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      07-21-2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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Question Stuck Radio Button/Spilt Drink :(

The "Mode" button gets stuck when I press it in, and pressing it in does not sound good. I am able to pry it back out with a little force from a razor blade. Yes, this is caused by a spilled drink. When the spill happened, I tried to get as much of the liquid out with napkins that I keep in the car, but I guess I did not do a good enough job.

The car has the 6 programmable buttons, plus the FM/AM and Mode buttons that comes with iDrive.

I read one thread about a stuck DTC button from a cola product, and they where able to fix the problem by getting access to behind the button by performing part of the TVandNAV2Go DIY. I looked through this DIY, and it looks like there is a faceplate for the CD/DVD/Button panel, but the buttons stay attached to the DVD and CD Drives/Radio unit that is behind the faceplate.

Does anyone have a suggestion for getting whatever gunk that is behind this button out?

I had thought about putting a bit of rubbing alcohol on the edge of a napkin and trying and cleaning it out that way, but I donít think it will work very well, but itís better than nothing. Taking it to the dealer would be my last resort, as this is probably not covered under the warrantee, and I would hate to pay for a whole CD/DVD unit just for 1 button.

Thanks for any help!
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Don't bother with alcohol -- soda is (obviously ) water-soluble.

What you need to do is take apart the control panel, clean all the buttons, and put it back together. I've done it on aftermarket stereos and my E34 window switches but not in the E90. Shouldn't be too big a deal.
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      07-25-2008, 04:28 AM   #3
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I had the same problem once...

...and I solved it by spraying windex liberally on and around the buttons so as to flush the gunk out, and it worked.
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      07-25-2008, 10:52 PM   #4
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GL cleaning it ....oh put this thread in the Detailing section, u will get more response
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I read one thread about a stuck DTC button from a cola product, and they where able to fix the problem by getting access to behind the button by performing part of the TVandNAV2Go DIY
That would be me and after I fixed the DTC button I realized I too have the same problem. My first 3 radio preset buttons have cola (or some sort of sticky liquid) in there as well. Honestly I rarely EVER use those buttons but considering Im anal I too need to fix those. It was imperative that I fix the DTC button since I almost always turn that off (I wish I could make it default to off ).

I think that the front of the radio panel pops off by using a wedge but I have yet to get in there. Maybe one of these days soon I will do it and when I do Ill post a write up about it.
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      07-28-2008, 01:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the ideas so far! I have not tried anything too drastic yet. I washed the exterior and inside windows this weekend, so I took a bit of time to use some Glass Plus(non-amonia for the tinted windows on another car) around the button, but I was not very liberal with it. The button getting stuck only improved slightly, if at all. I will try next with some Windex. I will also try compressed air. I am still wary about removing the faceplate because I think the buttons will not be exposed enough. If I used the button more often, I would consider getting to the faceplate via the TVandNAV2Go DIY.

Thankfully, the button still does what it is supposed to, so its just a matter getting the gunk out.
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+112221534 my rule exactly!
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