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Radio IHKA Panel and Window Door Lock Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Radio IHKA Panel and Window Door Lock Switch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, T20 T30 Torx,'plastic trim panel tool

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:

IHKA / IHKS panel

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery before removing panel

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty IHKA or window switches

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket radio

Most electrical components on MINI R56 models require programming using an advanced MINI 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 without programming. I don't have experience with this method, due to my access to a MINI scan tool, but it is something to consider. I have been told programming of used items isn't always required, so this may be an option, but I cannot vouch for it working 100% of the time. If you have experience with used part installation, please share your experience, as it will help the Pelican Parts community.

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. It may seem as if the blower resistor is faulty, but replacing it doesn't remedy the issue. This may be a faulty blower control. You will want to check the signal to the blower resistor at this point and confirm the signal is faulty. Other functions of this control can also fail over time, however it's not as common.

The power window and door lock switches are integrated into the IHKA panel. If these items are giving you trouble and you find the panel to be at fault, you will have to replace it along with the climate control panel.

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.

The IHKA, IHKS or climate control panel (red arrow) is located in the center dashboard.
Figure 1

The IHKA, IHKS or climate control panel (red arrow) 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. It may seem as if the blower resistor is faulty, but replacing it doesn't remedy the issue. This may be a faulty blower control. You will want to check the signal to the blower resistor at this point and confirm the signal is faulty. Other functions of this control can also fail over time, though this is not as common. The power window and door lock switches are integrated into the IHKA panel. If these items are giving you trouble and you find the panel to be at fault, you will have to replace it along with the climate control panel. Start by removing the left side lower instrument panel trim. See our tech article.

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.
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.

Working at the side of the lower instrument panel, use a plastic prying tool and remove the cover (red arrow).
Figure 9

Working at the side of the lower instrument panel, use a plastic prying tool and remove the cover (red arrow). The left side is shown. Repeat this step for the right side.

Next up you have to remove the IHKA panel fasteners.
Figure 10

Next up you have to remove the IHKA panel fasteners. Remove the two T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows). The left side is shown. Repeat this step for the right side.

Working below the window switch assembly, lever out the trim cover (red arrow).
Figure 11

Working below the window switch assembly, lever out the trim cover (red arrow).

Pull the trim cover out of the instrument panel (yellow arrow).
Figure 12

Pull the trim cover out of the instrument panel (yellow arrow). Then remove the T30 Torx fastener (red arrow).

Pull the IHKA panel with the trim sway from the instrument panel.
Figure 13

Pull the IHKA panel with the trim sway from the instrument panel. Detach the trim clips (red arrow) at the top as you pull it away.

Pull the panel away from the instrument panel.
Figure 14

Pull the panel away from the instrument panel. Disconnect the electrical connectors. Press the release tabs (red arrows). Then unlock the lever and remove the connectors.

Press the release tab (red arrow) and pull the aux cable connector off.
Figure 15

Press the release tab (red arrow) and pull the aux cable connector off. Then press the release tab (yellow arrow) and pull the electrical connector off the aux plug. Remove the trim panel with the IHKA assembly from the vehicle.

Place the panel on a soft surface or blanket.
Figure 16

Place the panel on a soft surface or blanket. Remove the four T20 Torx screws (red arrows).

Press the bottom up and detach it from the panel.
Figure 17

Press the bottom up and detach it from the panel. Remove the IHKA panel from the trim panel and replace it as needed. Once the panel is separated, you can remove the plastic trim surrounding the lower switch assembly. Unclip the tabs and pull the trim off. Swap it to your new panel, if needed.

To replace the aux connector, press the retaining clips (red arrows) and push it out toward the front of the panel.
Figure 18

To replace the aux connector, press the retaining clips (red arrows) and push it out toward the front of the panel.

Reverse the steps to reinstall everything.
Figure 19

Reverse the steps to reinstall everything. When installing the IHKA trim, plug the aux input in, but leave it hanging out of the trim panel (red arrow). This helps with getting the wiring to clear the instrument panel.

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