1998 E46 328i - Connector to Heating/Aircon Final Stage Resistor

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  1. 1998 E46 328i - Connector to Heating/Aircon Final Stage Resistor 
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    I am trying to replace the electrical wiring connector which connects to the heating/aircon final stage resistor unit. The connector on the car at the moment has a broken clip on one side so won’t fully grip the plug on the FSR and keeps working loose. I have obtained a new connector from a BMW breaker as the local main dealer could only supply it as part of a complete system wiring loom! I was hoping I could simply switch the wires over but it is not proving that easy. I have attached a couple of pics of the new connector which show I have removed the sliding retaining clip. I thought this would allow me to simply pull the wires and ‘sleeves’ out but they don’t want to budge. Does anyone know how to remove them? If I can’t swap the wires over I can always cut the set on the car and use some crimping clips to join them to the few inches of wire on the replacement connector. But I would prefer to swap them over if possible.
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    These pins are held in by three little "tangs" and I have never succeed in getting them out intact. All I can suggest is that you force out the wires from the connector from the breakers, giving you an intact connector and then break open the connector on the car giving you the wires with the tangs intact. Or the easy option is to cut your wires and join the new connector to them!

    By the way, if your car is a 1998 you have an E36, not an E46.
     
     

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    Hi Billywhizz. Many thanks for the explanation. I thought there must be something still holding the pins in as applying a moderate amount of pressure to push them out still encounters firm resistance. On balance I think I will take the simplest option and cut/connect the two sets of wires! On the E36/E46 issue I checked the registration certficate and I got the year wrong! It was registered Jan 1999. Would that make it an E46? I bought the car a year ago and it is my first BMW so help from forums like this is great. This is also my first post so many thanks again for your help.
     
     

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    The E36 ended in 1999 and the E46 started in 1998 so there is an overlap, however you can ID your car by checking this photo.

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    Wiring Diagrams here.... http://www.wedophones.com/BMWManualsLead.htm
    BMW Parts Catalogue here.... http://bmwfans.info/
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    It is definitely an E46 body shape. And many thanks for the useful links for wiring and parts.
     
     

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