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Old 12-03-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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How do i replace my indicator stalk?

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I need to replace my indicator stalk it has the BC button on it, my car is a 51 plate e46 coupe 318 ci. I can see one screw on the top of the plastic steering column cover, is their more or or does it just pull out?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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Really? I was told that you have to take the covers off and then disconnect the air bag and you can get to it then.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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I'm looking at the Bentley Repair Manual for you. Solidjake is correct, steering wheel/airbag need to be removed.

Basically they are saying to:

1. Disconnect negative battery terminal
2. Remove airbag
3. Remove steering wheel
4. Remove steering column trim
5. Detach EWS ring antenna harness connector
6. Detach wiper/washer connector
7. Detach dimmer switch connector
8. Detach airbag harness connector
9. Remove turn signal stalk by sliding it off of the column.

Steering wheel torque is 46 ft-lb. Installation is done in reverse order of removal.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:38 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys bigger job than i had expected but need to get it sorted cheersh guys
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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Ah it's not too bad, the hardest part is getting the airbag out
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
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Ah it's not too bad, the hardest part is getting the airbag out
Just hit the front bumper with a sledge hammer and then use the actual bag as a grip to pull it out.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:51 PM   #9
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Thanks for the help guys bigger job than i had expected but need to get it sorted cheersh guys
CHEERSH?

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:25 PM   #10
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I'm looking at the Bentley Repair Manual for you. Solidjake is correct, steering wheel/airbag need to be removed.

Basically they are saying to:

1. Disconnect negative battery terminal
2. Remove airbag
3. Remove steering wheel
4. Remove steering column trim
5. Detach EWS ring antenna harness connector
6. Detach wiper/washer connector
7. Detach dimmer switch connector
8. Detach airbag harness connector
9. Remove turn signal stalk by sliding it off of the column.

Steering wheel torque is 46 ft-lb. Installation is done in reverse order of removal.
So how long should i disconnect the battery for so not to risk having the air bag go off?
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:26 PM   #11
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Just hit the front bumper with a sledge hammer and then use the actual bag as a grip to pull it out.
Haha think i will stay clear of that idea
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #12
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Not sure why you're replacing the stalk but if the button stopped working you may be able to repair it. I just soldered two small wires and it works again.

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:34 PM   #13
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when i swapped out my stalk for one with the BC button onto my car i didn't need to remove the steering wheel. i just took off the plastic steering column cover and there was two screws holding it on.. simple as pie.
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So how long should i disconnect the battery for so not to risk having the air bag go off?

Just Leave it disconnected while you are working.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:07 AM   #16
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See i have read on the net that you just take the plastic covers off and ur abel to get at it this way and then on this thread ive been told the wheel needs to come off. Now im confused.
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i have the stalk with no BC button, when i replace it with the one with the BC, will it work right away or programing is needed by dealer or Indi?
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See i have read on the net that you just take the plastic covers off and ur abel to get at it this way and then on this thread ive been told the wheel needs to come off. Now im confused.
It would not surprise me at all if this was accurate. I've seen the Bentley Manual go a little overboard before with extra steps. I would still be cautious about the airbag and disconnect the battery anyway, just to be safe.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:12 PM   #19
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I did this when doing a OBC retrofit, in fact if you search for OBC retrofit there's a thread I followed the DIY for. Same logic applies if only changing the turn stalk.

Addict, to get the stalks BC button working you will have to have it programmed. You can do this with PA soft by chaning the features coded to the car, very easy this way and worked perfect for me.
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you DO NOT have to take off the steering wheel. ive done it before.
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