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Left Lower Instrument Panel Trim Replacement
 
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Left Lower Instrument Panel Trim Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

0.5 hours

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

T27 Torx, trim panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

Fasteners, airbag

Hot Tip:

Use floor mat from vehicle to kneel on

Performance Gain:

Access to components behind panels

Complementary Modification:

Replace pillar trim as well

Above the left side footwell on BMW Z4 models there is a plastic trim panel that helps to house electrical components. This panel may have to be removed to service certain components on Z4 models. For example: the panel covers the pedal cluster and electrical components under the dashboard. If you wanted to replace the clutch switch or brake light switch, the panel has to be removed first. This panel is held in place by fasteners of varying style, be sure to have the correct ones on hand in the case one breaks or is lost.

There is also a knee airbag located just above the panel. The panel needs to be removed to replace the airbag. You may need a new airbag due to cosmetic damage or a fault code.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and 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. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Above the left side footwell on BMW Z4 models there is a plastic trim panel (red arrow) that helps to house electrical components.
Figure 1

Above the left side footwell on BMW Z4 models there is a plastic trim panel (red arrow) that helps to house electrical components. This panel may have to be removed to service certain components on Z4 models. For example the panel covers the pedal cluster and electrical components under the dashboard. If you wanted to replace the clutch switch or brake light switch, the panel has to be removed first. This panel is held in place by fasteners of varying style, be sure to have the correct ones on hand in the case one breaks or is lost. There is also a knee airbag (blue arrow) located just above the panel. The panel needs to be removed to replace the airbag. You may need a new airbag due to cosmetic damage or a fault code.

Working at the bottom of the panel, remove the five Phillips head screws (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working at the bottom of the panel, remove the five Phillips head screws (red arrows).

Then, detach the panel at the top and slide it toward the seat (blue arrow).
Figure 3

Then, detach the panel at the top and slide it toward the seat (blue arrow). Pull it away enough to access the electrical connector for the footwell light (red arrow). Pull the electrical connector straight out to remove. Remove the panel and place it aside.

To replace the knee airbag, first disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 15 minutes.
Figure 4

To replace the knee airbag, first disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 15 minutes. Then, remove the panel as stated above. Then remove the four T27 Torx fasteners (red arrows). Leave one fastener on each side installed, but almost removed.

Then, lever out the top corners.
Figure 5

Then, lever out the top corners. There are two clips at the left side of the panel (inset). Use a plastic prying tool and lever the panel out. If the metal clips come off, reinstall or replace with new.

Then, lever out the right side, there is one clip there (red arrow).
Figure 6

Then, lever out the right side, there is one clip there (red arrow). Remove the final two fasteners and low the airbag enough to access the electrical connector.

Unclip the electrical connector (red arrow) retainer using a small flathead screwdriver, then remove it (blue arrow).
Figure 7

Unclip the electrical connector (red arrow) retainer using a small flathead screwdriver, then remove it (blue arrow). Then remove the airbag and store it face up in a safe place. Reverse steps to install new airbag. Be sure to use a BMW scan tool and clear any fault codes.

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