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Old 07-18-2005, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was driving along, 80mph, 5th gear, slightly downhill, on/off gas. All of a sudden all of the dials (gas/speed/tach/temp) start sweeping back and forth (like the new subaru start up procedure). They stop after 5 seconds but my heart doesn't stop pounding until another few minutes.

On my 400 mile drive this would happen 3-4 more times. It is not consistently reproducable. Does anyone know what happened?
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Old 07-18-2005, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only time the gauges move like that is during the diagnostic tests. Does the odometer flash numbers or do the gauges just freak. Also do they go back and forth more than once without pausing? It might be a problem with the onboard computer. What kind of car do you have, miles, year?
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My 318 had a similar problem.... may be the same for you... do you have a bad ground somewhere...?

Here's a link showing how to remove your cluster. You may need the procedure if you want to check the connection.

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Old 07-20-2005, 11:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a 1994 325i sedan. Any tips on finding procedure?
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