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Old 08-03-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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halp! gauge problemo

I was replacing my needles tonight, and getting the old ones off were easy except for the spedometer needle.. that one was stuck on there and i had to use so much force that it ripped the silver rod off with the needle.. at first i was like fuk, but after reading up on the forums i found someone had taken apart the servo and gotten everything to work again. i took apart the servo for the speed and put everything back how it should ( i opened up another servo to use that as a guide to where all the gears and stuff should be) so i thought i was all good. but i put the cluster back in the car and my speedometer doesnt work, all other gauges work fine

also my lcd screen is all ****ed up now i dont know why that is messed up

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Old 08-04-2011, 04:20 AM   #2
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If only I had a buck for every time I've seen this happen.
I've been there myself and it was a very expensive exercise, end cost was $900 for a new cluster.
The truth is if your cluster gauges and needles all still work after taking it apart and removing the needles then you are just plain lucky.
Items like the needles are not made to be removed or replaced once they're fitted.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:25 AM   #3
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I have removed my needles and put them back on so many times I can't even count. There is no issue with taking them off and on if it is done correctly.

You pinch the central 'hub' of the needle between your thumb and first finger and very gently lift whilst rotating the needle counter clockwise.

I didn't know how to do it properly and broke mine first time.

If you can get a second hand cluster (I got mine for 40) and someone with the right piece of software (he cost me 100) then you can fix it for much less than what BMW will charge you.

As for the LCD, it doesn't look broken physically. The actual glass screen had two foam 'legs' coming off the back that pressed against the PCB. Did you put it back in properly? You have to make sure they are all touching with clean contact. It looks like you put it back the right way up, but may not be inserted properly.

Hope it helps.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:53 PM   #4
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Hello. I just replaced my white needles to the orange. My temperature light is pointing at the blue even after I've been driving for a while. When I replaced the needles i had them all pointing as if they were pointing at 0mph. Did I do something wrong? What about the gasoline.

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