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Old 04-06-2013, 08:45 AM
rlsa rlsa is offline
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Switch for opening window on backtail BMW E91 not working

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Anybody out there ever tried to dismount the switch on the tailgate?
I have been trying to dismount the panel on the tailgate, but it seems that I need to open the window to be able to do this. But now I have access to the motor for the windshield wiper. I am trying to loose it from the window, so that I can dismount the switch on the window.
But it is not easy, becuse of the panel!

Anybody have any tips for me before I rip off the panel :P

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:08 AM
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This is the switch I am talking about...
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:39 AM
paralichko paralichko is offline
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Hi,
did You replace it ? I have the same problem, and i am stuck. I can not remove the old switch from the window ? Do You know how it is removed. I have searched the TIS without success.


BR
Gaby
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:28 PM
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E91 tailgate window switch remove & replace

I replaced that exact part on my E91 about 2 weeks ago.

First photo, pop off the 2 round plastic covers that conceal the nuts that hold on the large cover and remove the 2 nuts and the cover. There is 1 additional nut that then holds on the backing plate. loosen and remove all three. Disconnect the wire switch connector.

Second Photo: lift the wiper arm away from the window to take the pressure off the wiper arm, and lift the plastic covering of the wiper arm cover that conceals 2 nuts on the shaft. Remove the first one (the silver one), and using a large flat screwdriver, position it under the arm where it sits on the shaft and pry the wiper arm off the shaft from under the arm. (There's probably a special tool, kinda like a "pickle fork" that's used to remove tie rod ends (but smaller) to remove the wiper arm, but I don't have one.) Then remove the larger nut that holds the switch tight against the window (the large black nut) don't loose the skinny washer that goes under the large nut.

Once you get all these removed, you can easily remove the switch & wire. The new switch includes the wire & connector, and a gasket to place between the glass and the new switch.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:52 AM
paralichko paralichko is offline
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I already tried it. I removed the wiper arm and the shaft ( the bug nut ), and the switch looks like glued to the window. When i get the new switch i will try with force..., may be i'll change the window too :-)
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:21 AM
stevep0000 stevep0000 is offline
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Did you manage to remove the "stuck" switch and replace it ?

If so, how ?
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:57 AM
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No - but i programmed the window to be opened by keyfob.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:46 AM
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Having a new switch, I decided to remove the old one the hard way.

Used a Stanley Knife/Box Cutter to shave away the old plastic switch surround to leave just the metal sleeve, which was corroded/stuck to the threaded spindle shaft.

Still couldn't remove the spindle from the holding plate, but managed to slide it sideways enough to get at the metal sleeve with a broken junior hacksaw blade,

Had to start "sawing" at an angle until enough room to get the blade perpendicular to the shaft. Once the slot was all the way to the threads, used various sized flat head screwdrivers to open out the metal sleeve.

Once the sleeve came away, fitted new switch, stripped and cleaned spindle, as it was a bit stiff, and then refitted everything. So nice to have the glass opening again !

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