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Old 04-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Cluster lights out

I had taken my car to a shop that specializes in BMWs for an EML issue. They ended up replacing my MAF sensor and it seems to have done the trick with fixing my limp mode problem ( knock on wood) but when I took it in he had run a complete diagnostic on the car and asked me if I had ever seen a check engine light on my cluster. I told him no and he said tht the reason was because the light was out. I ran a test on the cluster and it seems that there are a couple lights out including the DSC which hasn't worked since I bought the car. How do I fix these missing lights?
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:32 AM   #2
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Best I could tell ya is to check your fuses.
Glove box & under the hood. I'm not sure though
But I'd start there.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:59 PM   #4
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Are you the 1st owner of this car? If not, it sounds suspicious that the CEL and DSC lights are the only ones out. It's a possibility that someone took the cluster apart and taped or disabled the LEDs to those warnings.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:46 AM   #5
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Hm, the few lights that are missing look like they were selected specifically (SES, DSC). Is the SRS (the airbag) light coming ON briefly by the way?
How may previous owners has your car got? Chances are one of them went in there with a screw driver and "fixed" them...
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:13 AM   #6
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If you look at my photo album, you can see that I swapped out all the leds in my cluster to a color of my choice. It's quite simple actually. In fact, it's easier to remove them than to solder them on. They could've also placed black tape over or behind the plastic coverings, blocking the light. I think that would've been the easier route, seeing as many aren't as brave when it comes to taking a soldering iron to electrical circuits. It's easy, but doesn't mean anybody can do it.

Although your picture quality isn't the best that I could make out the finer details, the lettering on the dsc triangle, check engine light, airbag technically are engraved on a black background leaving the lettering clear in color. Any led behind it would shine at its color spectrum beautifully. It looks like perhaps a sharpee was used to color in the plastic plating, and also taped up as well. The sharpee would've allowed light to bleed through

I take that back, it looks as if the section that was meant to be blocked was spray painted over. Most definitely. The coloring seems all too uniform on the front. Sharpee or something to hide it back there would be too obvious. They probably colored in the led with a sharpee too.

Have you tried holding the dsc button down while the car is running? If the light turns on, I think i have the answer.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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I have tried holding the dsc button down. Nothing happens. Also I am the third owner of the car so there is a possibility some one "fixed" it
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:40 PM   #8
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So look what I found while taking my cluster apart. Apparently the owner before me decided to black out some lights.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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Anybod know how to fix this?
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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Alcohol and a Q-tip should remove sharpie ink without damaging the plastic or the lettering.
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