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Old 03-11-2010, 08:42 AM
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M3/SMG: Gear indicator in dash keeps blinking, advice?

Hello,

I just bought a 2004 M3 and a day after bringing it home the gear indicator on the dashboard started blinking when it is not in Neutral (if it's in neutral, it doesn't blink). I've tried resetting it from the manual instructions (coast at 20+ miles per hour in neutral while holding both paddles in for more than 2 seconds) but that had no effect. The car has about 36,600 miles on it and runs perfectly.

Can anyone give me some ideas on how to get it to stop blinking? One other note is that my flat tire indicator is staying on but I'm going to get a really good tire guage and check the pressure to start fixing that issue. I don't think these two issues are related but then again, I'm brand new to BMW so I'm hoping to get lucky here with your vast experience.

Thank you for any advice!!
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:40 AM
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I was able to find the answer.....rather simple thankfully.

Although the engine hood was closed, the latch was not completely in contact with the electrical sensor. I opened the hood and closed it a little harder and that fixed the blinking problem. What I found out was that the doors and trunk all have specific dashboard indicators if they are not completely closed. Anything else will cause the gear indicator to blink. Strange if you ask me but now that I know, I'm good with it.

As for my flat tire monitor staying on......and going to yellow when I press the button (just forward of the stick shifter). I had already added air to the tires and made sure they were pretty close in pressure but I didn't know how to reset this so...... after starting the car I held the flat tire monitor button in for more than 5 seconds and this made the alarm on the dash stay off.

Hopefully someone else will benefit from my post even though it's a simple issue.

Cheers!
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:47 AM
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:17 PM
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LOL. So your hood was open? There's no "completely closed" scenario. Either it's closed or it's not. If you have to slam your hood, then your sensor is not aligned correctly and may need adjustment
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Old 03-16-2010, 06:15 AM
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synenergy52 - Aligning the sensor is probably correct. This car was involved in a very low impact in the front so that makes a lot of sense. The repair job was very good and you would never know except for the carfax report. Fortunately I don't have to slam it hard....being the car is new to me I just wasn't firm enough. I'm still getting used to having a really great car, something I've never had before.

Emtri - If Rtfm is something about reading the manual, I did. There was no mention of anything helpful for either of the situations that I mention other than the typical "See your BMW center".
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