BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Control Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Lower Footwell Flap
  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 clamp and remove the cable end from the lever. Do this at each end of the cable.
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To install:
  1. Connect the cable at the flap lever and fit the clamp in place. The cable housing must be flush with the clamp.
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  3. Connect the control lever cable and move the lever fully to the right. Turn the cable sleeve until the cable can be placed in the holder and the clamp secured.
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  5. Affix the control panel and replace the switches and covers. Install the radio, console tray and the trim panel. Connect the negative battery terminal.
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Defogger and Fresh Air Flap
  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Remove the left side lower instrument panel trim and the center console tray. Lower the glove compartment door and disconnect the straps. Remove the radio.
  2.  
  3. Remove the switches or covers from the openings above the radio opening. Disconnect the switches from the wiring harness.
  4.  
  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.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the cable clamp and remove the cable end from the lever. Do this at each end of the cable.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Connect the cable at the flap lever and fit the clamp in place. The cable housing must be flush with the clamp.
  2.  
  3. Connect the control lever cable and move the lever fully to the right. Turn the cable sleeve until the cable can be placed in the holder and the clamp secured.
  4.  
  5. Affix the control panel and replace the switches and covers. Install the radio, console tray, glove compartment door straps and the trim panel. Connect the negative battery terminal.
  6.  

Mixing Flap
  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Remove the left side lower instrument panel trim and the center console tray. Lower the glove compartment door and disconnect the straps. Remove the radio.
  2.  
  3. Remove the switches or covers from the openings above the radio opening. Disconnect the switches from the wiring harness.
  4.  
  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.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the cable clamp and remove the cable end from the lever. Do this at each end of the cable.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Connect the cable at the flap lever and fit the clamp in place.
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  3. Connect the temperature selector cable and move the wheel to the WARM position. Turn the cable knurl nut so the flap moves to the WARM position. Adjust the nut so the cable can be placed in the holder and the clamp secured.
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  5. Affix the control panel and replace the switches and covers. Install the radio, console tray, glove compartment door straps and the trim panel. Connect the negative battery terminal.
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