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Old 09-30-2019, 09:29 AM   #1
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hazard button dropped into console

pressing the door unlock button - the assembly dropped into the console .

Has this happened to anyone? I searched the forums but I don't think I'm searching for the right words.

look like the button housing is intact, but the plastic around the trim/console is cracked.

Any creative fixes?
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:34 AM   #2
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It happened to me. I had to remove the console to get it back out. I just snapped mine back in. I'll glue it if that ever happens again. The button looked ok to me but I think the slot in the console it sits in was damaged.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:34 AM   #3
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You'll need to follow a very prescribed sequence.

You'll need a paperclip, piece of cardboard, lighter fluid, lighter, and a nurse or doctor.

Seriously, though, I'd guess you can wedge something in somewhere, possibly use a lighter to heat the paperclip to make some form of frame repair and/or clip repair.

Possibly a new switch? realoem.com for all your part number needs. Might be you can buy your broken part. I'll look around for grins...see if I can help.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:36 AM   #4
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Find your local u-pull-it yard. It's not a common issue at all, so chances are very good if there's an E46 or two on the lot, the button/console should be intact.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:40 AM   #5
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It's the whole console ...which isn't a horrible repair.

But in looking closer, maybe you could build a new frame to wedge in or possible glue from underneath?

A thin sheet of metal and some gorilla glue...and a couple of clamps overnight should hold pretty well. Not sure what's underneath where the tab broke, but if you can find that piece, you'll know what to replicate.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:47 AM   #6
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Awesome, I will attempt to repair it this week but looks like it is easy to find a replacement if needed. thanks !!
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:42 PM   #7
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Wrap some electrical tape around it so it fits snug.
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Pick up a beater console and a can of BMW Black LVP spray paint and one of adhesion promotor. Clean all the BMW soft surface off and re-spray - looks like new. Not hard. Not expensive. Crappy trim pieces are a dime a dozen.
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There's a chance the bottom dropped out of the switch, a common occurrence. When you get it out re-glue or put some tape over the bottom of the switch as pm.
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Pick up a beater console and a can of BMW Black LVP spray paint and one of adhesion promotor. Clean all the BMW soft surface off and re-spray - looks like new. Not hard. Not expensive. Crappy trim pieces are a dime a dozen.
That's a great idea. Is this the paint you mentioned?
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:58 AM   #11
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yes happened to me. dealership clowns pressed the hazards when in line to do the airbag recalls. pressing too hard pushes the switch in past its retaining top trim and into the console body.
your console is fine! its the switch, its two piece. one piece is a top trim and the other is a body. you can probably find the trim pieces in the console and glue back together with epoxy. i then sprayed it black. i did this about a year half ago been fine. but if you press hazards again be gently, or it might break trim again and fall down.
looking on eBay you can get a new one for like $12 shipped. if need be I would go this route next time and not hassle again. bmw doesnt sell the little trim separately and how often do you really use the hazards. aftermarket switch should be fine.
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Pretty common problem from what I've seen. In my case, I just unbolted the center console and pushed it back up through. Then I put a small piece of wood underneath the switch to hold it up in the proper place (there's only about a half inch of space between the bottom of the switch and the trans tunnel).
Sounds a bit 'ghetto', but it is rock-solid in place, can never fall through again - and looks OEM from inside the cabin. Plus, it didn't cost me anything but maybe a half hour of my time...
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If only problem is its not staying in place. Hot glue will fix that.
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here is a closer look at the switch and the top bezel/surround. the switch body clips into the bezel and that being wider is what holds it in place when inserted into the console opening.
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The console holds it in placer, but the plastic that holds it in is thin and flimsy, most of the time it bends out of shape if you remove/replace it incorrectly. If that happens you can heat up the retaining clips on the bezel and push them back into position, then use hot glue to keep it in position.
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There's a chance the bottom dropped out of the switch, a common occurrence. When you get it out re-glue or put some tape over the bottom of the switch as pm.
^ this vid is a different issue of the bottom coming apart. although well meaning i HIGHLY suggest not making some hook and jamming it up, that increased chance of breaking the bezel. and a good chance of also scratching the buttons. looking closely at vid it appears bezel has been cracked at top section between hazard and door lock buttons.
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^ this vid is a different issue of the bottom coming apart. although well meaning i HIGHLY suggest not making some hook and jamming it up, that increased chance of breaking the bezel. and a good chance of also scratching the buttons. looking closely at vid it appears bezel has been cracked at top section between hazard and door lock buttons.
I realized that, but it still might be a good idea to reinforce the bottom of the switch.

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Pick up a beater console and a can of BMW Black LVP spray paint and one of adhesion promotor. Clean all the BMW soft surface off and re-spray - looks like new. Not hard. Not expensive. Crappy trim pieces are a dime a dozen.
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