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Old 10-14-2005, 05:05 PM
gldbmr gldbmr is offline
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Shifter Track Cover

I am new to the Forum. I Just bought my second BMW. I had such good service out of my 1985 325is, I thought I would move up a decade with a 1995 525i. I need to replace the flexible cover over the shifter track. I have the part but don't know how to remove the cover to install it. Any advice?
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:08 AM
imnprsd imnprsd is offline
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1) Remove the shift handle. There is a torx (or Allen) screw on the backside.
2) Pry up the cover plate (and this is important) from the passenger side with a straight edge screw driver (or two) and work your way CCW (around to the front and then down the other side) until the cover plate pops up. You want to be careful about pry up the back end of the cover plate because there are plastic track-rings which hold the slider cover you want to replace.
3) Remove the electrical leads to the tranny M/A tranny switch and lift off the cover plate to install your new slider.
4) *** WHILE YOU ARE IN THERE -- CLEAN THE TRANSMISSION GEAR SELECTOR. It's the electrical switch which has a pin in the center from the shifter. You do this and you may save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. That selector switch tells your tranny what gear you should be in.... And it tells your instrument cluster what to display in the LCD. So if you are missing any pixels this maybe your chance to fix those too or prevent them from going out in the future. Just take the switch out and spray it with electrical contact cleaner and stuff a rag in it to clean the electrical contacts.

This is a simple job. Should only take you 20-30 minutes the first time around.
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:23 PM
gldbmr gldbmr is offline
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discovered previous owner had stripped the allen nut

Thanks for the quick reply. I was glad to see the previous owner had left the strip but, not so happy to see why he did not complete the job. The allen screw on the shifter handle was stripped. The cover part was easy with your instructions. Thanks. There were also a couple of screws under the gear indicator that I also removed. I cut and removed the old strip that was all balled up so at least the shifter is not binding. Any ideas on how to proceed to get the shifter handle off, with out messing it up? I see that they are expensive to replace.
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:55 PM
SharkmanBMW SharkmanBMW is offline
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lots of details and pics to be seen here...
http://www.bimmer.info/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=10

search archives for your info...
try this...
http://www.bimmer.info/forum/showthr...hlight=shifter
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:16 AM
imnprsd imnprsd is offline
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Did you get the shifter handle off?

I think it's a torx screw, but an allen wrench will work. If it's stripped, WD-40 it and wait a day.... Then use the right wrench (torx or allen, I can't remember) to work the screw out. If that does not work, drill a small hole in the screw, and use a reverse bit if you can find one. If you can't find one, use the next larger size bit -- only put the drill in reverse to back out the screw. The idea is to go slow, and let the larger bit "bite" so you can reverse the thread. Do this only as a last resort. If it doesn't work you will have a potential bigger problem.
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