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Or something like it.
1990 325i, AT.
I'm pretty sure the batteries in my instrument panel are almost dead. My Brake Lining light comes on intermittently (I've replaced both the pads and the sensors), and occasionally the temp gauge sticks when I first start it up, but then releases after a second or two. Neither the odometer or the trip odometer works, but that might be a gear issue and not the batteries.
I've got a line on a used instrument panel that I was considering buying to do a swap out. The only issue is, the one I'm looking at buying has higher miles on it than what mine has now. I know it shouldn't be an issue, especially since the odometer isn't working and I really have no idea how many miles are on the car (is there any way to find out?).
Is there a way to reset the miles on the replacement? If not, I may just use it anyway after I swap out the rechargeable batteries as long as everything else seems to be in working order.
Is there anything else I may have missed or that I should look at?
I haven't driven the 90 convertible all that much (15,000 in four years, 140K on the odometer), and never had an issue with the brake lining light. As a sidelight, since the sensors are only on the left front and right rear wheels, it's not a substitute for periodic visual inspection of all wheels (especially if you bought it used).
With the 91 (bought new, now at 173K), I'd get intermittent and inconsistent illumination of the brake lining warning light. The pads were OK, the sensor wiring was frayed. I'd buy some time with electrical tape, but eventually the light came on full time. I've driven 20,000 miles since my last brake job and have had no issues with the brake lining warning light in that time.
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