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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:15 PM
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time and date display

Hope this isn't too simple of a question. Just picked up a 1995 e36 convertible with a hard top....car is in good condition, high mileage but runs well. Just going through all the controls and am having trouble with the clock/date display on the computer panel.. The main display works but i think the time / date display needs a bulb because it just remains blank....how do i gain access behind the display to check ....basic manual does not have any info....Thanks
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:01 AM
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is a good DIY
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by LordlierPie7781 View Post
What this DIY says except you don't have to pry with the screw driver first if you've got a little finger strength. I just used my middle digit and I had enough force to pop the OBC out with no problem. Plan on changing all the bulbs while you're in there. They're not very expensive and once one has hit the end of life the others usually aren't too far behind.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:01 PM
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Re: Time and Date Display

Thanks for the help ...followed directions and problem solved. Interestingly, when i approached a local mechanic i have dealt with before ( not BMW specific ) he didn't have a clue and suggested i leave the car because he had to take apart most of the lower dash to access the bulb.......I tell yah, some of these guys are not too trustworthy........Cheers for now.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:52 AM
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The proof would have been whether he fixed the problem and what he billed. A good mechanic can adapt.

I took my car in to a Bosch service center to fix the air conditioning. They hadn't worked on my system before but with three heads looking at the problem we sorted things out. The chief gave me a good discount because I was the one that found the leak.
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