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Jeano-M
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Instrument cluster lighting

Post by Jeano-M » Tue 04 Apr, 2017 13:50

Hello all, I have just bought a Z3m after having a 2.0 Z3 for 18 months. It is in almost show condition but does have a slight problem in the dials. The mileage is showing but only very faintly and it does not alter if I turn the brightness up or down. The service lights are lit up as they should be. Is this just a simple bulb swap?

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Robert T
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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by Robert T » Tue 04 Apr, 2017 14:40

Hi and welcome to the forum.

There are two small bulbs used to illuminate the odometer and service indicator displays. Sounds like your odometer bulb has gone. Mine went a while back and whilst it is a little fiddly to remove the cluster to change the bulb, actually changing the bulb is very easy. I bought my replacement bulb from BMW. Be aware that there are three different sizes of bulb used in the cluster.

For cluster removal see here: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=33125

For the bulbs used see here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=35127

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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by Jeano-M » Wed 05 Apr, 2017 09:12

Thanks Robert, my other half is going to take a look later. He is going to replace the broken seat belt guide as well soon.

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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by Jeano-M » Wed 05 Apr, 2017 18:35

Jeano-M wrote:Thanks Robert, my other half is going to take a look later. He is going to replace the broken seat belt guide as well soon.
Thanks for the links Robert with their guidance I did the job in 15 minutes, admitted I have just swapped the service lights bulb for the dud odo bulb until I can get over to the dealer in Shrewsbury but another 15 minutes will see the job done properly once I have the bulb.
The Other Half.

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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by g8jka » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 17:23

Jeano-M wrote:until I can get over to the dealer in Shrewsbury but another 15 minutes will see the job done properly once I have the bulb.
The Other Half.
I'm in Telford if you need your service lights resetting, no need to go to the dealer in Shrewsbury! And it won't cost you a penny, I probably have a spare bulb also :thumb:
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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by Jeano-M » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 00:20

Oops I have only just seen your post after giving the dealer a kidney in exchange for a tiny bulb and seat belt guide. Thanks for the offer but the service lights are fully lit up as it's just been serviced by someone trustworthy.
While at the dealers I read in the BMW mag that there is an owners club meeting at The Hamner Arms near Whitchurch on the 10th April. Does anyone off here go to these do's?

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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by g8jka » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 09:59

No problem, I thought you needed to get the service lights reset as well. There are not a lot of meets on here and that is a BMW car club one which I don't think you get many zeds at especially around this area. If you want meets and cruises then you need to venture over to the other side :shock: There is a big cruise going on tomorrow around the Cotswolds. Where about's in Shropshire are you?
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Re: Instrument cluster lighting

Post by Jeano-M » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 10:10

We are in Market Drayton but have a son in Lawley Village. I think the weekend in Llandidrod Wells might be a goer for us and there is a monthly meet down near Northampton that looks interesting but it's on a Wednesday evening so would be more enjoyable as a midweek stop over. Hammer is not far from us so we may drive past to weigh the job up even if we don't go in.lol[/i]

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