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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 11-21-2014, 01:43 AM
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instrument cluster warning text not working

I don't get these warning messages anymore! http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=536513

My car is an 01 540i. A while back I hit a curb and the driver side door panel airbag went off and thus triggered the battery safety terminal (BST) (device that severs the battery wire for power when in an accident to prevent fires). New controls etc. and BST replaced.

Basically post getting my car back I have noticed:
1. DRL (inner yellow bulbs) have been disabled, which I don't mind.
2. Some MID pixels missing but no worries with that either.
3. Key in ignition or door open its normal to hear a beeping sound however I do NOT have that anymore.
4. Main reason for this thread, no warning text such as "fasten seat belts" "headlights on" etc.

ANY ideas would be appreciated to get my warning messages/texts back.

I am clueless when it comes to electrical or programming of these cars, my best guess is while the car sat for a couple months without power (BST severing any power) when it finally got power maybe it was a sudden surge of electricity that something went wrong? Maybe the cluster got reset? Do I need to get a dealer to recode my cluster? Maybe a shortage/fuses went out?

Thanks!

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Old 11-21-2014, 05:02 AM
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Smells to me like burned fuse(s)...
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:40 AM
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I would guess that they did some coding after replacing the airbag and warnings got disabled. Warnings can be disabled by coding. You don't need to go to the dealer. You can code it yourself with programs like NCS Expert and BMW scanner. Maybe a near by forum member could code it for you or you could visit BMW INDY.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:35 AM
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Smells to me like burned fuse(s)...
I only know of the fuses in the trunk and glove box. I'll check all of them, are there any other locations?

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I would guess that they did some coding after replacing the airbag and warnings got disabled. Warnings can be disabled by coding. You don't need to go to the dealer. You can code it yourself with programs like NCS Expert and BMW scanner. Maybe a near by forum member could code it for you or you could visit BMW INDY.
Hmm I'll call up or drop by some shops that specialize in BMW in my area hopefully someone will know what they're doing.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:50 AM
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...My car is an 01 540i. A while back I hit a curb and the driver side door panel airbag went off and thus triggered the battery safety terminal (BST) (device that severs the battery wire for power when in an accident to prevent fires). ...

Basically post getting my car back I have noticed:
  • Key in ignition or door open its normal to hear a beeping sound however I do NOT have that anymore.
  • no warning text such as "fasten seat belts" "headlights on" etc.

ANY ideas would be appreciated to get my warning messages/texts back.

Thanks!
The warnings that appear in the instrument cluster come from the LCM (light check module) which is a module that combined the function of the old LM (lamp module) and CCM (check control module). If you aren't receiving warnings...you may want to check the condition of the LCM or the connection between it and the IKE (instrument cluster electronics).






The GONG is located below the dash (can't remember if its on the driver or passenger side on the e39. But if your cluster is UNLOCKED...you can do TEST 13 to see if the gong is working. Here's a link to a video of TEST 13: http://tinyurl.com/p7vamsv




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Old 11-21-2014, 05:15 PM
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Thank you very much your information is helping a lot!

From your post I assume that the warning messages are part of the LCM and those are separate from the ding sounds when the key is in or door is open etc.

Anyways how does one start with checking the condition of the LCM? Is it just physically looking at it/cables connection to IKE(cluster)? I found the location of the LCM with a quick google search.
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