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Old 06-28-2012, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Controller Doesn't Move Good

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The IDrive controller in my 2004 530I does not go up or down smoothly. How can I make it better?
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try removing the knob. It's as simple as wedging your fingers under it and pulling up. Once the knob is off, clean all around the controller to make sure there's no dirt or debri causing it not to move freely. If all is well and problem persists the next step would be to replace the controller. The replacement of the entire controller is easy, but i believe it requires programming which can be costly. Definitely try the first option first.
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I opened the knob but I am wondering how can I open the controller, because by taking it off I can clean it better. It is interesting that when the car is under the sun and it is hot the controller woks well. So How can I take it off? Should I open the entire Console?
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Try removing the knob. It's as simple as wedging your fingers under it and pulling up. Once the knob is off, clean all around the controller to make sure there's no dirt or debri causing it not to move freely. If all is well and problem persists the next step would be to replace the controller. The replacement of the entire controller is easy, but i believe it requires programming which can be costly. Definitely try the first option first.
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take off the trim on the top part of the center console. the controller is screwed into the back of the trim. i believe a T10 screw driver will do the trick.
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How should I take off the trim? Does it have screws?
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take off the trim on the top part of the center console. the controller is screwed into the back of the trim. i believe a T10 screw driver will do the trick.
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no screws it just pops out. if you have a trim panel tool that would work great. if not you can use a flathead screwdriver but be very careful wood trim chips easily.
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