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Necessary preliminary tasks:
Remove rear compartment fresh air grill.

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

Release screws (1).

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

Version without eject box:
Open center armrest (1) and remove storage tray (2) at same time.

Replacement:

Remove armrest from cover on center armrest.
Version with eject box:
Disconnect plug connection(s) for eject box

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

If necessary, detach plug connection (1) with holder from center armrest (2).

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

Remove both springs (1) on left/right from center armrest (2).Installation:

Ensure ends of springs are in correct position.

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

Raise center armrest and drive out split pin (1) on left/right from inside outwards.

Installation:

Fit split pin (1) with notch facing outwards in hinge (2).

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

Pull swivel arms (1) forwards.

Lever out trim(s) (2) and feed cable (3) out of swivel arms (1).

Removing and installing, replacing center armrest sliding unit BMW X5 E53

Remove center armrest (1) from storage tray (2).

Replacement:

Remove armrest from cover on center armrest.