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Hi,
The smooth action on the flip up cover of my radio cassette unit in my 1997 523i SE has lost it's "smooth operation". Instead of it gliding up & over when you press it it now pops up rather sharply.
Anyone any idea what is required to fix it, how I go about it and what is needed to remove the trim & the cover from the dash to do the job?

I am technically minded so am not worried if it's a bit of a bitch to do.
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mine sucks too. let me know if you can fix it cheap

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I have fixed mine and my father's successfully for just a few cents and 10 minutes. Hang on while I find the link...

EDIT: Here it is: http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/cassett...te_door_fix.htm
I just placed some double-sided thick tape between the oil pot attachment point and the side of the bracket, and jammed in in there real good. It works now like new.

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You da man!!
Literally 5 mins work. I didn't have to remove the Stereo unit, just popped off the trim to the right (the bit that has the cruise control on/off button located on it) could see the oil pot, inserted a short piece of a matchstick and bada bing, it now rolls up smoothly as new.

Nice work, thanks for the reply with pics etc and the tip.

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okay maybe im just an idiot but i took my stereo out and the surrounding trim pieces and even tried to remove the lower dash to take the entire "flipping" piece out to fix it nice and had no luck. i tried the thick foam tape and it just pushed its way out. Nick could you send a picture of how you did this with a matchstick? please and thank you.

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Right Frank.
Look at MRogers pics, specifically the 2nd one down, The oil pot looks like a little cam wheel that rotates on a spring (The bit with the green line pointing to it in the pic). If you look at my pics you cant see anything like that amount of detail because i did not take the radio out. Mine is a RH drive, yours is a LHD (I assume) so where I have removed the little piece of trim to the left of my wheel you will have to remove the big piece that goes across the top of the glovebox part of the dash.
Anyway, if you look very carefully once this trim is off you should be able to just make out (with a torch to help you) the RH side of the cam/oilpot and the LH edge of the dash assembly. pop the cover up and down a few times and look closely and you should be able to see the cam/oilpot rolling back & forth.
All I have done is wege a match in between the RH edge of the oilpot (it's a tight fit) and the LH edge of the dash structure ( the bit in MRogers that has the green line pointing to it). that's it, nothing more.

My pics don't show much but I hope they help, if not I'll try to explain it a bit more but it's kind of hard to describe it without seeing it physically and it doesnt help that mine's a RH drive and yours is LH.

Let me know how you get on.
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I actually didn't remove any trim pieces, just the radio. Maybe the instructions on that page I linked to weren't clear, but all you have to do to get the radio off is pull of the volume knob (just pull with your fingers), then at the 6-o'clock position under the knob is a little bitty torx screw. Put a torx wrench in there, give it a quarter turn, and the whole lower radio (called the MID) pops free. Then there's just two brass torx screws on the bottom of the tape deck module, and it will come free. That's it...the radio's out.

At this point, play with the door, and look at the right hinge...you should be able to see the little oil pot swiveling free. That of course is the problem--it should be fixed in place. I took very small needle-nose pliers, and a piece of 3M double-sided foam tape double back on itself, and used the needle nose to carefully place it between the oil pot and the side of the cassette bracket. It won't go in all the way, not being so gentle, so once I kind of had it in about the right spot I let go of it with the pliers and then just used their tip to push it further in, jamming it between the oil pot and the side.

Test door, reattach radio and that's it!

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Thank you both for your help. i will give it another shot.

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yipee, i got it. i had to shove two (square) toothpicks in the to and bottom of the oilpot and put some superglue to hold them there. thank you again

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