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Old 11-02-2001, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hi,

Finally got my new TS today... (see post on dealers and SoCal forums)

First gripe: the stupid door chime is driving me effing NUTS. I want to get at the chime and disconnect it, but it's somewhere unknown under the driver's side of the dashboard.

Can anybody PLEASE help me disconnect the chime?

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Old 11-02-2001, 07:08 PM   #2
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Of course your gonna be missing that chime the first time you lock yer keys in the car...
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Old 11-02-2001, 07:36 PM   #3
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Knock on wood, but I've had a spare key taped to the underside of my BMW for seven and a half years and not used it once. I've also never left the lights on and drained the battery. I also can figure out to put my seatbelt on without the effing safety-nazi-inspired bells and flashing red lights.
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Old 11-02-2001, 10:16 PM   #4
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There should be a little push sensor that gets activated as the key goes in or out of the key cylinder. So remove the trim, look under the key cylinder and it should be easy to find and disconnect.
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...or, look behind the trim panel below the steering column- there is a white box near where your left knee would be. Just unplug the connector going into it (it might be a different color than white- it's white on the RS's).

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Old 11-03-2001, 02:05 AM   #6
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Thanks!

Will go little white box hunting tomorrow morning at first light... If it doesn't work or I can't figure it out I'll post again.
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Old 11-03-2001, 02:47 PM   #7
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North Ursalia,

I can't find it.

I got up under the dashboard, but there are white boxes everywhere, in fact, there's nothing but white boxes of different shapes and sizes.

I'm tempted to just start trial-and-erroring by disconnecting them one-by-one with the key in the ignition and the goddamned chime running until the chime quits but this seems rather medieval.

Could you please tell me what size of white box I'm looking for, more specifically where it's located, and what sorts of wiring would be running into and out of it?

Also, did a head-stand in the driver's footwell to look... do I need to take the trim off the lower dash to do this? And if so, are there more screws holding it in place than the three I can see?

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It's a black box on my '02 2.5 TS.

It's about the size and shape of a walkman, just left and behind and the steering column, with two plugs running into it, one blue and one grey.
Disconnecting either of the plugs easily kills the chime, but also knocks out the power door locks. I probably could've cut a single wire to knock out just the chime, but I don't have a service manual (yet) or a wiring diagram so I didn't know which one.
The other alternative would be to tape over the holes in the module to quiet the chime, but I wanted it gone...

So to disable the chime...

Note: I am CERTAIN that this voids the warranty if you ever have power door lock or ignition problems... If you screw up my car based on my advice, it's not my fault.

Remove the lower dash trim piece. There's a half-turn screw on the left side (in the door joint) and two black phillips-heads down low, get all those out and the trim piece will kind of flop around, still attached at the top. Pull firmly on the top edge, it'll pop out, there're three snap-in/snap-out buttons that hold it in place there.

Once you've got the trim off, you can bend the bracket of the chime module enough to get at the 10mm nut that holds it bracketed to the underside of the dashboard. Remove the module so you can work on it (disconnect both plugs first).

Pry the black front off the module, leaving the grey socket, it takes some work with a flat head screwdriver. Once that's out of the way, you can see the circuit board inside the black module housing. Grab the grey socket with a pair of pliers and tug the whole thing out of the black housing.

The chime is the big black cylinder at the back of the circuit board. Gently pry it off the circuit board with a pocket knife and discard it.

That's it. You might plug the blue and grey plugs into the naked circuit board to make sure that the chime does NOT come on and that the power door locks DO work. Then put everything back together. There shouldn't be any evidedence that you screwed with the car, except the chime NEVER comes on.
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