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Has anyone replaced a SMG paddle on the steering wheel ? What is the process to replace them ? My left (-) side doesn't work correctly so I just ordered a new one.

There is a small hex head screw on the back of the lower part of the wheel. I know I need to disconnect the battery so the air bag doesn't go off.

Any other tricks ? 
 

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Good info on this link Removal & fitting of E60 lower trim cover - MY MOTIV BMW



Removal & fitting of E60 lower trim cover

* Posted by Bespoke Division on November 26, 2009 at 7:24pm in BMW model information & owners' articles
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This is for the removal & fitting of the lower trim cover of a E60 sport steering wheel.

First the steering wheel


If you look at the bottom of the steering wheel (back side) you will see a small hole,


You will need something that fits that small hole but it has to be blunt or a straight cut tool to push in there, when you push the tool inside it will stop now push a lttile harder & you will see the the airbag release.


Once the airbag is released pull it forward & move it to one side but
DO NOT UNPLUG THE WIRES CONNECTED TO THE AIRBAG

You will now see the inside of the steering wheel, there is 2 torque screws. 1 is top left & the other is top right.

Unscrew these


Now if you pull the bottom the lower trim towards you it will come out.


Now you have the trim out, if you look at the back of this you will see that there is another 4 torque screws, 2 on the left & 2 on the right button backs.
Unscrew these.


Now the lower cover is apart from the upper part you are now done the removal stage, all you have to do is this procedure in reverse until you get back to puting these 2 torques screws back in.


Once these are done up all you have to do is push the airbag back in & you will hear it clip in & you are now done.
 
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