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Old 03-22-2019, 04:50 PM
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2003 - Power seat switch replace - cover removal?

Hi all,

I can't find any DIY telling me the proper way to pop the plastic cover off the side of the seat (drivers) so I can swap out the big ol' electrical switch. Can someone forward me some info - I assume it's out there.

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Never mind. Found it on Pelican. Thanks/sorry!!!
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Just take your time it's easy to snap off tabs.
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I wonder what the trick is cause I broke 2 tabs pulling the cover off. Almost seems like you need to slide a small flat screwdriver into each anchoring slot to unhook a detent.
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I wonder what the trick is cause I broke 2 tabs pulling the cover off. Almost seems like you need to slide a small flat screwdriver into each anchoring slot to unhook a detent.
That's the trick.
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But how do you get in there to do that, with the cover attached? Do you need to take the seat out so you can come in from the back?
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Yep. Take the seat out and work from the bottom.
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Thanks. Another odd BMW engineering choice but, it is what it is.
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it’s a bitch for sure to get that side cover off. the part the pelican article doesn’t cover well is loosening the tab on the bottom right (driver side). I got it off by getting into the back seat on the floor and after moving the seat all the way forward and all the way up. I think you have to remove another little trim piece too. but if you put your head way down in there it’s a light you can actually SEE that tab and slip a thin screwdriver in there to release it.

that said. if doing it again, as easy as it is to remove the seat I would prob do that next tine too. I think i broke one of the tabs but it holds fine w the remaining tabs.

i’d love to meet the evil bmw plastic engineers one day and have a word with them.
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Hah!
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