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Problem installing garage door opener... (archive)

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Posted by SL on April 15, 1999 at 10:39:40:

This was supposed to be easy. I cut the panel and installed the part just fine. When I tried to connect the cable, the connector didn't fit. Even though it is a 3-conductor and looks like it should fit, there is a tab on the connector that prevents it from fitting. So, I assumed I had found the phone mic connector and started searching for another. I can't find any other unused connectors. I reluctantly trimmed the tab from the connector I found and plugged it in but the opener wouldn't work.

I called Hendrick's BMW and they said they've never heard of this problem. They're supposed to check into it and call me back. I'm not too optimistic. Maybe if I can get answers to some of these questions, I can't figure it out:

1. From which side (driver or passenger) does the wire come from for the opener? Is it attached to one of the other cables (e.g. dome light, moonroof switch)?
2. What colors should the wires be leading to the connector?
3. Did the rest of you have 2 unused connectors--1 for the opener and 1 for the phone mic?
4. Any chance the right cable is hidden? Any suggestions for how to get behind the headliner to check (without causing damage)?

By the way, my car was built last month.

Any help will be most appreciated.

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