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Old 10-30-2013, 11:24 AM
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How to remove wood paneling around radio

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1995 740I I am trying to get the radio out but I think I have to remove the wood trim to do so. There are no clips on side of radio that would expose any screws. There is one slot under the trim that has one screw which I loosened. Trim still doesnt release and scared to pry too hard or may crack.
Any suggestions? I have looked for hours throught the forums with no luck.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:10 PM
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Most likely with clips. Pry slowly and gingerly. There is no way there are screws that come in from behind. Unless the whole dash has to be removed to replace this trim.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:01 PM
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I think maybe this is what your looking for.

http://www.meeknet.co.uk/e38/E38_4-3...or_Removal.pdf

Hope this helps...
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:18 PM
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How to remove wood paneling around radio

I have a '98 750ILP and I want to take out my radio to either fix it or replace it. Once your done with your project post some notes on here. I am too scared to rush head first into the project because it will get pricey too quickly.

Are you replacing your radio? Did you need custom work done to make a new one fit?


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Old 10-31-2013, 11:34 PM
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Re: How to remove wood paneling around radio

That has screws on the sides behind the wood so to say.

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Old 11-01-2013, 03:22 AM
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I guess some don't know about www.e38.org (DIYs for the e38 that's been around for over a decade).

BTW, without pics you could have gotten wrong suggestions...because the radio is located in the TRUNK for those that have the OnBoard monitor.

If you have this

...or this...

...then your radio is located in the trunk....
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:33 AM
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The link to meeknet is the way to go. You found the one screw along the bottom - the other 2 are either side near the top, but you do have to remove trim to reach these. The widescreen doesn't have these screws, so is much easier with just a clip on surround
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:18 AM
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I want to thank everyone for the replies. I have not had a chance to try the suggestions yet but I will post once I give it another try.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:37 PM
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OK All the info supplied to me is 100 percent. I now have the radio/monitor out of the dash.
There are weird plugs attachind the connectors to the unit. Does anyone know how to remove the black clips that hold the connectors in place?.
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the black clips that hold the connectors in place. Can you snap a pic of it by any chance and post.

If its what i think your speaking of, there might be a handle that needs to be pulled upward. but my memory is foggy...
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:59 PM
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Here it is.
Also, any posts where it helps t/shoot the display and radio?
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Re: How to remove wood paneling around radio

Lift a little black candles and I'll come off

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Re: How to remove wood paneling around radio

Black handles they hold the connectors

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Old 11-08-2013, 04:17 PM
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hey sorry was using voice to text.

Those black handles, you need to push them backward from their position, it will release the connector. That should do the trick for you
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:36 PM
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Thanks. That is exactly how they remove. Now have the unit out.
Now, how do I troubleshoot?
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:39 PM
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what is the problem you are trying to solve i guess. I dont remember reading what the issue actually is. All you had posted was asking how to get it out.

So now time to give us what the actual reason for removing the head unit, thats what ill call it..

Im sorry if i missed a post as to the reason you were pulling it out..

what are the display and radio doing that made you pull it out or not doing should i say?
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:43 PM
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You guys are most helpful.
OK Here it is.
Radio: I only get one station which happens to be the one that is the most powerful. This tells me the radio works BUT why only one station? Maybe antenna? If so, where is it? Also I assume the radio is in the trunk behind the CD changer but not sure how to access it?

Second: The video display does not come on so cant see the information display. Cant find any fuses blown anywhere. Any ideas.

I would like to get the radio working first and then look at the video display next.

Any ideas/threads?
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:33 AM
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The antenna is provided by the rear screen heating element. I guess you have navigation and/or TV since you have a monitor. Defective nav is the usual cause of non-display. The monitor very rarely fails. The radio module is indeed in the boot (trunk), but not behind the CD changer - that's the DSP. The radio module is to the left of the dsp right at the very side of the wing (fender). As you have reception. tho', I should investigate the nav first...
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:09 AM
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I will look for the radio in trunk.
What is DSP?
I dont know if monitor is for Nav or TV. I think it is just a display for radio stations, clock etc.
If it is notdead then should I not at least get a screen?
I am trying to find out how this all ties together eg: radio to monitor to CD player to antenna to tape deck etc> Any help?
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:58 AM
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DSP = Digital Sound Processor. If you have this, it will show as an option on the monitor.

If you don't have either TV, or Nav, then there would be no need for a monitor, and you would have no screen and the basic MID unit

The Nav unit controls the monitor display. So, if you have TV and Nav, and disconnect the Nav, then the TV module takes over with a an old fashion blue screen display. Re-connect the nav, and it takes over-this provides a way of testing if the nav is faulty...Forget the screen, failures are very rare, check the nav.

The TV module does however control the aspect, so any upgrade from 4:3 to 16:9 also needs the TV module upgrade to widescreen to get the best display.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:32 AM
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Thanks .
I finally got the 6 unit CD player working with sound. Then when I put the radio/cassette module back in the power lite on the radio went off. Now wont come back on. Now dont even get the static sound or the CD sound. Checked every fuse with no luck.
Took unit out again and couldnt find any problem. Is there something else I should liik for?

Also, where is the navigation unit mentioned in the last response?
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:08 PM
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Are you saying that you had the monitor out with both connectors in place and the CD player worked? And then you re-fitted it and nothing works? In that case it suggests a wiring problem, perhaps near one of the connectors. Are the connectors properly in place with their latches locked?

The nav, if present, is immediately above the CD player, and is an option on the monitor
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:44 PM
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I have checked all the wiring and plugs 3 times. When the light for power went out, I took the unit out and noticed one of the wires going to cassete/radio controls had some bare wire exposed which "could have" shorted out. Dont know for sure. I taped it up.
Initially radio and CD unit in trunk was working when I hooked it up. It is when I pushed the dash unit back in that the light went out after a few seconds. I would think that if it shorted out it would blow a fuse.
You say the nav unit (if instaled) would be above the CD player in the trunk? I just bought this car recently and it has the monitor but I dont know what option it was for. TV or Nav? How would I know as monitor doesnt come on
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:05 AM
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Bare wires behind the monitor is pretty unusual. Either its been messed about with, or been chafing on something. The fact that things worked prior to refitting has to be the clue. Check that all individual wires are secure in their sockets, also that none of the pins in the sockets are bent/broken/missing. Make a note of the wire colour(s) that was bare.
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