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Hazard & Headlight Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hazard & Headlight Switch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, small flathead screwdriver, T10 Torx screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Headlight switch, headlight switch bezel, hazard / door lock switch

Hot Tip:

Pry gently when removing switches so as to not mar the interior finish

Performance Gain:

Proper light function

Complementary Modification:

Clean spills from center console area

The Light Module (LM) underneath the dashboard controls exterior lights and exterior light functions. Some of the exterior light functions include:

  • Exterior bulb monitoring
  • Automatic headlight activation triggered by input from the light and rain sensors (RLS)
  • Optional adaptive headlights, which follow the curvature of the road

In addition, LM keeps a redundant copy of vehicle data. This includes make and model of the vehicle plus current odometer and maintenance / service information. The same data is stored in the instrument cluster and the CAS modules.

The headlight switch and the hazard light are located on the dashboard. Trim pieces in the BMW E60, including the dashboard and switches, are made of hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws may be used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

The headlight switch is located on the left side of the steering wheel. An indicator of a problem with the headlight switch would be non-functioning headlights with an illuminated instrument panel. You may also have a chime warning sound. The sound is similar to when you leave your headlights on when exiting the vehicle. The headlight switch can be separated from the bezel or replaced as one unit. The parts are available as a unit or separately. 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.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch:
Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: The hazard / door lock switch is located in the center of the dashboard, between the climate vents (red arrow).
Figure 1

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: The hazard / door lock switch is located in the center of the dashboard, between the climate vents (red arrow).

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the switch.
Figure 2

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently lever out the switch. Lever at the top and bottom of the switch. Be gentle when prying. Do not scratch the dashboard finish.

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: Next, pull the switch far enough out of the dashboard to access the electrical connector.
Figure 3

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: Next, pull the switch far enough out of the dashboard to access the electrical connector. Pull the top, then the bottom until the spring clips (red arrow) clear the dashboard. There are two spring clips, one at the top and one at the bottom.

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the switch.
Figure 4

Hazard Light / Door Lock Switch: Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the switch. Remove the switch from the dashboard. To install a new switch, connect the electrical connector. Then check the function of the hazard lights and door locks via the switch. Then, press into the switch into the dashboard until it is fully seated.

Headlight Switch:
Headlight Switch: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the headlight switch with the trim prying tool.
Figure 5

Headlight Switch: Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the headlight switch with the trim prying tool. Start at the outside (red arrow) and work your way toward the steering wheel.

Headlight Switch: With the trim piece pulled away from the dashboard, disconnect the electrical connector by pressing the release tab and unlocking the connector (inset).
Figure 6

Headlight Switch: With the trim piece pulled away from the dashboard, disconnect the electrical connector by pressing the release tab and unlocking the connector (inset). When removing the switch, the trim panel clips (red arrows) may stay attached to the dashboard. If this happens, remove the clips and transfer them to the switch trim before reinstalling.

Headlight Switch: Separate the headlight switch from the trim piece by removing the four T10 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 7

Headlight Switch: Separate the headlight switch from the trim piece by removing the four T10 Torx screws (red arrows).

Headlight Switch: Lift the headlight switch from the trim piece to separate it.
Figure 8

Headlight Switch: Lift the headlight switch from the trim piece to separate it. Transfer the trim to the new switch and tighten the screws. Then reverse the remaining steps to install the new switch.


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Comments and Suggestions:
joe Comments: My hazard button and door lock buttom are working?
April 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Replace it. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Toni Comments: After they replaced my 4 tires, the hazard light switch seem to be lit at all times when the car is on. It was not light this before. Any relation with this and the tires change.
March 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not that I can think of. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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