Video tutorial on how to remove the HVAC control panel on a BMW E39. A similar procedure possibly applies to other BMW models as well. It is also required that the cup holder does need to be removed as well. This particular tutorial was done on a 1997 BMW 540i E39.
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Cup holder removal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dr2JqNOvQU
HVAC panel button replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1C0flm-31g
-remove the cup holder
-place your hand inside the cavity and push outward on the hvac panel, starting with the passenger side first
-once it pops out, push it back until the spring clip touches the open, now push outwards on the driver’s side
-once the spring clip is released, pull the unit straight out
-now remove the 4 plug connectors on the bottom side
-please refer to the video to determine how each connector is removed
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