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Radio CD Changer Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Radio CD Changer Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

**

Tools:

Phillips & flat-head screwdrivers, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW E46 3-Series (1999-06)

Parts Required:

Radio, radio fuse 10 amp ATO style

Hot Tip:

If installing aftermarket radio, use high quality adapter harnesses.

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty radio

Complementary Modification:

Give car a good wash

In this tech article I will go over how to replace the radio, locate the radio fuses, set the clock and replace the CD changer.

Always check the fuses before condemning your radio; see fuse notes below. The CD changer is located in the trunk on driver side. The E46 CD changer has a few problems--all remedied by replacing the entire unit. Do not re-use CD cartridges from a broken CD changer. Use only the one that came with your new parts. It is quite simple to replace and described at he end of this article.

Before condemning your radio, check the fuses in the front fuse panel.
Figure 1

Before condemning your radio, check the fuses in the front fuse panel. The radio has two fuses there, fuse 7, 5 amp (green arrow) and fuse 41, 30 amp (yellow arrow). Double check your fuse location using the fuse location paper in your fuse panel. There is another fuse at the back of the radio. Be sure to check this one too.

Working at dashboard, using a plastic prying tool lever off right side trim piece (green arrow).
Figure 2

Working at dashboard, using a plastic prying tool lever off right side trim piece (green arrow).

Once clips are disengaged, pull trim piece straight off dashboard.
Figure 3

Once clips are disengaged, pull trim piece straight off dashboard. Once removed, check that orange plastic retainers did not come out of trim piece. If so, remove from trim piece and re-install into dashboard by pushing straight into mounting hole.

Working at dashboard, using a plastic prying tool lever off radio trim piece (green arrow).
Figure 4

Working at dashboard, using a plastic prying tool lever off radio trim piece (green arrow).

Once clips are disengaged, pull trim piece straight off dashboard.
Figure 5

Once clips are disengaged, pull trim piece straight off dashboard. Once removed, check that orange plastic retainers did not come out of trim piece. If so, remove from trim piece and re-install into dashboard by pushing straight into mounting hole.

Working at radio, remove two Phillips-head radio mounting screws (green arrows).
Figure 6

Working at radio, remove two Phillips-head radio mounting screws (green arrows).

Slide radio out of dashboard enough to access electrical connectors.
Figure 7

Slide radio out of dashboard enough to access electrical connectors.

Then press release tab and pull antenna connector off (green arrow).
Figure 8

Then press release tab and pull antenna connector off (green arrow).

Working at back of radio, disconnect electrical connectors.
Figure 9

Working at back of radio, disconnect electrical connectors. Using a flatblade screwdriver or a plastic prying tool, lever up the large black connector to disconnect (green arrow).

With radio removed, check fuse at back of radio (green arrow).
Figure 10

With radio removed, check fuse at back of radio (green arrow). To install radio, reverse instructions. Be sure to properly align dashboard trim when installing. Setting clock Turn key to ON position. Using the small button next to your tachometer, rotate button clockwise to increase time, rotate knob counterclockwise to decrease time. Press the button to toggle between 12 or 24 hour mode. CD Changer The CD changer is mounted in the trunk on the driver side. To replace it, lower trunk trim cover to access CD changer. Then, remove four 10mm mounting fasteners. Slide CD changer out of mounting bracket far enough to access electrical connectors. Then disconnect electrical connectors by pressing release tab and pulling off. Install new CD changer in reverse order of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
SRS gremlin Comments: Bill, there is a fuse that many people pull to get an SRS light to go out that will cause that, the tell tale sign is the cruise control light will always be on. Fuse #10 IIRC.
January 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bill Comments: 2002 BMW M3. I can not set the time on the radio or the guage cluster. The knob next to the tach does nothing when its turn either direction or pushed. Also the button on the end of the blinker arm doesnt make any changes to the read out on the guages. Your thoughts please
July 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be an issue with the cluster. That would be my guess. Especially if both controls do nothing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jwillard28 Comments: 2005 325i
June 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Fuse 41 in the glove box fuse holder is for the CD changer. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jonathan Comments: Is there a specific fuse for the CD Changer that is separate from the two marked "Radio" on the fuse diagram?
June 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What vehicle are you referring to? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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