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Old 08-12-2007, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question E39 Instrument Cluster Help

Could anybody please advise on how to take apart the e39 instrument cluster to gain access to the darn LED displays? I know that there used to be a set of instructions posted on the net, but cannot find it anymore.
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Has any of you ever attempted it?
Please, help.
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What are you trying to do with the LED display? If you are trying to fix the missing pixles its not going to happen.
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That is exactly what I am trying to do. However, I wanted to instal the chrome gage rings while on it.
Why getting rid of the missing pixels is so difficult?
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That is exactly what I am trying to do. However, I wanted to instal the chrome gage rings while on it.
Why getting rid of the missing pixels is so difficult?
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Because each pixel isn't an individual LED that can be changed. Its almost like an LCD screen on a watch where there are a group of "pixles" that come on at different times depending on what needs to be displayed. If you were an electrical engineer and knew how to build those sort of boards from scratch I'm sure you can fix it, otherwise you have to get a new cluster.
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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...or become one . Thanks a lot for the info, BMWJNKY.
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how to fix missing pixles!!!

Hi, who said you cannot fix it! I`m did it and was easy to do, just make a research and will find how to FIX MISSING PIXLES! WITH PICS AND INSTRUCTION.
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can you help us wolf if you have instructions post it please ,
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any way for emzet, you can simply remove that wood by pulling it out under the cluster, you will find 2 screws , also if you look deep inside the cluster itself at it's ceiling you will find another 2 screw , unscrew all 4 and you can get it out .
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Here you go,these are for a 7 but the clusters are the same:

PIXEL FIX DIY write up, about a 2 hour job and some patience (Long pic warning)

I take no responsibility if you mess up or break your cluster.

It does work, did mine a long time ago app 2yrs and still working lovely.

To remove the cluster, there are 2 screws underneath the top bezel.

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Removal instructions BMW, Porsche, Land Rover Instrument Cluster Repair MID LCD repair FOR the typical missing or faded pixel problem
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Brilliant! Thanks guys
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