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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 09-22-2016, 09:59 PM
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Glove Box Light Swtich

I notice the other day after my car been sitting for 2 to 3 days it sounded like it had a hard time to start but it started...
found out why the glove box light was always on.....tried to fix it but can'r seem to get the button to retract back out it's like it's missing some sort of spacer or some thing.
what you see in the pics is all the parts...
Glad i found the problem rather then trying to trouble shoot all the wires to find the problem.
So are all the parts there for the glove box light switch..








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Old 09-23-2016, 05:00 AM
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I had a similar problem with that glove box switch. It looks pretty simple and like you it seems its missing parts. BMW wants $35 or there about for that little piece of plastic!!!!!!
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:45 AM
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I would get a replacement from a parting-out thread. For example:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=898276
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:16 AM
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Failing getting a used one, you can fix that one. What's missing is the brass washer that goes on TOP of the spring (toward the black push-button end). It makes contact with the "finger" that completes the circuit when the button is released when the door is open. I had the same switch fly apart, and lost the same piece. I made a new one from a brass washer from the hardware store.

I never remember to do a DIY photo essay on these projects! I get "in the moment" while doing the repair, and only think about sharing the fix after the part is back in place.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:25 AM
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:45 PM
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Hornhospital saves the day...

Well fix the problem thanks you Hornhospital....
I had a feeling there was something missing after looking at it for a long while and trying to figure out how it worked, the missing washer did the trick..
Don't ask me how it went missing,who ever work on this car before i owned it must have lost it somewhere or forgot to put it back.I did manage to finds some in my Remote Control parts bin.I also used some Die-electric grease to stop the squeaking and to smooth out the compression on the button and it works great..

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