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The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-16-2004, 11:03 AM
drkongt drkongt is offline
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How to remove plastic bracket holding Final Stage Unit?

My E39 525i 2000model heater/blower suddenly stopped altogether 2 weeks ago. After a few hours, it suddenly came back and worked okay again. Just happened again, except it didn't come back.

From your forums, I gather the cause of this is the final stage unit. Although I was able to identify, loosen and unplug the final stage unit, I could not remove it completely. This is because there is an L-shaped plastic bracket holding it in place (with the short end of the L blocking the exit). My car is that of a right-hand drive model.

I don't see this problem being posted, and I am wondering if I am the only one with this problem.

P.S. Having unplugged and replugged the final stage unit, the blower seems to be workign again, although I suspect, not for long.

I would appreciate any insights into this.

If I am not making sense, I will post a digital photo.

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Old 08-24-2006, 02:54 AM
quicksilver28 quicksilver28 is offline
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I have the same problem with my 2000 535i, it sounds like it is the fsr thats the problem and am going to have a go at replacing it myself. One of the forum posts gives full instructions and an informative series of pictures.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:16 AM
Dnormand Dnormand is offline
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2001 525i Final Stage Resistor Removal

Thanks for the help with instructions on removing the final stage resistor. After removing the plug I was able to remove the resistor by laying on my back, bear with here, and using my left hand holding down the clip while using my right hand to pull out the resistor. Hope this helps.
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