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Old 08-08-2011, 09:33 AM
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Question Steering Wheel Button Replacement (peeling:()

OK so no CPO love, I ordered the part and would like to replace.

Just have not seen a solid DIY for getting the e70 airbag off. I know battery disconnect is a must and there are clips to pop out but every DIY I have seen noted 2 openings on the back of the wheel where you can get a scredriver in and pop the clips.

Catch is I can not see any ports like that on the back of my sport 07' 4.8i.

Anyone replaced the sttering wheel, or switches, or just taken off that airbag?
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:25 AM
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I just purchased an X5M wheel that I will change out soon.

Sport wheel, at the cross bar, slide your fingers along the back of the triangle as it slides down. About halfway down, you'll feel slight indentations in the material. This is just vinyl. You'll poke through this, straight up, to where you'll access the clips for the airbag.

That's the best I can explain it.
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:58 PM
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I'd be careful about fiddling around with the airbag. I don't know what the laws are like where you are but in several countries it is illegal to 'tamper' with car airbags. Could you maybe find a decent independent workshop willing to fit the part for you? That's what I did a few years ago when I had a similar part on our X3 go funky. I had several other things done at the same time so they didn't even charge me for it (I already had the part).
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:25 AM
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Easy task, here is the link I used for guidance and everything worked as described.
Lower steering wheel trim removal - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

My tips are:
Use allen wenches on both sides at the same time and watch the youtube vid above and the airbag will gingerly pop/pull out. The airbag will kind of pop out but you have to grab on to the edges and help it along. I did not fully disconnect the airbag cause it was scary. After unscrewing the three screws behind the wheel trim, I just pulled out the buttons and lower trim (these items are all fastened together). You have to pull it out, straight out, there are plastic dowells that secure everything to allign with the screws. Once that is done you have to unscrew the buttons from the lower trim. Then, of course you throw all this in reverese and reinstall.

YOU WILL most likely get a 4x4 malfunction error when you reconnect the battery and turn on the car. No biggie, this went right away. This also happened to me when I replaced all the brakes on my old x3.

Anyways, I also took the time to fully clean and condition all the leather which is usually covered by the buttons and trim. I also fully cleaned/conditioned the lower leather trim. One other thing I did was take my Mr Clean magic eraser GENTLY to that lower trim, that did a good job of taking that finish back to matte and it took to the leather conditioner well.

So thats it, I got new buttons, they look much better. Now all I have to do is get my transmission fixed (I have the hard shift into first when stopping issue). We already tried a reprogram, so maybe they will throw in a new transmission.
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