E36 Speedometer, Odometer, Fuel Gauge, MPG, Cruise Control Not Working
E36 instrument cluster. I removed my instrument/dial cluster to change the light bulbs for the odometer. When I put the thing back in, the speedometer, fuel gauge, MPG needle, odometer do not work. I think it's related to the black push-in connector on the back. If any are familiar with the dashboard dial cluster for an E36, there are 3 tabs you have to disconnect to get the thing out. A big white, big blue, and small black one. The small black one is roughly behind the fuel gauge. While I was putting this tab back, I broke one of the side 'clips' or whatever. The thing pops in and locks nicely, but I guess it's a bit finiky and needs to be 'seated' properly. I searched all over the net, and some ppl with very similar probs just 're-seated' the thing, and all was well. I'm pretty sure the black connector is the problem. I did the self test (hold down trip odometer reset button and turn ignition to position I), and all needles move and it finished the test OK. I'm afraid I need to replace this black tab or connector. I looked at RealOEM, and they do not have a specific part number for this.
So I suppose my real question is, does anyone know where I can get this black connector tab?? Or what's it's even called??
Also, if you think it may be another problem, please share your input. This is what I've diagnosed so far. The cruise control doesn't work, but I'm sure that's cuz it thinks I'm going zero MPG. The fuel gauge just stays on empty, with the orange light on, even with a full tank.
Thanks for any help!!!