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  1. Rolex
    10-09-2009 02:02 PM
    Hey Q I need help whit my key I only have 1 don't know If its the master or not
    tried to reprogramed it as you say (fuse, gas door everything seems fine
    I need some help let me know.....
  2. QSilver7
    09-28-2009 05:31 PM
    1. No, it is NOT hard to remove the instrument is only held in by two small screws at the very top, then you tip it forward and remove the 3 connectors that are plugged into the rear of the cluster. Again, there are only two screws (#3 in diagram below from

    2. The price sounds about what many pay to have it done by some of the vendors that do this work...and is about what many pay for labor/parts with the goodwill replacement clusters from BMW NA.

    3. The danger would be in how good they are and how many have they done...and most there a warranty or such in case something if the gauges get broken off. Will you be out a cluster, or will they replace it?
  3. RBS007
    09-28-2009 04:38 PM
    Hi Q Thanks again for your help just wanted to get your thoughts on this issue. Most of my pixels are out in my cluster and its something I have wanted to get fixed for some time. BMW Canada doesnt offer the fix program that the US has, so its all out of my wallet. I have found a local guy who has a nice web site and that I spoke to who will fix the cluster for $220.00 and have it done in a day or two. He wants me to remove it from the car and then he will work on it. First is it hard to remove I am not machanical at all. Second does this price sound too cheap ??? and what are the dangers if any of an indy guy doing this ??? Thanks Robert
  4. QSilver7
    09-22-2009 12:28 PM
    Hi Robert,
    The issue you describe does sound like a door lock actuator. If you decide to tackle this project or purchase it and have someone else do it...just go to any of the online part databases or or and pull up the diagram so you can get the BMW part nbr. You can then shop online (having the BMW part nbr helps with not ordering the wrong part) with BMW dealers or aftermarket vendors, or even your local BMW dealership. You'll also get an idea of how much the part will run.

    For this link to the front door and the actuator (#2 in diagram) for the 540i:
  5. RBS007
    09-21-2009 02:59 PM
    Hi Q
    Thanks for your help, wanted your advice on my driver side door lock. When I use my keyless remote the lock comes up really slow and sometimes I have to press twice to open all the doors. Same when I lock the car sometimes it goes down and sometimes it doesnt. I find if I press the keyless a few times it will finaly open or close. Someone mentioned that I might need a "Door Lock Actuator" I am not sure what that is but I see I can buy one for about $80.00 or do you think it is a motor. Is this something I can fix or at least buy the part to get my indy to fix it. Any advice would be great !!!!
    Cheers Robert
  6. RBS007
    09-12-2009 06:54 AM
    Hi Q
    Quick question for you I had my alternator recently replaced and the car has been sitting for a week when I went to start it the batter was dead. I hooked up jumpers and got her going pretty fast. The car sat for another week and same problem. Is there any way I can see if it is a battery problem or alternator ???? Someone mentioned I can run a test in the car to see what the voltage is ???? If it is a dead battery what brand do you recomend ( 2001 540i ) Cheers Robert
  7. DrewCrewOf2
    05-19-2009 01:12 PM
    "FYI: The alternator needs to put out MORE current than what the battery is rated...this is what "recharges" the battery. If the alternator's output is the same or lower than the battery, then it can't overcome the battery's internal resistance. The greater the ouput difference...the faster the battery recharges. "

    QS7, not a challenge here but this is not 100% correct. You might want to research how lead acid batteries work internally. Just an FYI... -Dennis
  8. craigmack1
    04-02-2009 11:33 AM
    Hi there Q,
    I was referred to you from this discussion:
    Would you mind sharing your two cents about my post (#18) and the chance of the connections shown matching.

  9. Al's540i
    03-02-2009 08:27 AM
    Hey Q!
    Do you know the size of the torx screws that holds the positive battery terminal on the valve covers on our 540i's? Mine don't tighten and I wanted to find a screw similar in length but just a tad wider so it'll tighten.


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