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  1. #26
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    You need to disassemble the cluster and search for a loose or cracked solder on the circuit board. It's possible that one of the plug pins is damaged on the cluster side or connector. You'll need to do some exploratory surgery to fix this one.

  2. #27
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    I have the demonic cluster too. I guess it's time to explore...yea!!!
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  3. #28
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    helo jduria
    its been amazing how your suggestion worked.let me start from my problem.one fine day while driving suddendly my ambient temperature started shwoing - 40 degres and in no time my whole panel stopped working (totally blank) . since i was close to BMW showroom i just drove till there as the car was working still fine. and to my utter disappointment those guys had no clue and just resided on putting it on diagnostics which would take anything from 800 rands hourly.i returned. since the car was fine i kept driving with in town risking my self without indicators. the guy at local garage also checked the fuse individually and said fuses are fine.here i want to mwntion that two days back(before this incident) my wife bumped in to parking payvements and soemthing broke from left front lower side near the wheel. i guess thst was sensor.i pushed that inside and continued. later on i checked this forum and came to this understanding that because of that sensor there was some electrical mismatch leading to blank control panel.thats when i did exactly what you had advised...and bingo,....everything back on.....thanks a lot for saving my money....the temperture is still wonky to +50 degrees. but i think gotto change the sensor.that will fix the whole problem

  4. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by telijah View Post
    Yes, but what are you're options if the cluster is bad...? Maybe, MAYBE, you can source a cluster from a junk lot, and if you are able to, transplant to specific mechanical gauges over? But why go through that if you for sure do not know the root cause? You've done a lot more than most would have already before deciding to get another cluster, so I think for peace of mind, have a dealer run the cluster is not a bad idea at this point.
    my cluster is acting up aswell.... eBay has them for 100$... U might have to have the OdO coded

  5. #30
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    My coolant temp gauge runs all over the place.... To say the least... My tach stays lit just a bit when car is off... And... My clock goes into 24 hour mode in hi speed reverse... Anyone else had this happen ? Soecifically he coolant temp gauge ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oposum View Post
    Was good for about 5 days, now the gremlins are back This is how it looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_mlgoAIfSc When i turn off the lights and hit on the dash (above the cluster), things go back to normal. And on the end of the video you can see about 1 sec delay of lights turning off when i remove the key from the ignition. I ordered a new ignition switch, hoping it will solve all this bulls***!
    it's because when u switched the batter it gave it a "battery reset" which can temporarily fix little issues like this...

  7. #32
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    Instrument cluster not working. Battery possible cause?

    Hi guys
    Having trouble with my instrument cluster it completely stopped working over night my interior light was left on so battery was ran low but not dead. Switched it on and suddenly realised with no back light and no gauges working, only lights to appear were abs and seatbelt light in bottom right corner of cluster. Also OBC not working.

    Does this mean my cluster is f**cked? There must be power getting to it as it still gets the 2 lights appear (abs and seatbelt).
    Any help appreciated

  8. #33
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    Hi guys,

    I have spend 3 hours on the web, in a search of a similar problem, but nothing so far. First to apologize for re opening the cluster subject but I'm desperate. The problem is, recently bought 2002 E46 320d compact as a second car. Love it too much, as all E46 I had, and this never happened before. Days already saying to my wife how the diesel scale is almost not moving from the middle of the tank. She corrected me that we have the half tank bcs we don't drive it too much. After 100 km in the city it had to move. No, it stayed in the middle and today I checked the speed I'm going, it was not even close to 120km/h. I pulled over, turned the car off, and the KM scale went to 65km/h, instead on zero!!! First thing it popped on my mind is to enter the OBC and do the cluster test. Everything was fine except the KM odometer, which worked but it started from 65km/h and instead of finishing just after 240, it went allllllll the way into the empty black field way after 240km/h. I stopped the test function,Ii took out the key, and the the scale went down on 20 something. Since then its there. I'm thinking, maybe the AC could be the reason, last two days I tested is it functional at all. The complete car is in a mint condition, as I took it from a first and only owner, from Germany, made in Germany and so on. Most of the parts are still the factory parts, as there were no need to change anything. Sorry for going into details, but I love that car too much. Before going into the service, maybe somebody can help me...thanks a lot....

  9. #34
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    I had similar problem when I replaced front side windows regulator and the battery was disconnected for 30 min. The instrument cluster didn't work, A/C also, but car was running. SO, I run the car about 30min and some noise (as a running electrical motor) from cluster area was heared, and everything started again.
    May be the computer was reset when it was without power and short drive brought it back.

  10. #35
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    If you need a new cluster, buy the "BMW scanner" for $13 on eBay. You can change the vin and odo to match so you can use the cluster.
    Add in NCS expert and bam, you can use a used cluster.

    I did an lkm in under 5 minutes, including program installation time .
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  11. #36
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    Hi , I have a BMW 2000 323i that I just jumped start the car , the min. I did the Gage's stopped working , I followed all the tips here but no luck , help plz

  12. #37
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    I did the cluster test , all the lights came on but the Gage's didn't move, do I need a new cluster.

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