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    Hi

    I have a E36 saloon and the steering column has no adjustment and I need to check some of the instrument bulbs in the dash.

    Can I get to them with out taking the steering wheel off?

    If I need to take the steering wheel off. Is there anything that I should be aware of?

    I don't want to make the mistake of just taking the steering wheel straight off and finding out I should off done some thing else first.

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    You can wiggle the dash pod out. BUT it is easier with the wheel off.
    Undo the 2 screws at the top of the pod that fix it to the dash. tilt the pod towards you. Reach around the back to disconnect the plugs and you can wiggle the pod free.
     
     

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    If I did decide to take the wheel off to make life easer, how would I do that?
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    Has it got an airbag mate?
     
     

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    Just looked on the steering wheel and it does have the air bag.
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    Right.
    Disconnect the battery a few hours before. If you look behind the steering wheel there are two holes in the back. You will need a T30 torx IIRC. Push the torx through the hole and undo the two screws and the air-bag will start to come away from the wheel. When you have removed the air bag disconnect the wiring from the sttering wheel. Now remove the key and engage the steering lock. There is a bolt through the centre of the wheel into the steering column, undo this and wiggle the wheel from side to side to release it from the column splines. When removing the wheel be careful not to move the airbag slip ring. I would mark it all up so that it goes back into the same position. When you put it back together just make sure everything is connected or you will put the SRS warning lamp on.
    Sorry if ive forgotten anything as its all from memory.
     
     

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    I will give it ago tomorrow, so I can take my time with it.

    What wire should I disconnect off the battery first + or -?

    What is the maximum length of the screwdriver T30 torx that I can get away with?

    Will disconnecting the battery have any effects on the other electronics in the car?
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    Disconnect the - first.
    You will lose the radio code, Do you have an alarm?
    The torx i use is about 4" long. But IIRC you can move the wheel around to give you more room.
    And just take your time
     
     

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    No alarm, that will be next on my list along with some parking sensors. It does have an immobiliser though.
    The one thing I will miss this year is the air con, it doesn't have any in this car.

    Thanks for your your help.
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    I've managed to take the dash clocks out of my 1995 E36 and have some more questions.

    1. On my service lights I only have 5 green lit up, no yellow and no red.
    I thought the bulbs needed replacing but there are no external bulbs.

    How are they lit and how can I replace them?

    2. I also have a lot of bulb holders missing for the warning lights.

    Should all of the spaces where the bulb holders go have bulbs in place or are some left empty from new?
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