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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Aug-10-2018, 07:54:53 PM   #1
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Default Instrument cluster clock knob broken

Anyone else have this happen on their M3? I can no longer set the time in my M3 and it's driving me nuts. Easy fix? Is there a replacement part?



Edit: found this thread but there's really no replacement part available aside from a new instrument cluster/salvaging the part from another instrument cluster

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=570638
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Anyone else have this happen on their M3? I can no longer set the time in my M3 and it's driving me nuts. Easy fix? Is there a replacement part?



Edit: found this thread but there's really no replacement part available aside from a new instrument cluster/salving the part from another instrument cluster

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=570638
Sadly yes that is the only solution. Best bet it to find a cheap broken cluster for parts and extract the knob. Gotta be careful when you open the housing as they break and bend easily if mishandled.
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Old Fri, Aug-10-2018, 08:01:56 PM   #3
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Sadly yes that is the only solution. Best bet it to find a cheap broken cluster for parts and extract the knob. Gotta be careful when you open the housing as they break and bend easily if mishandled.
Main thing is remove the rubber portion before opening up the cluster. Leaving them on and pulling it apart will be a guaranteed break.
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Old Fri, Aug-10-2018, 08:05:16 PM   #4
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Default Instrument cluster clock knob broken

I think I can sell you mine. I donít need to ever set the clock.

Right side as you look at it, correct?


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I think I can sell you mine. I donít need to ever set the clock.

Right side as you look at it, correct?


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Old Fri, Aug-10-2018, 09:01:24 PM   #6
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Default Re: Instrument cluster clock knob broken

Without taking the cluster apart is it possible to determine if its the knob or the white housing portion? I can adjust to the right but not to the left.
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Old Sat, Aug-11-2018, 01:09:09 AM   #7
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You might try contacting odometergears.com. This is exactly the type of thing they thrive on. It’s a common problem so there’s money to be made.
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Default Re: Instrument cluster clock knob broken

The plastic base breaks with age. It happened on mine. Use a paper clip or toothpick to adjust the time. Just press down toward the right or left side of the hole.
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