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Old 04-09-2005, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ghead I got the old one out using DIY instructions, but no matter how hard I tried with these old tired eyes, could not get the large wiring plug out, could not find the "magic" release button, lever etc. so now have no filter for the time being.

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I dont understand what you mean...i did it myself and it was really easy, could you explain what happen a little more.
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Just pull on it. Give it a good jerk. I lost about an hour of my time trying to find a magic, smooth way of pulling it out. Nothing was damaged.
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I too am confused I have fitted loads of E36 micro-filters and have never disconnected any wiring, there's a catch on the micro-filter cover that you have to turn by a1/4 turn and to fit the filter to a right hand drive car you have to snap the bottom of the filter into 1/3rd's to allow it to bend (I'm a Brit)
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OK here is the latest, took out the glove box, yes six screws, NO laying on your back, Broke filter into thirds and slid it back in. The wires are not a poblem when the glove box is out.

A little trick when you go to put the box back in take some "C" clips or use small wire and wrap around the top screws at the base, the ones thru the vents. keeps them from falling out, Also much easier the put the passenger heater tube back in place.

SO much easier at least for me as could see everything. I can't see up close any more and by being on your back under the dash things were not far enough away.

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When I did mine, I just popped the glovebox as well. Easier than standing on my head to go through the bottom!
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