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Old 02-06-2009, 07:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, 'Camaroyal' here again, With my lemon, lol anyway, here's the problem I am having, sometimes when I am driving the car (My BMW 318is coupe 1993 UK) all the gauges will shut off with all the needles returning to 0. So I will be going along not knowing how fast I am going, how much petrol I have etc. Sometimes the gauges will then randomly come back on. I am usually running the radio/cd player when this happens if that's any help. Also when it was doing it last night I had my lights on. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas on what it could be and how to fix it? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! C.
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Hello,

I would try the most obvious 1st, replace the appropriate fuse/fuses, may be cracked & only working intermittently, unlikely I know but possible , then I would check the connection behind the Speedo, unplug & replug, see if any gung in there, check for any loose wires,



Beyond that I’m not to sure, could be dry joint in printed circuit board of the binnacle??

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Hi, Thanks will check the fuses tomorrow, but how do I acess the connection behind the speedometer? C.
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Hi, Haven't had time to check the fuses yet or the connection in the back, (lol taking it on a cruise was more important, although I did manage to fix my handbrake travel which had been really loose) but just a thought here: One of my friends who's into cars said it sounds like it could be a bad battery if the gauges keep cutting in and out randomly. Does this sound possible? Thanks C.
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Unlikely i think your alternator would supply the power needed, but would nt hurt to change if its u/s
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