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DKHarrison 01-19-2013 04:58 PM

Water damage to on-board display
Water damage to on-board display


The window on my 1997 BMW 328ic E36 M52 was left open during a windy-rainy night, and when I found it the next morning, the inside was totally dripping wet!

Now the display (clock, consumption info, temperature display, etc) is just a foggy blur.

Can anyone advise me on how this can possibly be fixed (dryed out) or whatever?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, D

hornhospital 01-19-2013 06:20 PM

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You could put one of these in there and park it in the sun.... :dunno:

dc_wright 01-19-2013 06:21 PM

Ideally you remove it and put it in your oven at 160F for about an hour. If you don't want to remove it, you can use a hair dryer to warm it in the car, but you need to be very careful not to get it too hot.

ZeGerman 01-19-2013 07:41 PM

I'd just take the 10 seconds required to remove the OBC, pour the contents of the DampRid into a disposable baking pan, and then place the OBC on a tray (or piece of foil, etc.) in the middle, and then cover the pan with a lid (or foil) to seal it off. Leave it there for a few days and hopefully most of the moisture will have been pulled out.

The rest of the car's interior could probably stand to have a DampRid or two left in there for a bit, too.

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