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Hazard Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hazard Switch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, small flathead screwdriver, T20 Torx screwdriver

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Hazard switch

Hot Tip:

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

Performance Gain:

Proper light function

Complementary Modification:

Replace exterior bulbs

The Footwell Module (FM) 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 follows the curvature of the road.

The hazard light switch is located on the dashboard. Trim pieces in MINI R56 models, 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.

Bulb monitoring by FM is done both cold and hot (unlit or lit). In cold monitoring, FM sends brief current pulses to unlit bulbs to measure their resistance. The pulses are too short to illuminate bulbs but serves the purpose of evaluating whether an individual bulb or bulb circuit is defective. In hot monitoring, FM measures the current to individual lit bulbs to determine overload or a break in the circuit.

When dealing with bulb failures or bulb out messages, always inspect the electrical connector and taillight bulb holder. The connectors can wear over time causing heat and melting. Once the electrical connector on the harness side or the taillight socket has melted, you will have a poor connection and rear bulb faults or failures. If you find the connector is melted, you can repair it by installing a new plug pigtail and / or replacing the bulb socket assembly.

Testing the hazard switch is simple. Follow the instructions below on how to remove it, up until the electrical removing portion. Once the electrical connector is removed, use a fused jumper wire and jump terminal 1 (black white) and 2 (brown) together. This will activate the hazards. If it does, the switch is bad. If it does not, the wiring or footwell module may be faulty.

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.

The hazard switch is located at the center of the instrument panel (red arrow) above the instrument cluster.
Figure 1

The hazard switch is located at the center of the instrument panel (red arrow) above the instrument cluster.

Move the steering wheel as far down and away from the dashboard as it will go.
Figure 2

Move the steering wheel as far down and away from the dashboard as it will go. Working at the top of the steering column, remove the two T30 Torx screws for the tachometer (red arrows). Once the fasteners are removed, slide the tachometer toward the steering wheel.

Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), lever the left side instrument panel trim off the instrument panel.
Figure 3

Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), lever the left side instrument panel trim off the instrument panel.

Next remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the instrument panel.
Figure 4

Next remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the instrument panel.

Open the glove compartment; remove the small trim piece on the left side below the vent (red arrow).
Figure 5

Open the glove compartment; remove the small trim piece on the left side below the vent (red arrow). Lever it out using a plastic trim panel tool.

Working at the defroster vent, lever out the two small covers in the front corners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Working at the defroster vent, lever out the two small covers in the front corners (red arrows). Use a small flathead screwdriver (green arrow) to pop them out.

Next, remove the two T20 Torx screws located beneath the covers (red arrows).
Figure 7

Next, remove the two T20 Torx screws located beneath the covers (red arrows).

Slide the instrument cluster trim forward (red arrow).
Figure 8

Slide the instrument cluster trim forward (red arrow). Once free from the instrument panel, lay it aside. I let it rest on the top of the instrument panel.

Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the switch.
Figure 9

Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the switch.

Using a small flathead screwdriver, release the retaining springs at the sides (red arrow) of the switch and push the switch out of the instrument cluster trim piece.
Figure 10

Using a small flathead screwdriver, release the retaining springs at the sides (red arrow) of the switch and push the switch out of the instrument cluster trim piece.

Remove the switch from the trim piece.
Figure 11

Remove the switch from the trim piece. To install a new switch, reverse the steps.







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