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Old 04-25-2011, 01:48 PM
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Any tips on taking apart the steering column covers?

I have a buzzing noise coming from there freeway driving on concrete pavement, and wanted to remove them and see about installing some foam tape or padding to stop the vibration.

Any tips? I removed the screws, then just pry them apart? I don't want to break anything...
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That's pretty much it. Undo the screw on the top & bottom, then separate the two "clam shells". I can't remember but you may have to deal with the accordian thingy on the top clamshell where it attaches to the instrument cluster...if you do...it's only a few clips that holds it to the cluster.

(screw on top clam shell)


(screw on bottom clam shell)
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:25 PM
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And move the steering column out and down for more access.
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Whatever you do, do not try to replace the upper gaiter (boot), whose molded in fasteners break off. You have to remove the entire dash, a-pillar covers, instrument pod and radio to get to the right hand nylon screw. A one dollar screw and a $50. part but it is a minimum of four hours by the dealer and six hours for you and I. The added benefit was that the pixels returned, after being gone for four years......
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i get a rubbing/buzzing noise from the steering column when i rotate the wheel a couple of turns.it makes the noise during the wheel returning back to center position.it bothered me at first, but i learned to tune it out.
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Just for the record, there are a ton of steering wheel retrofit and sensor repair DIYs listed in the bestlinks thread. One of those should explain how to take apart the steering-column covers if you still need it.
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As always, thanks guys!!
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Just for the record, there are a ton of steering wheel retrofit and sensor repair DIYs listed in the bestlinks thread. One of those should explain how to take apart the steering-column covers if you still need it.
Thanks Bluebee, you are right, and this link was a big help:
http://bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Steer...eringwheel.htm

Close to the wheel, the top cover has tabs that need to be pressed inward, to release the lower cover. The covers do not come completely off, but that was enough opening, to allow me to generously spray silicone lubricant spray on all the wire bundles, fittings and parts that potentially touch each other, that was creating the buzzing sound I heard while driving on concrete pavement at freeway speeds....been driving me nuts the past couple years. Will report back in a few days if this got it or not...I am hopeful.
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Whatever you do, do not try to replace the upper gaiter (boot), whose molded in fasteners break off. You have to remove the entire dash, a-pillar covers, instrument pod and radio to get to the right hand nylon screw. A one dollar screw and a $50. part but it is a minimum of four hours by the dealer and six hours for you and I. The added benefit was that the pixels returned, after being gone for four years......
You can fix that with zip ties***128077;***127995;
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