Re: How to remove center air vent on BMW 323i (yr =...
The top part of the center vent has two jagged edges that lock into the underneath of the dashboard. The trick of course it not to pull it straight out. So imagine do this, use your fingers, try to catch on to the bottom of the vents, and the sides, pull down AND out.
Note that the center vents also catch on to the ducts inside, which of course separates once you have the vents removed.
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Possible dead fuel pump.Pull up the back seat bench up from the front and it pops off. no screw to remove, takes 5 seconds.. The access to the fuel tank pump is under the 6" dia round cover. Unscrew 4 screws, remove cover. You'll see the top of the fuel pump, Identify by two hose lines and electrical connector. Turn ignition to the on position you should hear the pump buzz. If you don't pop the electrical connector and check for voltage. If 12VDC then likely a bad fuel pump. If no volts, check the fuse & relay.
BMW Owners manual. 1998 BMW 318i 4DR E36 BMW
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BMW 323is 2DR E36 ...data.bmrparts.com/bmwparts/1610.html have just checked this site out and the have a manual for yr bmw - hope this will help-
Before removing the stereo you need to ensure that the battery's grounding cable is disconnected from the negative lead. Most BMW models have the battery housed under the hood while others (a relative few) store the battery on the left side of the vehicle in the trunk. Use a 10 mm wrench to loosen the bolt holding the clamp of the grounding cable around the negative lead.
Use a trim pry tool to remove the vent housing above the stereo. The vents can be removed to allow access to the stereo or removed completely. Once the perimeter of the vent housing is loose from the dash, you can feed the wiring that connects to the hazard light button through the front of the vents. With the hazard switch pushed forward, simply disconnect the power supply to completely free the vent assembly.
The climate control group at the bottom of the stereo also needs to be removed to access the stereo. The climate control housing can be removed by hand. Grab the climate control at the bottom and the top. Pry from the bottom and remove. The climate controls do not need to be removed completely. When it is free from the dash there will be enough slack in the wiring to allow you to place it aside to access the stereo.
There are two screws that hold the factory stereo in its dock. Those screws, located on either side of the stereo facing upward, can be removed using Phillips-head screwdriver. Once the screws are removed, the deck slides forward to allow access to the wiring at the rear of the stereo. The wire groups at the rear need to be removed and can be done so in any order. The four wiring groups connect to the antenna, the amplifier, the speakers, and the power supply (the battery).
If you plan to install an aftermarket stereo, most will be compatible with BMW wiring. If not, you can connect the wiring groups to a wiring harness adapter before connecting to the new unit.
You can check from the bottom of the ventilation controller by removing the bottom de-froster assembly. You will see under the housing will be torx screws that secure it. Remove both plastic end caps from the defrost switches by pulling out. Underneath the caps are torx screws that secure them. You can now remove the assembly and view the bottom part of the rotary knobs revealing the cables for the ventilating flaps. They should be held in place by a metal locking clip. If they aren't then the clip came off and fell somewhere in the area.
If they looked secured then you probably have a broken or a slipping knob that needs replacing.
remove Remove the glove box and rear trim panel to access blower motor, are u sure it is not the blower speed control that is the source of your problem? that is the most common failure Here is a copy of the instruictions to replace that component if needed courtesy of Just Answer.com
I believe that the component the BMW tech was referring to is the blower final stage (like an electronically controlled blower resistor assembly). This is a very common failure item on this model, and causes the symptoms you describe.
BMW has a revised part number for this component, which lasts much longer than the original design. When you call the BMW dealer for the part, it is #(P/N 64 11 8 385 549).
The IHKA blower final stage resistor is located behind the right side footwell vent duct. Here is the replacement procedure:
(1) Remove the glove box and rear trim panel to access the area behind the duct.
(2) Remove the two attaching screws from the stepper motor bracket and carefully disconnect the flap rod from the stepper motor arm. Remove the stepper motor to access the final stage resistor. Note: Do NOT turn on the ignition switch while the steeper motor is removed from the case.
(3) Remove the connector from the final stage resistor and the two attaching screws. Remove the IHKA blower final stage resistor and replace it with the improved PN 64 11 8 385 549