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Old 10-26-2013, 03:45 PM
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OK - What's The Secret? - To Removing OverHead Console

I went to hard wire my radar detector today and I could not remove the overhead console.

I released the front and rear attachment points but there are apparently two more points, each adjacent to a reading light, that would not release. I applied about as much force as I felt prudent but they still would not release. There was also not sufficient space between the plastic trim plate and overhead liner to see in to see where a latch might need some help.

I am usually very good at this type of thing but this kicked my butt. Any good advice would be appreciated.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:16 AM
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search for "v1 installation" on this board and there are pics. There are two tabs alng the sides that must be pressed in to release. Small screwdriver is the tool. Do not disconnect any cables or you'll need a trip to the bmw shop to reset the.

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Old 10-27-2013, 03:18 PM
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There isn't a "rear attachment point". That thing is clipped in the front and the sides, and pulls down and to the back from the front (closest windshield). The back is just the plastic frame parts holding on to the headliner (dont try pulling down from the back, it will result in disappointment)

1) Make sure you aren't grabbing hold of the flimsy facade, and that your tool is grabbing the main plastic console frame. (when I pulled mine the facade piece popped loose on a couple of areas, but they snapped back in, no problem; it actually helped me get the pry tool in)

2) start from the front and work one corner out by the pry tool. Use either a second pry tool or your fingers (careful it can pinch..hard!). pulling will disengage the second front clip.

3) now it is more or less a matter of muscle...with firm grip on on the console piece, pull down...hard. its surprising how much force it takes, but it will pop loose.

As mentioned above **DO NOT** disconnect or otherwise disturb any wires up there from the console, it really makes the car's computers throw a fit.

Hope that helps!!
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:40 PM
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OK - What's The Secret? - To Removing OverHead Console

I would suggest not doing a hardware at all. If there are some repairs needed on the console and the tech saw something not factory wiring, it would be an good excuse to void the whole module.


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I have tried this several times to put the BMW Led lights in there and have not been able to get that piece off either, so I am eager to try this as well.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:41 AM
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I would suggest not doing a hardware at all. If there are some repairs needed on the console and the tech saw something not factory wiring, it would be an good excuse to void the whole module.


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If you do it right, the console wiring is not touched (and I would recommend NOT touching it). Power is tapped from the wire harness that goes down to the mirror (for the garage door opener), which is a different bundle of wires. Further, it would be on them to prove that tapping a wire caused the issue, which would also be difficult.

The only wire to tap should be the green/brown wire leading to the mirror. No others -at all- or you're asking for trouble
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