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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Mar-02-2012, 08:57:30 PM   #41
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Default Re: DIY: E36 Cluster Dark Spot Fix - Revised - No Glue Method - More Vibrant than Bef

He didn't modify his odometer.
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Default Re: DIY: E36 Cluster Dark Spot Fix - Revised - No Glue Method - More Vibrant than Bef

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Just wondering, since you've cracked open the instrument cluster and modified it, is that something you will have to declare if you later sell the vehicle?
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Just wondering, since you've cracked open the instrument cluster and modified it, is that something you will have to declare if you later sell the vehicle?
Only if you roll back the odometer
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Old Sat, Mar-03-2012, 04:28:29 AM   #44
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I don't think the cluster is designed to be disassembled. I've heard about a "tamper dot" that will pop if you mess with them. Just wondering.
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I don't think the cluster is designed to be disassembled. I've heard about a "tamper dot" that will pop if you mess with them. Just wondering.
No, that is not true.

The tamper dot is related to changing the coding plug or circuit board side of the cluster, not opening. The gauges have absolutely NOTHING to do with that. Opening the cluster and fixing manufacturing design flaws will not trigger a single thing.

The cluster is absolutely 100% designed be disassembled. All are.
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No, that is not true.

The tamper dot is related to changing the coding plug or circuit board side of the cluster, not opening. The gauges have absolutely NOTHING to do with that. Opening the cluster and fixing manufacturing design flaws will not trigger a single thing.

The cluster is absolutely 100% designed be disassembled. All are.
Cool. Thanks.
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Old Tue, Mar-06-2012, 12:18:41 AM   #47
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So did this and it works great! All 5+ spots I had are gone and the dash looks great exceppttttt now the Miles/odometer is so dim you cant see it unless the dash is turned on full bright. The maintence thign is also a little dim. What causes this? Isn't it a sealed unit? Should I check that little black plug is that the one that powers this?
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You probably disturbed the little lights that illuminate that section. They are 1.5w brown tops. Wiggle them or replace them. Common failure.
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I did this also with great results, however I have a question for you Brett. Have you noticed any expansion or flexing of the gauge face? About a ten days ago when my car sat in the sun for a few hours (maybe 80* in the car) one of the needles started to stick. After the car cooled down the needle worked fine again. Is the needle just too close to the gauge face?

Great writeup though, thanks!
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I did this also with great results, however I have a question for you Brett. Have you noticed any expansion or flexing of the gauge face? About a ten days ago when my car sat in the sun for a few hours (maybe 80* in the car) one of the needles started to stick. After the car cooled down the needle worked fine again. Is the needle just too close to the gauge face?

Great writeup though, thanks!
Nope. Mine has been like this for a long time now.

You probably have your needle just a tad too tight.
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