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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-30-2007, 01:44 AM
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window switch problem

Is there a way to free up the window switch? my driver side switch is getting really hard to push down, it has lost its "double click auto roll down" type feature now i have push really hard just to get it down at all.

can i just take off the boot for the shifter and take out the switch and try and clean it up? or should i just buy a new switch from pelican?

Also... my glove box was saggy. come to find out it was just the freaking pannel that was covering the glove box (thank you girlfriend... as she pulls the whole damn thing off)

anyway, im riding around now with a big black glove compartment with a bunch of nasty cheep yellow glue where the glove box cover used to be, in a tan leather interior mind you. what is the best way to fix this? should i just go buy some gorilla glue and just slap it back on there? Or not bother with glue at all and just screw it back on and paint the tops of the screws tan to match the interior.

once again, thanks for any advice
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:50 AM
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Once a switch ages its usually better to just replace it as you have to go to the trouble of pulling it out anyways and also to really clean any kind of switch requires taking it apart and plastic get brittle pretty easy and breaks even easier. Id replace the switch.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:53 AM
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its not that hard to pull out, I am now an expert on taking out that freaking boot. It took me SO long to change to my short shifter, but long story short I am quite familier with that area of my 328 now.

Also the switch is also only $12. I think ill just take it out try and clean it. If i break it... i break it, only $12 down the drain.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:58 AM
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Just no switch till the new one comes in and as you pointed out its only $12

But I can see the logic of trying to clean it. All of them are the same so just get the switch and put it up, you will need it one day and then you can clean the one you have with no time delay on having the switch being missing if it does break
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This may help - http://www.understeer.com/glovebox.shtml

I would take the switch out and see what you can do buddy...hardly expensive to replace if you break it
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:01 AM
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my thoughts exactly.
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ROFL @ your g/f breaking off the panel. I can completely see that happening to me.

Sorry that happened though. I would just get some good glue. Banish any thought of screwing it in. Now. Lol.

And I'm with BumBM - err, Crowz - on just replacing the window switch.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:03 AM
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This may help - http://www.understeer.com/glovebox.shtml

I would take the switch out and see what you can do buddy...hardly expensive to replace if you break it
ah... well that will fix the saggy glovebox. It is a little saggy still, so that will take care of that. However i was talking about the cover for the part that actually comes down, that whole part is freaking gone. (thanks to the gf. )
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OOOHHHHH, sorry mate

You will have to remove the glovebox and re-attach the bit of card/material

Mine did that too
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:14 AM
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OOOHHHHH, sorry mate

You will have to remove the glovebox and re-attach the bit of card/material

Mine did that too
ahhhhh in otherwords... a lot more work than i was originally thinking about doing this weekend. Doh.
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Ok, so I just decided to ghetto style my glove box cover. Its already in kinda iffy shape... so i just screwed it back onto the glove box. It does kinda look a bit sketchy, but i dont really care. Its on their, and it works. Fair enough
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Is there a way to free up the window switch? my driver side switch is getting really hard to push down, it has lost its "double click auto roll down" type feature now i have push really hard just to get it down at all.

can i just take off the boot for the shifter and take out the switch and try and clean it up? or should i just buy a new switch from pelican?

Also... my glove box was saggy. come to find out it was just the freaking pannel that was covering the glove box (thank you girlfriend... as she pulls the whole damn thing off)

anyway, im riding around now with a big black glove compartment with a bunch of nasty cheep yellow glue where the glove box cover used to be, in a tan leather interior mind you. what is the best way to fix this? should i just go buy some gorilla glue and just slap it back on there? Or not bother with glue at all and just screw it back on and paint the tops of the screws tan to match the interior.

once again, thanks for any advice


I would get a new window switch..

and a new girlfriend
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:49 PM
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haha, new switch I can do...

new girlfriend... eh if it wasnt already on the verge of falling off I would have been more upset. I think I can forgive her this time.
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new girlfriend... eh if it wasnt already on the verge of falling off I would have been more upset. I think I can forgive her this time.


Get your priorities straight, man. The girl can be trained. The car takes money and time and effort to repair. (Oh, wait, so does the girl.... )

Train the girl. If she doesn't learn, get rid of her, the lady comes first! And if you think I'm referring to the girlfriend when I say lady, you're wrong.




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u dont need to take the boot off to get the switch out just lift it up from where it is replace then push back in.

p.s. if u were in uk i would have sent u a switch free of charge as i have a few lying around
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u dont need to take the boot off to get the switch out just lift it up from where it is replace then push back in.

p.s. if u were in uk i would have sent u a switch free of charge as i have a few lying around
dang. thats nice of you. however shipping form the uk is no picnic.

your right though, i suspect you can get to the switch without actually taking the boot up. I know when i switched out the shifter that it was easy access and its not like its hard at all to take the boot up. So i figure I might just do that to make it easy on myself
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