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DIY - How to remove the E91 Antenna Diversity module
Published by muffking
02-08-2012
DIY - How to remove the E91 Antenna Diversity module

Below is a brief tutorial on how to remove the E91 Antenna Diversity module which corrodes through getting wet, causing radio reception and/or remote central locking problems.

1. Open the glass window and pop off the 5 plastic screw covers with a small flat screwdriver.
2. Where the 5 covers were are two T20 Torx screws, remove them.
Two grey/white clips, use thin pliers to pull the centre pins out and to remove the clips.
The centre hole just has a 10mm nut which can be removed with a 10mm socket on the end of a bar.
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3. Close the glass window as the spoiler will now be loose.
4. Pull the spoiler down and then lift it away from the window.
5. Only the brake light wire from the spoiler and the water pipe for the rear window washer jet will keep the spoiler attached.
6. Remove the T20 Torx screws from the cover where the wires go in to, this will reveal the Diversity module.
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7. Below is a picture of the Diversity module that controls the radio antenna.
It should have numbers such as 6520-6934846-06.
8. To remove it simply unplug all connectors and unscrew the two 8mm nuts.
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9. Dry the whole thing out, try to remove the corrosion (perhaps with a dry toothbrush) and hope it works. Failing that, a replacement will cost around 200 from a main dealer.

n.b. When refitting a new one, run a bead of silocone around the top cover to seal it from the rain next time as BMW didn't seem to have done a good job sealing the ones on the E91 & E61.
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By raddersmanu on 06-04-2012, 08:58 AM
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Have now removed spoiler to look at diversity module with a view to getting the part number and passing onto a helpfull spares dealer on ebay trying to match one close on specification but I was rather dissapointed to find no signs of water contamination at all it looks as clean as when it left the factory? So now Iam wondering if it is the amplifier at all causing my central locking not to work what else could it be ? any suggestions.
The central locking works off the dash button and when the emergency key is used, I only have one remote so can not try another.
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By kowalski on 02-04-2013, 09:01 AM
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same problem

last week same thing happened to my car with only difference that after it was left standing for over 24 hours it started working again but just for a few days as it has stopped working again. Did you find out what the problem was with your car?
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By muffking on 02-04-2013, 06:01 PM
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Yep, corrosion on the circuit board. After the snow had melted you'll probably find that it's drowning in water and is on borrowed time. It may be time to get the hairdryer in there quick.
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By kowalski on 02-05-2013, 01:35 AM
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thanks - I had a go but stopped when I realised that pulling the screw covers off requires more force than the amount I felt comfortable applying. thanx for the advise re the hairdryer but I'd rather do it properly - spoiler off - so I'll take it to a garage this afternoon.
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By kowalski on 02-06-2013, 10:59 AM
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update:

Been to the garage but they can't tell without taking the spoiler off whether it's water damage or damaged wires (apparently a common fault on tourings).

However, removing the rubber wire cover from the glass panel revealed a bit of corrosion and I now have the car booked to sort that and investigate next week.

As the corrosion seems to have been there for a while with no visible signs it is probably a good idea for other touring owners to investigate theirs as well.
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By kowalski on 03-28-2013, 09:16 AM
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Update 2

As it turned out there was no visible corrosion damage to the module and no split wires were found. The module simply died... Had it changed by the garage and everything is working again.
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By muffking on 03-28-2013, 04:05 PM
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Glad to hear it. Damaged wires is less common than a faulty diversity unit, but the usual signs are water in the module housing. Either way im glad you found it.
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hi i need to do this but cannot open the rear window to get at the last rubber plugs because its broken

any ideas would be appreciated greatly !!
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By muffking on 04-20-2014, 05:18 PM
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Youre jiggered unless you can remove the window trim on the inside and drill holes that line up with the screws?
My advice though would be to see if its possible to gain access to the lower tailgate panel between the tail lights and see if you can unlatch the glass door.
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By AndrewAB on 04-25-2014, 09:51 AM
bigboytom21 - you could try the glass opening switch/handle on the glass panel. I levered off the plastic top cover with a blade and inside is a foam pad with the switch contacts underneath on a ribbon cable. I tried squeezing then used the pressure of a blunt blade across the contacts inside the foam to get the glass to pop. I had to persevere for ages to get it to open. This may only work for a faulty switch, not sure.
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By AndrewAB on 04-25-2014, 09:57 AM
PS: Re. my post above. Remember the tailgate glass switch only operates with the car fully unlocked.
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Thank you e90post!

My remote stopped working after a period of rain but then a few days later started to work. Then it rained again and it stopped working one more time. Following these instructions saved me a pretty packet.

On opening up the spoiler it all seemed dry and on opening the waterproofed case it all seemed normal, so I wasn't sure what the problem was. Was it a) the diversity filter, b) the wiring loom or c) another electrical fault.

I hedged my bets and bought a salvaged diversity filter from eBay for about 110 (I figured I could probably resell it for a small loss if that wasn't the issue) and immediately the remote locking worked once again. Phew.

There are whole boot doors available on eBay as well as from various salvage yards around the UK, there are also the occasional diversity filter available too. Alternatively you can buy a new one from BMW for about 255 part only.

This little guide was great at helping get to the bottom of he problem, so thank you.
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