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Old 01-03-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Cluster swap question

Sup guys,

I recently bought a used cluster and my main objective is to swap in the grey faces, silver gauge rings, and needles. I know I can do this by taking them out physically and swapping them, but is there chip/module/etc that I can pull out of the old one and replace into the new one?

Also, can I plug in the new cluster to test it then put back the old cluster without anything changing (mileage, error lights, etc)? Let me know, thanks!


Edit: Nevermind, just did the swap. FYI you won't lose any data testing the new speedometer. I just went ahead and swapped everything (Needles, faces, casing). From what I'm told, my new cluster was from a coupe, so I guess the sedan and coupe clusters are similar. The only thing that was weird when I tested the new cluster was that the lights behind the gauges and needles didn't light up, but every other light did.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
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Could you please talk me through the process from removing the cluster from the dashboard to disconnecting the cluster and opening it to replace the dial cover sheet? I am not very technical and need help. It appears to me that a prior owner of my 2002 318i Auto has stuck stick-on dials on the original ones with the result that the dials do not light up when the light are turned on. A bummer when I have to drive at night.

BTW, your car looks in great condition
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