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Almost succeeded - can't remove SZL
I love the posts and the photos for your M5 SZL module/sensor repairs. Had this been available when I had my catastrophic electronics failure, it would've saved me $1200 about 3 years ago. I've started having Active Steering problems, and DSC warning lights come on peridically, and more frequently now, about every other day. REcently had an indy mech changed a battery due to other reasons, SMG pump replacement and brake vacuum pump replacement.
Found this and thought I'd give it a try, even though I have a 2005 545i. I got as far as taking all the screws out of the SMZ module, but couldn't lift the darn thing out of the column!! It looks slightly different from all the pics (of course), so I tried just about everything to wiggle that thing out, so I could open up the interior piece to see the goop to clean off...
Since it wouldn't lift out after all the screws came out (wondered if they glued the da*n thing in), I tried to open it up along the circular plastic piece, with all of its plastic tabs. I managed to break one (there's about 6 of them all the way around in the worst locations), and had to stop and put the whole thing back together again, as it's my DD and it was getting late.
What I noticed - it is very WET/oily inside the SMZ module. I HAVE to get inside to clean it, but I cannot figure out how to get the module lifted out!!
Anyone have more clues? I'll try again next weekend to see what I may have missed today - will certainly start earlier on a Saturday morning instead of a Sunday afternoon!
thanks in advance!