BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Dash Panel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the lower dash trim from under the steering column by removing the retaining screws. On some models the buzzer module will have to be unclipped to remove the panel from the interior of the vehicle. Unfasten the vent tubes from the circulation motor in the center of the dash.
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  5. Unfasten and tag the headlight switch, fog light, rear defroster, and circulation control wires. Tag prior to removal.
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  7. If the radio is mounted into the dash panel, remove and place aside.
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  9. Remove the glove box by unfastening the strap, lowering the door and removing the screws from the rear hinge.
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  11. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to the procedure in Steering & Suspension for details.
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  13. Remove the 2 screws from the top of the instrument panel hood.
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  15. Remove the speaker grille and speaker from on top of the instrument panel. After the speaker has been removed, reach in and unfasten the speedometer cable from the back of the speedometer.
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  17. Remove the retaining screws from the lower portion of the dash panel which secure the instrument panel to the dash assembly.
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  19. Remove the instrument cluster and pull forward.
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  21. Disconnect the wire harness from the instrument cluster.
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  23. Remove the retaining bolts at the side of the panel securing it to the vehicle body.Working from below the panel, remove the retaining screws that run the length of the vehicle.
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  25. Lift the dash panel up. If all the hardware was removed, the panel will lift easily. Carefully pull the panel toward the rear of the vehicle. When the panel has cleared the retainer clips at the base of the windshield, it can be removed from the car.
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To install:
  1. Position the instrument panel into the vehicle and work into the retainer clips below the windshield.
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  3. Install the retainer screws along the the length of the panel. Attach the bolts at the side of the panel.
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  5. Install the remaining part in the reverse order of removal. Make sure any ground wires(brown) removed earlier are reconnected. Connect the negative battery cable. Check all cluster components and connections including the gauge lighting and speedometer cable connection.
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3 Series Models

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the lower dash trim from under the steering column by removing the retaining screws. On some models the buzzer module will have to be unclipped to remove the panel from the interior of the vehicle.
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  5. Working from under the dash panel, remove the retaining bolts at the side of the panel, as well as those above the driver;s and passenger's footwell. With all the bolts removed, proceed on to removing all the screws along the length of the panel. Make sure you remove all the screws.
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  7. Remove the vent tubes, headlight, fog, defroster and other switches from the panel. Tag all harness before removing.
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  9. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to the procedure in Steering & Suspension for details.
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  11. Remove the 2 screws from the top of the instrument panel hood.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Before beginning your work, note the placement of all major components



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Fig. Fig. 2: If equipped with a buzzer, unclip from the lower panel



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the retaining screws from the upper portion of the instrument panel hood



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the instrument panel hood and place aside



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Fig. Fig. 5: Bring the instrument panel forward and pull out towards you slightly ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... and unfasten the instrument panel wire harness

  1. Remove the screws from the instrument cluster and pull forward.
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  3. Pull the clip off the harness plug and disconnect from the instrument cluster.
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  5. Remove the dash panel from the vehicle by lifting up and out. Make sure no wires are attached to the panel when removing.
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  7. Install in reverse order or removal. Install all retainer bolts and screws or the panel could squeak during driving. Fasten all wires and switches, including ground wires. Connect the negative battery cable. Check all cluster components and connections including the gauge lighting and speedometer cable connection.
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5, 6 and 7 Series Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the lower dash trim from under the steering column by removing the retaining screws. On some models the buzzer module will have to be unclipped to remove the panel from the interior of the vehicle.
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  5. If equipped with wood or plastic trim panels, carefully pry them out of the panel. If a trim panel will not remove easily, look under the dash panel and check for a retainer clip.
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  7. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to the procedure in Steering & Suspension for details.
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  9. Remove the radio from the dash.
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  11. Remove the screws from the top of the instrument panel hood.
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  13. Disconnect all switches, vent tubing and harnesses attached to the dash panel.
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  15. Remove the retainer bolts and screws securing the dash panel to the vehicle.
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  17. Remove the screws from the instrument cluster and pull forward.
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  19. Remove the dash panel forward and out of the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Work the dash panel into position and secure with retaining hardware.
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  3. Connect the switches, vent tubing and harnesses removed earlier.
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  5. Install the remaining components in the reverse order or removal. Connect the negative battery cable. Check all cluster components and connections including the gauge lighting and speedometer cable connection.
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