Radio Short-Rod Aerial BMW 3 Series E36/C (Cabrio)

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BMW Installation Instructions

Radio Short-Rod Aerial BMW 3 Series E36/C (Cabrio)

Specialised knowledge is required.

Installation time is approx. 2.5 hours, though this may vary depending on the condition of the vehicle and its fittings.

General Information

Instructions and illustrations are given for left-hand drive models. Certain work steps must be carried out in mirror-image fashion for right-hand drive models.

Remove all drillings thoroughly, burr drilled edges and coat with inorganic zinc paint.

Newly fitted metal parts and areas affected by welding, new cavities, seams, grooves etc. must be sealed with a

BMW-approved preservation agent.

When laying cable in the vehicle, make sure that it is not crushed, wound up or otherwise damaged. Malfunctions might otherwise occur, the subsequent rectification of which can involve extensive work. The costs generated in such a case cannot be reimbursed by BMW.

Check the designated installation position before starting work.

Use only installation parts approved by BMW.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) depend on the equipment of the vehicle and are only fitted as standard in certain models and on certain national markets, or are available as optional extras or special equipment.

These installation instructions are subject to technical alterations.

Tools and materials required

Regular screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Ratchet with 1/2″ drive
1/2″ extension
1/2″ drive socket, A/F 8 mm, 10 mm, 17 mm
Torque wrench
Torx key
Ring spanner, A/F 10 mm, 13 mm
Open-jawed spanner, A/F 10 mm, 13 mm
Drill
Twist drill bit, dia. 3.5 mm, 6.5 mm
Stepped drill bit, dia. 8-20 mm, 16-30.5 mm
Hammer
Centre punch
Tape measure
Water-soluble marker pen
Paint brush
Inorganic zinc paint
Round file

Contents

Chapter

  1. Removing Parts and General Vehicle Preparation
  2. Laying Aerial Cable
  3. Installing Radio Short-Rod Aerial

1. Removing Parts and General Vehicle Preparation

  1. Remove driver seat
  2. Print out fault memories
  3. Disconnect battery
  4. Remove luggage-compartment floor mat, luggage­ compartment partition panelling and rear-right luggage-compartment panelling
  5. Remove bottom-left instrument panelling
  6. Remove glove compartment
  7. Remove centre console
  8. Remove storage compartment and analog clock* or multi-information display*
  9. Remove rear seat and rear-seat backrest
  10. Remove cover strip from left side sill

2. Laying Aerial Cable

Single-component radios only

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Remove hexagon nuts (1) under driver seat and remove split rivets (2). Remove front wiring-harness sheathing (3).

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Remove hexagon nuts (1) in front of rear-seat bench and remove split rivets (2). Remove rear wiring-harness sheathing (3).

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Lay aerial cable (1) under carpet to radio installation point and secure with cable straps (2).

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Laying aerial cable to aerial installation point.

  1. Lay cable on gearbox tunnel.
  2. Lay cable in front of cross-member floor panel.
  3. Lay cable with side wiring harness along left side sill.
  4. Lay cable through protective sleeve then underneath soft-top compartment at luggage-compartment partition panelling then to right wheel house and through cable channel to aerial installation point.

Dual-component radios only

(Radio Bavaria Professional and Professional RDS)

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Connect aerial cable (1) to receiver (2) and lay to aerial installation point at rear right of vehicle.

Both radio variants

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Lay control line (1) (white), tied back at radio wiring harness,

and aerial cable (2) through shaft (3) into luggage compartment.

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Secure aerial cable (1) and control line (2) (white) to bodywork.

3. Installing Radio Short-Rod Aerial

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Close luggage-compartment cover (1). Mark out bore point (2) on right side section (3) and mark with centre punch. Drill through bore point (2) with a twist drill bit, dia. 3.5 mm, and enlarge bore-hole diameter to 22 mm with stepped drill bit. Read drilling instructions on page 2. Insert rubber retaining element (4) into bore hole.

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Attach aerial amplifier (1) to bracket (2).

Secure earth cable (3) to bracket (2) with clamping screw (4).

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Press aerial amplifier (1) and bracket from below into rubber retaining element (2).

Secure bracket (3) to body panel with hexagon-head screw. Connect aerial cable (4) and control line (5) (white) to aerial amplifier (1).

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Screw in short-rod aerial (1).

Reinstall all removed parts in reverse sequence. Reconnect vehicle battery.

Enter code for radio in accordance with radio operating instructions.

Carry out test for correct operation.

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