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      12-11-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Lost a jelly bean - need help getting it out!

I was moving my son's car seat and a jellybean (I think that's what it was) fell out and rolled right into the opening for the latch connector - the one next to the rear door on the driver's side. I can't see or feel it if I stick my finger in. I know most wouldn't care but I'm a little paranoid about food rotting in the car and I've heard stories of mice getting into the car and chewing on wires. I know we have had mice in the garage.

I can't see how to get in there and don't want to destroy anything. Anyone have any suggestions.
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Fold seats down and look from trunk?

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If you mean it's under the seat bottom, just move your hands to center of the seat cushion and pull towards the roof firmly. There are 2 clips that hold the seat bottom to the car. Look for it under there. Btw there aren't any wires there. It just may melt in the summer time and be sticky or gummy
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If you mean it's under the seat bottom, just move your hands to center of the seat cushion and pull towards the roof firmly. There are 2 clips that hold the seat bottom to the car. Look for it under there. Btw there aren't any wires there. It just may melt in the summer time and be sticky or gummy
I actually don't know where the latch connector opening leads to. Could be under the seat. Tried looking from trunk and lifting trunk floor cover but can not get access to that space. There are in fact wires visible through the latch connector opening. I will try to lift up the seat cushion and see what I see. Will post back. Thanks for the input. I realize this is a rather silly thread and I'm fully expecting some mockery.
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So is the entire back seat cushion one piece? That's what it appears to be. I just pull firmly upwards and the whole thing comes off? Just don't want to break anything.
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May be silly but I would want it out too. Rather not haver it melt in the car and become sticky.
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May be silly but I would want it out too. Rather not haver it melt in the car and become sticky.
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doc, can you post a couple of pics so we can see it?
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doc, can you post a couple of pics so we can see it?
There is nothing to see if you have noticed your latch sites before. When I look in I can not see anything other than space and some wiring. For those that do not know where the latch connectors are here is an annotated pic from BMWUSA. The latch sites have plastic doors that lift up to get access to the connector and the jelly bean or whatever it is fell in there.

I saw a video on youtube of lifting up and off the entire rear seat cushion on an e90. Assuming it's similar for f30 and will try it tonight.
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Jelly beans don't smell when they rot and the chances mices will infest your car are pretty low. The worst case is that the latch attach will get sticky, but do you manipulate it that much?
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So is the entire back seat cushion one piece? That's what it appears to be. I just pull firmly upwards and the whole thing comes off? Just don't want to break anything.
ok yea, from the pic u posted, YES you have to pull up the seat cushion. it is ONE piece. u will then see the whole thing easily slides out. It will sound like a loud pop sound but dont worry, its not going to break.. pull firm and towards the roof...side the seat out a bit without removing the seat belt bolts and look or feel around.

there are cutouts for all the seatbelt holders and latches...u will see it when u pull...only 2 clips holding the entire seat bottom. exactly like e90
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Got it!! Lifting seat cushion was a snap. It was actually not a jelly bean but a fruit snack gummy thing. THANKS!!
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Got it!! Lifting seat cushion was a snap. It was actually not a jelly bean but a fruit snack gummy thing. THANKS!!
Glad you got it out before it showed up on the carfax!!
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Sorry bout that lmao it's quite a funny thread tho. I've got one of those high power vacumms.. think it should suck the shit out of it
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