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Old 02-21-2014, 03:19 PM
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Vent knob/handle thing

The little piece that you use to adjust the middle air vents broke off. I tried to find the part on realoem.com but couldn't. Anyone know a part number for it?
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keep looking it could be in another section,
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You may need the entire vent piece.
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Thanks! Missed that one. The big question is how hard it would be to install.

Kind of bummed though, such a simple thing. I could try a junk yard but I doubt I could get an old one off without breaking it.
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You will need to replace the whole assembly; BMW does not sell individual piece parts.
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Thanks! Missed that one. The big question is how hard it would be to install.

Kind of bummed though, such a simple thing. I could try a junk yard but I doubt I could get an old one off without breaking it.
It's not that bad, the center section is held with friction type inserts. You can remove the section from the passenger side, and slowly pull straight out. You'll have to unclip the start button and the connectors for the Cold/Hot and Emergency signal units. There are just 4 clips holding the actual duct to the decorative plate.
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:45 AM
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Thanks! Missed that one. The big question is how hard it would be to install.

Kind of bummed though, such a simple thing. I could try a junk yard but I doubt I could get an old one off without breaking it.
here you go
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Might be able to find a donor car at a salvage yard though sometimes used parts are more $$"s than new from dealer with a BMWCCA or forum discount.
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Might be able to find a donor car at a salvage yard though sometimes used parts are more $$"s than new from dealer with a BMWCCA or forum discount.
and sometimes you purchased a used part thats worn out and ready to break too

You purchased a BMW now treat it right and purchase NEW parts

you will waste more time and money searching for a used part than if you just buy a new one
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Thanks everyone, very helpful. A little more research and apparently this problem is not uncommon. I'm surprised everything is attached to the trim. Should I buy a trim removal tool (whatever that is) or will a plastic paint scraper or something like that work well?

At least the cost is only a 2-digit figure, unlike most BMW things!
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Thanks everyone, very helpful. A little more research and apparently this problem is not uncommon. I'm surprised everything is attached to the trim. Should I buy a trim removal tool (whatever that is) or will a plastic paint scraper or something like that work well?

At least the cost is only a 2-digit figure, unlike most BMW things!
Fewer rattles when everything is attached to something else.
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Fewer rattles when everything is attached to something else.
Thanks, didn't think about that.
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I haven't worried about this yet; just adjusted the vent to where I want it and left it there. I'm a little worried about bending the trim, but will get a trim removal tool to help.

But I pulled the other piece out and it's pretty lame, but a little superglue would make it better than new. If only I were a better surgeon ...
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