From digest.v7.n147 Wed Aug 20 19:07:18 1997
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 17:04:09 -0400
Subject: Re: <e28> OBC backlight fix
Chuck Krause wrote:
>The backlight on my '86 535i OBC went out last week. I searched the
>FAQs... But, I couldn't
>clear direction on how to first get the OBC out of the dash.
> I'd also like to remove the
>cluster completely to repair some suspected bad solder joints or
>connections but I afraid to just start pulling on the connectors
About the OBC backlights... if you've got long fingers, it's possible to
replace the backlight without removing the OBC. I have seen it done, and
it involves mostly a lot of feeling around.
About the instrument cluster... you don't have to remove the steering
column or wheel, but you do have to extend it all the way (toward the
driver). The wires are long enough to get the cluster turned around
enough so you can see the connectors. Most are easily removable, and the
biggest ones have the color name, blau (blue) or weiss (white) printed on
the back of the cluster. Keep track of where the smaller ones go.
The cluster comes apart easily. Nothing will fly apart
unexpectedly, so it's safe to pull it apart and look for bad solder
(notorious problem for the temp guage!).
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- - Rob Levinson
'85 535i Turbo