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Old 08-06-2014, 01:16 AM
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Dash Digital Character Gone & Gauges Not Working

Feb 1989 525i M20, 146k miles.

Recently, all of the digital characters and numbers have disappeared from my dash, including the Odometer and the transmission symbols (P, R, D, etc). The backlights still work for them, but the digital characters are missing.

Also, my fuel indicator, mpg gauge and engine temp gauge are all not working and stuck to the extreme left of their respective dials.

All other internal lights, dash and otherwise work, as do my mph and rpm gauges.

Not sure if this is related, but for the last month, my headlights have been erratically not turning on when I flip the switch. The side lights, indicators (signals), high beams, fog lights, rear lights, all work, but the headlights only work intermittently. Sometimes they'll turn on fine; sometimes not at all; and sometimes after I've been driving for a bit, they'll just turn on (with the switch left at the on position).

Any thoughts what might be the problem and if the two problems are related? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:08 PM
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Bump. Anyone got any clues? I ready on BMWe34.net about something similar and the capacitors needed to be changed on the board. That seems like a huge amount of work.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:12 PM
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I would start on loose plugs and bad earths. Then get on to the more tricky stuff. Not only dash plugs but also LCM and all other plugs. Check for bent pins and tarnish too.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:15 PM
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I should have updated this months ago, but solved the problem pretty easily: Fuse #20 on the main fuse box under the hood had blow. Replaced it and working now. Unfortunately, my check engine light will not turn on for the few seconds during the key cycle, which is screwing me up from getting a smog test...
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