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BMW Dashboard Switch Hazard Headlight Replacement
 

Pelican Technical Article:

BMW Dashboard Switch Hazard Headlight Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Paper clip, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i Sedan (2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2006)
BMW 328i Coupe/Conv (2007-09)
BMW 328i Sedan/Wagon (2007-09)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335i Coupe/Conv (2007-09)
BMW 335i Sedan (2007-09)

Parts Required:

Hazard/door lock switch

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Proper light function

Complementary Modification:

Clean spills from center console area

There are a few switches located in the dashboard that may need service. The headlight switch is located on the left side of the steering wheel. An indicator of a problem with the headlight switch would be inoperable headlights with an illuminated instrument panel, you may also have a chime warning sound. The sound similar to when you leave you headlights on when exiting the vehicle. The start stop switch is located on the right side of the steering wheel. This button is responsible for sending a signal to the car access system (CAS) module when starting or turning off the engine. It is connected to the CAS via a ribbon cable. The hazard light and door lock switch are integrated into one unit. It is located in the center dashboard and can be changed without removing any trim panels.

Hazard Light and Door Lock Switch
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out switch, lever at top and bottom of switch.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out switch, lever at top and bottom of switch.

Next, pull switch far enough out of dashboard to access electrical connector.
Figure 2

Next, pull switch far enough out of dashboard to access electrical connector.

Disconnect electrical connector by pulling straight out of switch.
Figure 3

Disconnect electrical connector by pulling straight out of switch. Remove switch from dashboard. To install new switch, reverse steps.

Start Stop Switch:  Remove hazard switch. See Hazard Warning Switch removing, located in this tech article.
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out dashboard trim.
Figure 4

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out dashboard trim. Start at passenger side and slowly work your way down toward steering wheel.

Next, with trim removed, disconnect Start Stop Switch electrical connector by squeezing release tabs (green arrows) and pulling off.
Figure 5

Next, with trim removed, disconnect Start Stop Switch electrical connector by squeezing release tabs (green arrows) and pulling off.

Remove Start Stop switch from trim piece by unlocking locking tabs and sliding out of trim.
Figure 6

Remove Start Stop switch from trim piece by unlocking locking tabs and sliding out of trim. To install new switch, reverse steps. Guide wiring for hazard switch through dashboard trim piece while installing.

Headlight Switch:
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out dashboard trim piece with vent.
Figure 7

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out dashboard trim piece with vent.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out headlight switch with trim.
Figure 8

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out headlight switch with trim.

With trim piece pulled away from dashboard, disconnect electrical connector by pressing release tab and unlocking connector.
Figure 9

With trim piece pulled away from dashboard, disconnect electrical connector by pressing release tab and unlocking connector.

Separate headlight switch from trim piece by pressing locking tabs to release.
Figure 10

Separate headlight switch from trim piece by pressing locking tabs to release. To install new switch, reverse steps.

Comments and Suggestions:
BimmerDriver Comments: Thank you! I was able to replace the center air distributors with your help. We decided against unplugging the battery to avoid issues with the radio. We didn't have any problems & successfully replaced the vent in ~20 minutes
November 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BimmerDriver Comments: Do you need to unplug the battery before replacing any of these switches?
November 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's not necessary, but not a bad idea to do so. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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