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Old 01-05-2005, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if replacing the illumination behind the temperature dials / fan speed dial and air flow designation is a big task?
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pull off the fan speed knob and vent knob. This will reveal 2 screws- unscrew them. Jimmy the black faceplate off and there is the bulb behind it. Replace and your good to go..
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pull off the fan speed knob and vent knob. This will reveal 2 screws- unscrew them. Jimmy the black faceplate off and there is the bulb behind it. Replace and your good to go..
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Awesome, and where do i buy the bulbs, do I have to go to BMW dealer?
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yea where do you get them that panel never comes on in my shit either
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Sylvania 2721 = the bulb you need.

i just did it myself. found the bulbs at either Advance or Autozone, can't remember which. There's only one bulb for the HVAC unit, but while you're at it, the dial for your lights and the fog button (left of steering wheel) also should light up. For that one, just remove the crew underneath the dash to release the vent+nob unit, unscrew the connector and the clip, and there is a small tube the bulb goes in. Pry out the tube (you'll just see a plastic circle at first), and there's a bulb at the end.

it made me happy when i did this because i felt like my baby was healthy again.
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Sylvania 2721 = the bulb you need.

i just did it myself. found the bulbs at either Advance or Autozone, can't remember which. There's only one bulb for the HVAC unit, but while you're at it, the dial for your lights and the fog button (left of steering wheel) also should light up. For that one, just remove the crew underneath the dash to release the vent+nob unit, unscrew the connector and the clip, and there is a small tube the bulb goes in. Pry out the tube (you'll just see a plastic circle at first), and there's a bulb at the end.

it made me happy when i did this because i felt like my baby was healthy again.
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i got the thing pried off and jiggled the bulb around and it lit up, so im not thinking its the bulb but a connection behind it that is loose, i need more time to fool around with it though. but having these little things working and lighthing up make me so happy. everythings gotta shine.
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Same thing with mine..if you hit the panel a few times the light will come on but after a few minutes it goes out. I bet the bulb it just on its way out. I would replace bulb and see what happens. AFter all it's a very cheap solution
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i got the thing pried off and jiggled the bulb around and it lit up, so im not thinking its the bulb but a connection behind it that is loose, i need more time to fool around with it though. but having these little things working and lighthing up make me so happy. everythings gotta shine.
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The reason why the bulb began workign agin when you jiggle it is because the vibration made the thin filament, the had broken, to touch the other pole and so current can go trough.

and off course it will go dead after a couple of minutes, just replace the light bulb..

is 2 dollar fix. or less.
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funny you revived this thread..I went to change that bulb and cannot grip it to pull it out. How the hell do you get a grip on the bulb to remove!? I tried pliers..no go..my fingers keep slipping..anyone got a tip?
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funny you revived this thread..I went to change that bulb and cannot grip it to pull it out. How the hell do you get a grip on the bulb to remove!? I tried pliers..no go..my fingers keep slipping..anyone got a tip?
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What can happens is that the last owner or some other mechanic the replaced that lamp might have used a similar light, but different, so he forced the lamp in and it gets stuck, I almost did this on the haedlights swicht. there a little lamp in there just as the AC unit..

Keep trying it should come straigh out as you pull it. sometimes the contacts rust and the lamps get stuck.

also if worse comes to worse and the lamp brakes, dont freak out, just remove the ac control unit out of the car, open the unit on the rear taking the housing screws out and then you see the main board and the lamp holder, this way youll get the broken lamp out and i would recomend you to get a contact spray cleaner and spray over the board, so it will dry out any moisture that it has built into it. this helps keep the board nice and dry so it will function properly.

Anyway if you need some other stuff let me know.
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Thanks! you've been more than helpful...You must be a BM Tech, right? You have knowledge in just about every aspect of the bimmer
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Thanks! you've been more than helpful...You must be a BM Tech, right? You have knowledge in just about every aspect of the bimmer
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well im not a BMW tech yet, but im hoping i become part of BMW when i graduate, that is why i attend Clemson University in South Carolina, they work together with bmw on research programs and other mechanical engeneering activies.. the Factory is 40 min away form here, i've been there 4 times already for tours, and i love it, every time i go...
I got started on a BMW way back on my brothers friends old 525i, he left on our driveway for a couple of month as a favor while he traveled and he asked me if i could fix the car.. so that was my lab there. And then i got my e36,, since then i havent stopped... I love the BMW culture, machinery and spirit..

But im still learning, im a freshman, so i still have long time to go until i graduate...

well im happy to know my advice is been helpfull.

please keep asking. Thank you all.
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