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Old 03-18-2008, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Console gear indicator light stays on!

97 528i, my gear shift indicator light stays on at all times, even when the key
is out of the ignition. Anyone ever experience this. I have only owned this car
since 12/07. My check engine light stays on pretty much of the time, it doesn't hurt anything, just wondering if the two were connected. I really would like to get that light off though.

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The light on the console will stay on for roughly 16 mins after shutting off the car. This is normal. After about 16 mins the vehicle's electrical systems will go to sleep and the light should go out. the check engine light is not related. It will come on any time an emissions related problem is present. You should have the codes read to see what is causing it.
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Thanx dirty tool, you are correct! I had read about the 14 to 16 min. shutdown,but
I had never noticed, because, whenever I opened the door, the light had always been
on, so it seemed, I guess from that, that the light was always on. After your response,
I went outside, this morning, before opening the car, and looked in, and the light was
not on. Thanx again D. T., that is what the forum is for. I appreciate your response
immensely, it saved me a trip to the dealer.
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