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Radio and IHKA Panel Replacement
 
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Radio and IHKA Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, radio tool set, wire crimpers, wire strippers, plastic trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Radio, wiring harness adapter, antenna adapter, IHKA panel

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery before removing radio

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty radio

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket radio

Most electrical components on BMW E53 models require programming using an advanced BMW scan tool after replacing the parts. 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 be prepared for this not to be the case. I cannot vouch for your results, since I've never taken this approach.

The IHKA or climate control panel is located in the center dashboard. This is the control for your heating and ventilation system. The most common portion of this control to fail is the blower motor control. However, the rest of the functions also fail over time. I have seen it also direct air to the incorrect vents and default to just the defroster when faulty.

The radio is located in the center of the dashboard. There are a few different radio options that came in BMW E53 models. Try to identify yourself with your options before purchasing replacement parts. For example, my subject vehicle could have: Radio with Stereo, Radio with HIFI and Radio with TOP HIFI. You can swap your radio out if you have a problem using the instructions below. Always check the fuses before condemning your radio. If you want to install an aftermarket radio, use these instructions to remove your radio. Then install a wiring harness adapter to the factory connector and install the aftermarket radio. I suggest always using a wiring harness adapter and avoid cutting any wires on the factory harness. This way if you want to reinstall the factory radio, it will plug in and work as it did when new. Always check the radio fuse before replacing the radio, including the fuse at the back of the radio. See step 12 for the fuse location.

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 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.

The radio (red arrow) is made of up two serviceable parts, the tuner and the CD player.
Figure 1

The radio (red arrow) is made of up two serviceable parts, the tuner and the CD player. The tuner is the control portion. The main radio functions including antenna inputs and speaker outputs come out of the CD player. The IHKA panel (green arrow) is serviced as a unit.

IHKA panel: 
IHKA panel: Using a plastic prying tool, lever the IHKA panel out of the dashboard.
Figure 2

IHKA panel: Using a plastic prying tool, lever the IHKA panel out of the dashboard. You can lever at the outside of the bezel (green arrow). However, I find it more effective to lever between the bezel and the unit (red arrow).

IHKA panel: Start at the right side, then work your way around until the IHKA panel is free from the dashboard.
Figure 3

IHKA panel: Start at the right side, then work your way around until the IHKA panel is free from the dashboard. Pull the IHKA control panel away from the trim panel as you detach the trim clips. When releasing the clips, roll the panel down toward the bottom of the trim panel to detach the lower clips.

IHKA panel: Flip the panel so you can access the bottom.
Figure 4

IHKA panel: Flip the panel so you can access the bottom. Remove the left side electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out.

IHKA panel: Working at the right side of the panel, disconnect the two electrical connectors (green arrows) by pressing the release tab and swinging the locks open 90°.
Figure 5

IHKA panel: Working at the right side of the panel, disconnect the two electrical connectors (green arrows) by pressing the release tab and swinging the locks open 90 degrees. Then remove the final connector by squeezing the release tabs (red arrows) and pulling it off.

Radio: 
Radio: Working at the radio tuner, lever it out using a plastic prying tool (green arrows).
Figure 6

Radio: Working at the radio tuner, lever it out using a plastic prying tool (green arrows).

Radio: Slide the radio out of the dashboard to access electrical connectors.
Figure 7

Radio: Slide the radio out of the dashboard to access electrical connectors.

Radio: Working at the right side of the tuner, disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pressing the release tab and swinging the lock open 90°.
Figure 8

Radio: Working at the right side of the tuner, disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pressing the release tab and swinging the lock open 90 degrees. Remove the tuner from the dashboard.

Radio: Next, you have to loosen the CD player fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 9

Radio: Next, you have to loosen the CD player fasteners (red arrows). They do not come out. They loosen to relieve locking tension and allow the radio to slide out of the dashboard. Using a radio tool (inset), loosen the radio fasteners.

Radio: Slide the CD player out of the dashboard to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 10

Radio: Slide the CD player out of the dashboard to access the electrical connectors.

Radio: Start by removing the antenna cable (green arrows) from the radio by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out of the radio.
Figure 11

Radio: Start by removing the antenna cable (green arrows) from the radio by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out of the radio. Press the release tab (red arrows) and then slide the large black connector away from the radio (90 degrees) arrow to disconnect it.

Radio: You now have access to the 15 amp fuse (red arrow) at the back of the radio.
Figure 12

Radio: You now have access to the 15 amp fuse (red arrow) at the back of the radio. Check that it is in good shape before replacing the radio. This fuse could be your only issue if the radio does not function. To install, reverse the steps. To install an aftermarket radio, follow the instructions that came with your radio and wiring harness adapter to connect it.

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