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Old 01-29-2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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Final Stage Resistor

Hello all,

I replaced the FSR unit on my 2001 330Ci yesterday.

I thought I would share my experience and hopefully help someone else.

First of all. Be patient. Second, watch Solidjake's video before you even attempt this. It took me a little while because I am 56 years old, 5'11" and 225 pounds. Basically, It was the equivalent of trying to cram 20 pounds of s@@t in a ten pound bag. I'm sure that working on a concrete floor of an unheated garage in the middle of an Illinois winter didn't make it easier.

The unit itself is located between the firewall and the center console. It sits parallel with the firewall. Don't panic, you won't see it until you get the unit with the white cap off first. Getting at it was a challenge, but it can be done. I found a couple of things that helped me. First of all, the clip that is supposed to slide, it didn't for me. Just a LITTLE bit of WD-40 helped out with that and also installing the new unit. Also, a pair of needle nose pliers helped me get a grip to remove it.

The best advice is to make sure you watch the video. Everything is the same, it's probably a little tougher to get it done on a coupe versus a sedan.

Thanks again to Solidjake!! He comes through again!!

I wish I had pictures. It was enough to get my little self in there!!

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Old 01-29-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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Thank you Rick!! I'm glad the video helped you out and you were able to do the job. Open a beer and enjoy the money that you saved
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Uh, what video? No idea what a final stage resistor is, but now I want to know!
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Look it up on YouTube.
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Very cool! Thank you for your help! There is much I do not know on the E46...
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