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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-26-2015, 05:02 PM
ElDuchess ElDuchess is offline
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Question Gauge test fail

First off I want to fix my current gauge. Not out of cheapness or need (my title already reads bad mileage) but because I feel like taking the challenge.

Have read through a few dozen gauge threads and I now know how to fix the light problem the bad display problem and a few other things but has anyone ever seen this while doing the "Gauge test"



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Temp gauge works sometimes
Speedo works while accelerating only
Fuel gauge works intermittently
Tach never works
mpg gauge works assuming I am always getting 40+mpg...

Anyone have experience actually fixing the cluster? I am familiar with soldering on PC boards and I am not afraid to cut/glue.

If there is another thread on this sorry for the added thread but I spent a couple hours and closest I found was how to fix the half reading display. (I may be blind or not good with the search function)

If noone has already done this already. I will take pics as I try and if it works will post a DIY. If I fail owell I will head to the junk yard

Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:26 PM
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If so many problems are wrong with it why not remove it and visually look at the boards on the back. Maybe you will see a burnt spot that you may or may not be able to fix. And if you break it while fixing it who cares, junkyard time then
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:09 AM
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Yup I have it out:



I can hear something rolling around inside but have not got it open yet.
Found out my torx bits are too big and all of my torx screwdrivers are too small. Will have to run to the hardware store later.

On a side note I learned a valuable lesson with the plastic clips that hold the plugs in... Even after you have them unplugged they can shatter... very easily in fact -_-
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:25 AM
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On another note does anyone know the part number for the retaining levers? Couldn't find them and checked 5 or 6 sites.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:29 AM
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Scratch that found um!

http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E3...not_waterproof
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:35 AM
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and Pelican has PN: 61 13 6 913 626 in stock woo!
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:37 PM
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Got the gauges apart

Was going to drill out the plastic rivets that hold the back cover to the main board but after closer inspection I think I found the problem area:


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Old 02-27-2015, 12:37 PM
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It turns out the gauges are connected by the posts coming off the back

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Old 02-27-2015, 12:38 PM
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The connectors on the board seem to have widened far too much over time possibly due to vibrations:



My first guess is going to be that by bending the conectors gently back so that when the guage posts are inserted it gets a better contact... should fix my issues?... We will see
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:50 PM
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Also anyone know what these are? they seem to be a way to adjust the gauge lighting or some sort of filter... they have 2 direction arrows on the top and the white piece rotates about 90 degrees before it hits a stop.

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Old 02-27-2015, 01:02 PM
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Again Never mind... they lock the gauge face on
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