BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Control Panel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Models With Cable Control
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the radio as outlined in this section.
  4.  
  5. Remove the control panel retaining screws and pull the panel forward.
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  7. Disconnect the electrical wires from the rear of the panel.
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  9. Loosen the tang that holds the cable in position and remove the cable from the control head, by tilting the control head up slightly.
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To install:
  1. Install the control head in position, first connecting the actuating cable to it.
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  3. Reconnect the electrical leads and install the panel retaining screws.
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  5. Install the radio.
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  7. Reconnect the battery and check the operation of the system and check the levers for freedom of movement.
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Models With Vacuum Control
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the radio and surrounding trim panel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the screws along the top edge of the control panel and pull the panel out slightly.
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  7. Disconnect the electrical leads from the back of the panel.
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  9. Unplug the vacuum line connector, note the position of the connector for installation.
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  11. Remove the panel from the dash.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Install the control panel in position and reconnect the vacuum connector, note the color coding of the hoses for correct installation, they should match.
  2.  
  3. Reconnect the electrical leads and screw the panel into position.
  4.  
  5. Install the radio and surrounding trim panel.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable. Check the operation of the system and check for any vacuum leaks.
  8.  

Automatic Controls
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the radio and surrounding trim panel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cover from the rear defogger switch.
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  7. Use a tool to press the clip accessible from the defogger switch opening.
  8.  
  9. Pull the control unit out and disconnect the plugs.
  10.  
  11. Install in reverse order.
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