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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-13-2008, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sticky knobs

What is the best advice on getting the push buttons on the forward panel and center console to work properly? When I push in the knobs they stay in instead of popping back out like they should when you push them a second time.
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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man i had this problem. my first E30 it was the fog light switch, this one is with the defroster.

i just replaced the button the first time, heh. if there is a cheaper fix id like to know too!
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My rear defogger switch does this...I've tried pulling out the switch and greasing it up...but that didn't work...now I'm hoping the switch goes bad so I have a reason to replace it.
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My defroster gets sticky too. I have found that if I turn it on when cold and can pop it out before the light in the dash warms it too much that it pops out a bit more freely. Otherwise I spend way too much time getting it back out, because i don't want my back window to explode. You might carry a knife and use it as an extra way to pry it out if you were so inclined.
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alum-a-lube works good of any wd-40 type chemical....
1)take switch out of car(just pops out)

2)spray chem. so it get into switch(use alot)

3)shake switch a bit(just to get the chem. all around the internals)

4) hit the switch ALOT

5) return to step 2 till swicht moves nicely

i did this to all my window swiches and works great!
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alum-a-lube works good of any wd-40 type chemical....
1)take switch out of car(just pops out)

2)spray chem. so it get into switch(use alot)

3)shake switch a bit(just to get the chem. all around the internals)

4) hit the switch ALOT

5) return to step 2 till swicht moves nicely

i did this to all my window swiches and works great!
Sorry, I'm not clear on this.

"take switch out of car".......Do you mean just pull the housing around the button out of the panel, button and all. Or do you mean pull the button out? Come to think of it, I don't think you can pull all of the switches out. Hmmm... I have to take a look. Perhaps a little more explanation for us button challenged?

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lol "Button Challanged"
Also i forgot to ask what car this was on.... housing button an all normally just get back to me on what car b4 you do this! just want to be sure it will work!
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lol "Button Challanged"
Also i forgot to ask what car this was on.... housing button an all normally just get back to me on what car b4 you do this! just want to be sure it will work!
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OK! yeah just pop the buttons out(the housing and all also disconnect them)
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OK! yeah just pop the buttons out(the housing and all also disconnect them)
Ok, I'll take a look and give it a try. Thanks.
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Hey, it's only been a few months. I'm finally getting around to handling this. Before I start trying to pull the buttons out, another question/issue.

I now have an issue with the A/C button. You know the one with the snow flake on it.....blue with white icon. Anyway, this button won't stay engaged. What's up with that? Any way to fix or have to replace.

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just pull the switches and replace them....they don't cost that much
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if you don't want to do that though, theres this stuff, in a spray can, called Electro-Static spray or something like that there that you can buy at most car parts stores and spray in/on to the switch that might work. It's a lubricant that doesn't conduct electricity, I've used with success on certain applications...It's no big deal to pop the switches out anyway though. Just get a little flattip screwdriver and gently pry the switch out, working from all sides one at a time. I would change the switch out though on a vertical application, the spray solution might not be so good on a horizontal issue.
The switch seems difficult to remove but they are really not..just the right little screw driver and patience....work around all the sides equally and it'll come out....
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if you don't want to do that though, theres this stuff, in a spray can, called Electro-Static spray or something like that there that you can buy at most car parts stores and spray in/on to the switch that might work. It's a lubricant that doesn't conduct electricity, I've used with success on certain applications...It's no big deal to pop the switches out anyway though. Just get a little flattip screwdriver and gently pry the switch out, working from all sides one at a time. I would change the switch out though on a vertical application, the spray solution might not be so good on a horizontal issue.
The switch seems difficult to remove but they are really not..just the right little screw driver and patience....work around all the sides equally and it'll come out....
I think I'll try to lubricate them. Online I see prices from the $40 to $75 and in Hawaii they double that just for the fun of it. Ok, they say shipping, but I think they just enjoy ripping us off. I mean how much does it cost to ship a part that weighs a few ounces. I just replaced the blower relay and BMW wanted $62 for that. I got it through a friend at another dealer for $41.

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