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      10-17-2020, 04:04 AM   #155
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I used your guide and it worked! Minor difference in my car were 3 cables going to the arm rest for a cell phone docking accessory. It was a lot of work to get to that little spring. I wish I could just buy a new spring rather than adjust the broken one. I hope it doesn’t break again. It took me a long time to do everything, but it will be much faster if I have to go back in again. What a pain for a tiny little spring!

An improvement to your guide would be with your step 10 on removing the gear selector unit. All you gotta do is turn the unit over and align the gear to line up the semi-round clip to the hole at the bottom. Once aligned you need to push the semi-round clip through from the bottom using a small screwdriver like the jeweler’s flathead. I hope that helps others attempting this.

Another minor improvement would be to move the passenger seat prior to disengaging the battery for the second item of step 4.

Thanks again, James!

Hi bro,

My car is the same as yours as there are three sensors at the back vent that need to be disconnected. However two of them can hardly be removed. Can you give me a hint on how to disconnect them?
And also, do we need to remove the vent tube as well? The guide doesn't mention so I didn't do. But it covers the selection gear so the gear cannot be lift up.

Thanks with regards
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      10-17-2020, 06:44 AM   #156
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Use a small flat screwdriver to disconnect those two connectors. The big one is easy to disconnect if you rotate the top stopper.
And yes, the plastic vents need to be removed.

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Hi bro,

My car is the same as yours as there are three sensors at the back vent that need to be disconnected. However two of them can hardly be removed. Can you give me a hint on how to disconnect them?
And also, do we need to remove the vent tube as well? The guide doesn't mention so I didn't do. But it covers the selection gear so the gear cannot be lift up.

Thanks with regards
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      11-06-2020, 11:44 AM   #157
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Thank you very much for your DIY. It helped me alot. Just completed this fix to my MINI F56 '15.

Cheers! Patrick (Netherlands).
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      11-18-2020, 02:31 PM   #158
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Another vehicle with same issue

Just in case anyone ever files a lawsuit for this, my 2016 BMW X1 has the exact same problem. BMW Customer Relations refused to offer any assistance. The vehicle has only 53,000 miles on it. The local dealership in Texas wants to charge $2,267.19 for a replacement. I even have an extended warranty, but of course, it doesn't cover this part. Last 7 of VIN: 5F65762.
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      12-03-2020, 01:11 PM   #159
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Since I had the problem for some time, I decided today and I unpacked and fixed it.
I used the guide (thanks to the one who made it). It lasted quite a long time (6-7 hours).

I kept looking for a spring but unfortunately I didn't find it. I did not have very precise information of dimensions etc , and even thought I searched the on internet for some days in a row, I didn't find anything.

The solution was to open the spring one more turn because it was broken and one arm was very short. In the end the error disappeared, hopefully it will not appear and the spring will resist.

I took pictures with more information about the size of the spring and i will attach some pictures.
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      01-11-2021, 08:13 AM   #160
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Did anybody measure the spring by any chance ?

Trying to gather myself to try this fix - there seem to be plenty of torsion springs on ebay - just need the wire thickness and hole diameter
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      03-18-2021, 10:30 AM   #161
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Found this and ordered it :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Torsion-Spr...gAAOSwmFFgTxuC
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      04-06-2021, 07:51 PM   #162
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This broken spring affected my wife's X1. Can't believe that BMW hasn't recalled this part yet, a $0.05 spring failing and creating a potential repair of over $1500

Anyway, I bought a spring from a seller in China, and did the repair myself.


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replacement springs on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Torsion-Spr...53.m1438.l2649

Wife's X1 is a MY '17 with 48k km on it.
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      04-09-2021, 10:59 AM   #163
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Thumbs up Solution for this issue is posted in autotechnician magazine

https://issuu.com/autotech9/docs/at_..._20/s/10947278
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