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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:16 PM
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upshift paddle doesn't always work

I seem to have an intermittent problem with the right paddle. Sometimes it doesn't upshift and I have to use the "gear stick".
Any ideas?

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:00 AM
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Probably the switch. The paddle activates a switch under it.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:08 AM
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Terry..
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It looks like the steering wheel would have to be pulled to replace that switch.
Doesn't look like a DIY job. Right?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:28 AM
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No idea, I never looked that closely.

Here is the parts diagram from RealOEM.com

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...88&hg=32&fg=35

It looks like maybe you can change the switches without removing the wheel.
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