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BMW E39 Center Dash Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E39 Center Dash Panel Removal

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$150

Talent:

***

Tools:

Plastic pry tool, Phillips screwdriver,

Applicable Models:

BMW E39 5-Series (1997-03)

Parts Required:

Upper Dash Panel, left and right lower dash panels, blower motor

Hot Tip:

You can also use this procedure to get at components mounted in the dashboard.

Performance Gain:

You can remove the MID unit, Tape Deck and Radio

Complementary Modification:

You can now replace damaged upper and lower dash pads.

If you want more access to the multi information display (MID) unit and the tape deck / radio you may want to remove the center dash panel. You can also gain access to some of the HVAC components mounted in the dash. The fuse panel will also be more accessible in case you want to check for wiring problems and damaged connectors. It is also one of the steps to remove the upper dash cover that will expose more components mounted in the dash panel.

In order to remove the center dash panel you will need to remove the glove box first. Refer to our tech article Glove Box Removal and then follow this procedure.

Using a plastic pry tool lever off the wood trim panel mounted in the center of the dash.
Figure 1

Using a plastic pry tool lever off the wood trim panel mounted in the center of the dash. Start at one end and work your way across. You may need to purchase some plastic grommets in case the old ones break.

There are four Phillips head screws (green arrows) that need to be removed hidden behind the wood trim.
Figure 2

There are four Phillips head screws (green arrows) that need to be removed hidden behind the wood trim.

With the glove box removed there are three Phillips screws (green arrows) that need to be removed in the upper part of the glove box area.
Figure 3

With the glove box removed there are three Phillips screws (green arrows) that need to be removed in the upper part of the glove box area.

There is a Phillips tip screw that is mounted under a rubber cover in the side panel of the dash.
Figure 4

There is a Phillips tip screw that is mounted under a rubber cover in the side panel of the dash. Pop off the rubber cap with a pick to access the screw and remove it.

Working under the dash towards the outside corner remove the Phillips head screw on the bottom edge.
Figure 5

Working under the dash towards the outside corner remove the Phillips head screw on the bottom edge.

Remove the Phillips screw on the left side of the tape deck.
Figure 6

Remove the Phillips screw on the left side of the tape deck.

Underneath the carpeted panels on each side of the center console there are two Phillips screws that need to be removed.
Figure 7

Underneath the carpeted panels on each side of the center console there are two Phillips screws that need to be removed. Pictured here is the left side. The right side is in approximately the same position. Remove the screws on both sides.

The MID unit should be removed next.
Figure 8

The MID unit should be removed next. Remove the volume knob and place a 2mm Allen key in the slot at the 6 o'clock position. Twist it about 90 degrees counterclockwise to unlock the MID panel.

Pull the MID unit out of the dash but donÂ't pull it out all of the way.
Figure 9

Pull the MID unit out of the dash but donÂÂ't pull it out all of the way. There is an electrical connector that needs to be unplugged first before you can remove the unit.

With a pick push on the center tab.
Figure 10

With a pick push on the center tab. While you are doing that grab the lever and slide if over the tab in the direction of the blue arrow. The connector will be levered out and you can unplug it.

Grab both the left and right sides of the center dash panel and pull it straight toward the back of the car.
Figure 11

Grab both the left and right sides of the center dash panel and pull it straight toward the back of the car. The tape deck will still be attached to center dash panel and will still have electrical plugs to be removed. Once the panel is pulled away from the dash, disconnect the tape deck electrical connectors, then remove dash panel from vehicle. Once removed, store the panel in a safe place to avoid damaging the finish. Installing is the reverse of the removal procedure. Be careful to route wiring as you found them so they to do not come in contact with metal panels or screws during installation. This will create a short circuit and start blowing fuses. You may have to position the panel several times to align the screw holes with the brackets they thread into. Do not tighten any screw until you have all of the screws at least started in their mounting hole. This will make it easier to align the lower dash panel.

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