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BMW E39 Steering Wheel Switches Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E39 Steering Wheel Switches Replacement

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

****

Tools:

Phillips head, flat head screwdriver, needle nose pliers, cutting pliers, pick

Applicable Models:

BMW E39 5-Series (1997-03)

Parts Required:

Fasteners, steering column switches, tie wraps (zip ties)

Hot Tip:

It makes it easier if the steering column is removed.

Performance Gain:

You can fix turn signal problems, steering column adjustment problems and wiper switch problems

Complementary Modification:

You can replace broken switches.

Are your turn signals not working? Does your power steering column adjustment not work anymore? Are your windshield wipers not working? These three systems have one thing in common. They have steering column switches. These switches are always being used by the driver and in time can stop working. In this tech article we are going to go over all of the steps required to remove and replace the steering column switch assembly.

It is much easier to remove the steering column switches with the steering wheel removed. Start by following the steps outlined in the steering wheel removal tech article.

Remove the Phillips head fastener that secures the top steering column cover.
Figure 1

Remove the Phillips head fastener that secures the top steering column cover. Lift the cover out of the way. You donÂÂ't have to but you can lever off the flexible cover at the end of the steering column cover and completely remove the column cover.

Pull the metal collar (green arrow) from the steering shaft.
Figure 2

Pull the metal collar (green arrow) from the steering shaft. You donÂÂ't have to do this but there is a chance it may fall off while you are working in the area and if this falls off it will create a problem during reassembly.

Remove the Phillips head screw that secures the bottom of the steering column switch.
Figure 3

Remove the Phillips head screw that secures the bottom of the steering column switch. This fastener screws into an insert that fits into a square hole in the column shaft. After you pull out the screw pull out the insert.

There are two tabs that hold the steering column switch in place at the top.
Figure 4

There are two tabs that hold the steering column switch in place at the top. You can use a flat head screwdriver to lever downward on the switch to pop off the plastic locking tab (green arrow). Here I am twisting the flat head screwdriver that is forcing the steering wheel switch downward. The left side is pictured here.

Lever downward on the right side of the switch to unlock the locking tab (green arrow).
Figure 5

Lever downward on the right side of the switch to unlock the locking tab (green arrow). Here I am twisting the flat head screwdriver that is forcing the steering wheel switch downward. The switch can be slid down slightly to make it easier to work on.

Here we are at the back of the steering column switch on the right side.
Figure 6

Here we are at the back of the steering column switch on the right side. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to squeeze the locking tab of the black electrical connector on the right side of the steering column switch, then move the connector towards the front of the car away from the switch to unplug it.

Here we are at the back of the steering column switch on the left side.
Figure 7

Here we are at the back of the steering column switch on the left side. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to squeeze the locking tab of the white electrical connector on the left side of the steering column switch, then move the connector towards the front of the car away from the switch to unplug it.

Unplug the two connectors from the steering column switch by squeezing each connector and pulling them straight out towards the rear of the car.
Figure 8

Unplug the two connectors from the steering column switch by squeezing each connector and pulling them straight out towards the rear of the car.

The smaller four pin connector may come out of its holder.
Figure 9

The smaller four pin connector may come out of its holder. ThatÂÂ's okay, you just have to remember to put it back during installation.

Working at the top of the switch assembly, cut the plastic tie wraps (zip ties) that hold the wiring harness to the steering column.
Figure 10

Working at the top of the switch assembly, cut the plastic tie wraps (zip ties) that hold the wiring harness to the steering column. Remember how the wiring is routed for installation.

You can now slide the switch assembly downwards or spread it apart (it is a lightly flexible plastic) and remove it from the steering column.
Figure 11

You can now slide the switch assembly downwards or spread it apart (it is a lightly flexible plastic) and remove it from the steering column. One of the small wiring harnesses will still be attached to it.

If you are replacing the switch push down on the locking tab for the slip ring horn wiring with a pick and push the connector away to remove it from the switch.
Figure 12

If you are replacing the switch push down on the locking tab for the slip ring horn wiring with a pick and push the connector away to remove it from the switch.

Thread the wiring harness through the opening to remove the harness.
Figure 13

Thread the wiring harness through the opening to remove the harness. You will need to thread this harness onto the new switch. Installing is reverse of the removal procedure. Remember how to route the horn slip ring contact harness over the steering column and secure this wiring with a tie wrap (zip tie) so it does not get caught by the steering wheel and get damaged while turning. Slide the switch into place from the bottom and make sure the locking tabs lock.

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