Step 3: Locate pairing button
connection underneath cup holders and coin tray.
Purpose: Connect pairing button.
Tools Needed: None.
As I mentioned in the
I did not have to remove my entire center console which most
others (including the BMW instructions) will tell you to do. This made my install much,
much easier and
with no risk of damage to my gear shift base or center console. The
three main reasons I did not have to remove my center console are:
1. I did not use the Bluetooth antenna mounting bracket, 2.
I did not cut a hole in my center console for the pairing button, and
3. I found the pairing button connection (illustrated in picture 1
below) easily underneath the cup holders.
The first picture below shows the center
console with the cup holders and coin tray removed. As you can see the
black sheathing (#1) that contains the pairing button connection was
Using gentle force wiggle the black
sheathing out from underneath the center console as shown in picture 2.
You can see in picture 1 & 2 that I removed the parking brake boot from
the center console. This is very easy to do and it allowed me to
stick my fingers underneath the center console through the parking break
area. This made for easy manipulation of the black sheathing containing
the pairing button connection.
Unwrapping the black sheathing you'll find
two connectors. The pairing button connector (#3) and another purple
FAKRA connector (#2) as seen in picture 3. I believe this other purple
FAKRA connector has to do with the "wired" phone connection installation
and is not needed for Bluetooth.
As seen in picture 4 below, connect the
pairing button (#4) to the 18 pin pairing button connector (#3). You
can't just push them together to connect them. There is a lever on the
pairing button connector that needs to be rotated 90 degrees, then
insert the pairing button, and finally rotate the lever back to it's
original position to lock the connection in place.
Using the black sheathing re-wrap the
unused purple FAKRA connector and the pairing button connector as seen
in picture 5 below.
Neatly tuck everything into the center
console as shown in picture 6. You are technically done with the center
console part of the installation. Do not re-install the cup holders or
coin tray yet. You will need to pair your phone with the Bluetooth
system using the pairing button at the end of this installation.