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Thread: Vertical Plastic Tray below right rear seat ?

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    Default Vertical Plastic Tray below right rear seat ?

    On both my E34s I seem to have a vertical black plastic tray beneath the right rear seat (not under the seat, just below it) and you can pop the top off and there's what looks like a 10mm bolt.

    i only noticed this as when inspecting one of the cars I noticed a hole there and in the boot were the plastic bits and bolt which fitted in there.

    Now can someone please tell me what the hell this is for ?

    I also found a round tool in the boot with these bits that looks a bit like a round chrome 'allen key, but without any hex, its just round' - anyone know what this is and if its connected to the 'hole' or vertical tray ?

    Cheers.
    1994 E34 530i MTech UK 137,000 Miles 45,000 on Alusil

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    It is the negative battery cable junction block, the tool is to hang the wheel on when changing tires.
    Last edited by Ross; 09-12-2006 at 09:29 AM. Reason: add
    "The gas pedal wouldn't go to the floor if it weren't meant to be there"

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    Ah, OK. Couldn't see any electrics in there though, just a bolt. If you want to tap into the negative using this, do you just connect to the bolt then ?

    Cheers.
    1994 E34 530i MTech UK 137,000 Miles 45,000 on Alusil

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    Since the battery is beneath the seat this is provided as an easy way to disconnect things if you want. I suppose you could hook things up here but the positive is still under the seat.
    "The gas pedal wouldn't go to the floor if it weren't meant to be there"

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    Ahhh, just an earth point I guess. Many thanks for satisfying my curiosity. Cheers.
    1994 E34 530i MTech UK 137,000 Miles 45,000 on Alusil

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    scroll down to almost the end, there you see how it looks inside
    http://ow.no/index.php?option=conten...d=90&Itemid=78

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    OK thanks ! What I dont get is why the plate/tray was removed in the 1st place and shoved in the boot ! Well nevermind, its all back together now.
    1994 E34 530i MTech UK 137,000 Miles 45,000 on Alusil

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    So when they tell you to disconnect the negative ground on the battery before doing work, is it acceptable to disconnect this and be safe?
    1990 535i
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    If it has **** or tires, you are going to have problems.

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    i have always wondered what that was!Sheesh three years and still learning new stuff.I love this car!
    Gone but not forgotten

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    Same here!

    E34s are full of surprises

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