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Re: removal of gear shift knob
There are two types of shift knobs. One that unscrews and one that the lower trim of the shift knob separates from the knob using a trim stick. After separating the lower trim from the knob pull upward to release the knob from the shift lever. If a new shifter assembly is being installed, unscrew the original shift knob or separate the lower trim from the knob and pull up to remove the knob from the shift lever. Screw the knob onto the new shifter assembly's lever no more than 14 turns or install the lower trim onto the shift lever then push the knob onto the shift lever and install the lower trim piece onto the shift knob.
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Some factory and aftermarket alarms lock the doors as you shift out of Park, or the car goes faster than 7-10 MPH, and unlock when shift to Park, or turn off ignition. If you have the option to cancel this option and lock the doors manually, then you know the signal input wire(s) have loose connection and are the culprits.
If you have a stick shift ( floor shift) remove the boot around the gear stick and the insulation on the floor to reveal the 4 bolts that hold the shift turret on to the top of the box. Undo the bolts and lift the gear lever assembly out of the gear box.
Re-attaching the knob to the gearshift is the key...Look for a hole on the lower section of the knob...if you cannot see it...remove the bottom chrome piece from the knob, (pry apart carefully not to scratch the chrome housing...you should see the small hole normally includes a small allen insert screw or Phillips screw...must be screwed in to the gear shift shaft to hold in place...if you cannot compare...visit a local salvage yard to experiment..."Pic A Part" is a national self help salvage yard. Hope this helps. If the button does not stay in the gear shift knob...you can replace the knob (with button) only...remove the knob as described above. Hope this helps.
you already have an x5 with original factory fit Xenon headlights,
that's the way to leave it. Xenon headlights are a lot more fiddly to
install than the old fashioned kind. They can be dangerous to handle,
and contain high voltage capacitors that could shock you.
the end of the day, the odds of you being able to switch out the
lights, and do a better job than the factory is pretty slim. Especially
as you apparently don't even know where to start.
you eventually trade your car, its value will be determined by the
mileage, vehicle history, condition, and whether or not you have been
messing with it. No one wants to buy a car that some enthusiastic
amateur has been playing with. People are looking for a good clean
vehicle in as close to original condition as possible. You will get more
information in here about BMW aftermarket.
You need to check if the alarm is factory fitted or aftermarket, i.e. fitted by car security company. You should have some paperwork. I presume you cannot start the car due to immobiliser. If it is aftermarket you can contact the insaller, or someone who does the same brand near you to get you going. Or you can search under the dash for the black immobiler wires and locate and join the appropriate wires. If the system is factory fitted, best to contact your local dealer. Good luck
You need to remove the shift handle first...key must be on...no need to start...pull shift lever down to low gear...look on the back side of the knob...you should see a u-shaped clip head...pry gently under the u-shape with a scredriver to begin removal...then use needle nose pliers to completely pull the clip out...after this is removed...you will be able to kift the shifter knob off...Don't know if you mean replace shift knob...(known for breaking) or actual metal shift lever...if you need the shifter arm, your best find would be at your local salvage yard...some will remove for you...some will let you find your model and remove yourself...To re-install put the shift knob back on the shift lever...to lock in place then re-insert the u-clip to lock in place...Many good mechanics are not familiar with removing these shift knobs...Hope this helps.
All of the factory fitted and most of the aftermarket sysyems cannot be disconnected without causing the death of the car(anti theft).i have never, in all my time, known anyone,succesfully,remove one.
best of luck.
p.s.if you know anyone that has, please let us know.
sounds like its wired up wrong, remove the radio unplug the connector and remove the radio, then check all your fuses must have blown one when radio was installed, after that charge battery and with radio removed see if battery goes dead, if not recheck wiring to radio, common problem with vw aftermarket radio,they are installed wrong,good luck,