasteners securing the passenger side air bag bracket-to-support brace.
  18.  
  19. Remove the two mounting fasteners on each end of instrument panel, in the door jamb areas.
  20.  
  21. Remove the two mounting fasteners located under center air vents.
  22.  
  23. Remove screw trim caps at the base of windshield and remove the screws.
  24.  
  25. Carefully lift the instrument panel up and remove it from the passenger (right) side of the vehicle.
  26.  
  27. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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