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Old 11-29-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Simple HK replacement amp question *1/2/2011 Updated with pics*

I've searched and scoured these forums for a post regarding the replacement of the HK amp but I haven't found exaclty what I need (DIY thread with pics maybe?) I'm simply removing my old non-functioning unit and replacing it with a used but working unit I picked up off of ebay.

I assume this is a fairly easy swap, but I haven't rewired a stereo since high school. The local car audio place offered to do the work for $100, but I've got a feeling that it's a simple enough job.

I drive a US spec 2004 300i. Thanks in advance for any input. I know this issue is well beyond the expertise of many posters on these forums, but this is my first foray into repairing my newly purchased E46. (Next up, zip tie trick on my drivers side window... slowing when it reaches half way down.)

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Old 12-11-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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So I finally received the replacement amp via eBay for around a hundred dollars. After opening the box I realized just how simple his repair could be, considering this is simply a matter of removing the old amp, placing the new amp, and connecting the plug:



After removing the liner, I came upon my first problem:



As best I can figure, the sirius unit was installed aftermarket and in a shotty fashion, leaving the wiring is all over the place. Not a huge problem, moving on... Let's take a look at the old amp:



No plug, and seemingly covered in water damage or ectoplasm, certainly one of the two. Without pulling everything out and tracing wiring back, I can not locate the wiring plug that should be connecting that amp to the system. I don't have the time today to pull everything out, nor am I confident in my ability to diagnose/fix the problem once I do. My fear is that someone previously dissembled the wiring harness plug that was running to the amp.

Any suggestions on where to go with this? I'm just about ready to take it down the street to have a professional handle it.
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
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Well you have already gone as far as to pull the carpet out, your nearly half way there. I would pull out the damaged factory amp and look around for the harness back there. I Believe its just a handful of 8mm bolts, maybe 10mm to get it out.
Unless somebody cut the harness out, it could not have gone far. It may be tucked up behind the shock tower / rear seat area or behind the amp.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:08 AM   #4
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^ yep. Not much going on back there.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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So I haven't gotten around to posting in this topic in the past couple weeks, but here's the latest:





So I found the harness, but it seems fried. Is this something that I have to have replaced at a dealership, or can I take it to a local stereo place?
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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You are in huge trouble. That connector (part 6) (61138364862 [lever housing] 61138364882 and 61138364884 [pin housings) is available separately, but all the connectors inside are melted in place and covered in gunk.

Note there are two sizes of pin, Socket contact ELO-Power 2,8x0,63 (small ones) and Socket contact ELO-Power 5,2x0,63 (big ones).

The second column is the accepted cable thickness.

You don't want the more expensive ELO connectors with the pigtail of cable attached (Parts 1-7), the pigtail cable is all the same colour and the cost will add up pretty fast. You'll probably want to solder the connections, esp the power feeds. Crimping is not good.;-)

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #7
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damn dude... I threw away this exact connector + pigtail from my car since Im running a carpc
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:53 PM   #8
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Go to a junk yard, find an E46, and hack off the connector as far in to the harness as possible. Leave a foot or more of wire. They're all color coded and you should be able to splice in the junk-yard connector by matching them up.

The year won't matter. I have a 2005 coupe with H/K and I've plugged in an amp from a 1999 sedan without, the wiring connections are the same.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:41 AM   #9
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Should there be any concern as to what could have caused the harness to melt in the first place?
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:25 PM   #10
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That's a good question and one that came to mind. Hopefully the wires are in good shape inward from the melted connector which is why I suggested hacking off as much from the donor car as you can get, just in case you have damage beyond the connector in your car.

I'd suspect an aftermarket sound system install gone bad. Some people just stick pins in there and tape it up. Not really a problem if you do that with low wattage amp/speaker combos and just use the speaker connections, but if it was overloaded somehow, that could explain it.

I have read of people having water infiltration issues in that area of the trunk too, so perhaps it got wet and shorted out. It's pretty sever looking though.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:04 PM   #11
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bmw-E...fAudioQ5fVideo

Would this be the correct part?
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:04 PM   #12
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I also found this auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bmw-E...item2eb265fe92
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200562060532 is for the phone and SES.

200561524370 is more like it.

Most likely it was a shagged amp that melted the connector.

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Old 01-16-2011, 01:49 PM   #14
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Thanks for the quick reply, Arty. I ordered the one you suggested and will update the thread later in the week.

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Old 01-19-2011, 11:41 PM   #15
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I just saw that the harness is being shipped from Ontario. Do I need to be concerned about this part being off of a Euro spec E46?
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