How to Install a BMW E36 Analogue Climate Control

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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The BMW E36 was a generation of the 3-Series model made between 1992 and 1998. The E36's analogue climate control panel is mounted under the car's stereo. If the current climate control panel is broken, replace it by installing a new analogue climate control unit. On some cars, you'll need to partially disassemble the dash to do this. But this is not the case in the BMW E36. You should be able to install a new analogue climate control unit in about 30 minutes.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Trim stick
  • Socket wrench
  • Replacement analogue climate control unit

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  1. 1

    Loosen the negative battery cable nut with a wrench, and then remove the cable from the battery post for safety.

  2. 2

    Grasp the four climate control knobs and pull them off. Set them aside in a safe place. With the knobs removed, you'll see the screws. There is a screw behind the fan knob and a screw behind the temperature knob.

  3. 3

    Insert your trim stick into the upper-right corner of the climate control panel. Pry downward to remove the cover panel. It should come off easily.

  4. 4

    Remove the two mounting bolts from the climate control unit. Pull it toward you to remove it from the dash. Unplug the three harnesses from the back.

  5. 5

    Plug the three harnesses into the new analogue climate control unit. Insert it into the dash. Install the two bolts and tighten them well. Push the cover panel back into place and tighten the two screws.

  6. 6

    Push the four knobs back onto the shafts. Reattach the negative cable to the battery post and tighten the nut.

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