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Old 04-22-2013, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Odometer/Trip meter not lighting

In my 1997 328is, the LEDs in my odometer and trip meter are not lighting. I know they are working, because I can see the numbers very faintly. The service remeinder LEDs just below them are working fine.

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It sounds like the LCD backlight has gone out in it. I had the same problem with the information center in my car.
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Thanks for the reply. Was this an easy fix? Something you repaired yourself?
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On my car the bulbs were soldiered in the cpu board. I replaced the information center with one from a parts car I had. Took about 15 min to swap. I believe that the gauge cluster will be a little more time consuming to remove. Still a DIY job.
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an Odometer Correction Tool can help you
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The odometer backlight bulbs in an E36 cluster are easily replaceable as they are mounted in 1/4 turn twist mount bulb holders. An odometer correction tool will do absolutely zero to rectify the problem. Just pull the cluster and replace the bulbs.
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odometer lighting

Thank you. That sounds like a project I can take on.
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