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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-30-2014, 09:11 PM
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OBC Display disappeared

Usually when Im driving I have my OBC reading my MPG then the other day the display screen just stopped working. When I start car it will tell me to buckle my seat belt then it will go blank. It recently told me that my washer fluid is low around the same time the display quit working but I was not messing with any buttons or doing anything other than daily driving. Does anyone have any idea what this problem may be? When I turn car off the display will light up again with an arrow pointing right then turn off which is also new.

Someone, Please Help!

(I can upload pictures if that would help someone understand the situation better?)
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:44 AM
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:52 AM
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It may be the infamous ribbon cable, but this generally just causes missing pixels.

Check with vdorepair.com
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:43 PM
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When it rains out,youll get it back on maybe.
Other wise,try the attitude adjustment smack on the top of the head.

Ribbons/pixels,short in pixel paper

Sometimes a hard reset will fix it. Shutting car off/alarm on/ wait 5min alarm off get back in etc etc.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:51 PM
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Here are pics of what's going on. Start car: it reads buckle seat belt then everything goes black. Then after some driving my washer fluid light comes on then goes black. Then an arrow on the left side will appear, then one on the right will appear..
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:08 PM
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It may be the infamous ribbon cable, but this generally just causes missing pixels.

Check with vdorepair.com
Thank you for the link, I will check it out more thoroughly in a bit. Have you dealt with this company before? My pixels are really bad so Im hoping it plays into that and not something worse.

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When it rains out,youll get it back on maybe.
Other wise,try the attitude adjustment smack on the top of the head.

Ribbons/pixels,short in pixel paper

Sometimes a hard reset will fix it. Shutting car off/alarm on/ wait 5min alarm off get back in etc etc.
Im not sure I could ever hit this powerful machine, maybe a "love tap"

Can you please explain a Hard Reset in more depth, I don't understand the alarm on alarm off part.... my alarm engages when I lock the car...
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:15 AM
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A hard reset is disconnecting the battery for 10-15 min. I would try that. Its free, and may fix the issue.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:56 AM
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A hard reset is disconnecting the battery for 10-15 min. I would try that. Its free, and may fix the issue.
Ahh, yes. I will try that and report back
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:42 AM
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do any messages appear when you depress the button on the end of the turn signal stalk?
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:54 AM
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Update: hard reset, problem fixed. Thanks everyone for their input.
Need to replace cable ribbon now!
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