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iDrive Display Replacement
 
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iDrive Display Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, T10 Torx driver,

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)
BMW M5 Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

iDrive display

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to scratch display. Clean display plastic before reinstalling.

Performance Gain:

Working iDrive display

Complementary Modification:

Replace radio

BMW E60 models have a screen mounted in the center of the instrument panel that displays the functions and information from the iDrive system. The iDrive system is controlled via a knob mounted to the center console. Using the iDrive system, you can access many features of your BMW. For example the screen can display some diagnostics tasks such and tire pressure monitoring status, display maintenance items and navigation maps. All depending on your vehicle year and options. See your owner's manual for specific information related to the iDrive screen in your vehicle.

The most common issue with the iDrive screen is the brightness drops or the screen shuts down during use. Both of these issues can be remedied by replacing the screen. Keep in mind, other control modules can also cause the screen not to work. Usually if everything works except for the screen, (radio, sounds, etc) the screen is faulty. Is nothing in the communication system (radio, navigation, screen) works, a module or other component may be at fault. The CCC (Car Communications Computer) and CIC (Car Information Computer) has been known to be a common issue. In the case you suspect it is your issue, a BMW scan tool is needed to complete the diagnosis.

Most electrical components on BMW E60 models require programming using an advanced BMW scan tool when replacing. With that said, don't feel you can't replace these items yourself. You also have the option of swapping out used items, which will at times work with programming. I don't have experience with this method, due to my access to a BMW scan tool, but it is something to consider. I have been told that programming of used items isn't always required, so this may be an option, but I cannot vouch for it. Caveat emptor.

If you have a stuck CD or DVD in the drive due to a failed iDrive unit or related component, use the following steps to remove it:

  1. Turn the ignition ON.
  2. Press the rotary knob along with both drive eject buttons simultaneously.
  3. Release the buttons. This will initiate a CCC reset.
  4. Once the CCC starts to reset, press the eject buttons repeatedly to eject the discs.
  5. If necessary, try this procedure several times.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. 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.

Working at the top of the iDrive display, remove the two T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 1

Working at the top of the iDrive display, remove the two T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

It is a tight fit.
Figure 2

It is a tight fit. I like to use a 1/4-inch bit driver with a T10 Torx bit. This fits well and makes quick work of removing the fasteners.

Once the fasteners are removed, pull the top of the iDrive display out of the dashboard.
Figure 3

Once the fasteners are removed, pull the top of the iDrive display out of the dashboard. If needed, gently lever it out using a plastic prying tool. Once the top is free, lift the bottom of the display out from the mounts and remove it far enough to access the electrical connectors.

Next, press the small button and rotate the connector lock 90° to disconnect the connector (red arrow).
Figure 4

Next, press the small button and rotate the connector lock 90 degrees to disconnect the connector (red arrow). Then pull the wiring harness out of the mounts (blue arrows).

Pull the left side electrical connector (red arrow) straight out of the display.
Figure 5

Pull the left side electrical connector (red arrow) straight out of the display. If needed, gently lever it out using a small flathead screwdriver. Note the part number on your display, if you are attempting to replace it with a used part (blue arrow). Install the replacement display into the dashboard in the reverse order of removal. Check the operation of the display and clear any fault codes you may have set.

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January 21, 2016
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