From digest.v6.n484 Fri Apr 4 21:57:37 1997
From: "Brett Anderson" <Bretta_at_webspan.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 19:18:21 -0500
Subject: Re: E30 OBC replacement procedure for backlight
> From: Thien Dinh <tdinh_at_sprintmail.com>
> Date: Thu, 03 Apr 1997 13:30:22 -0800
> Subject: E30 OBC
> Just recently my OBC screen is a little hard to read. I think the bulb
> that lights it up has gone out. There's probably a simple way to pop out
> the unit and replace the light, right? Could someone be kind enough to
> inform me as to how? Thanx
> '85 325e
After having answered privately, several similar requests, I have decided
to post this one, maybe someone can copy this to the FAQ's ?
To remove the back light from an E30 OBC, remove the small phillips screws
along the top of the dash panel above the radio and OBC.
Remove the 2 phillips screws from the bottom of this panel, they are
accessed from the storage compartment below the panel, screws are vertical.
Pull the panel forward, it will come approx. 2 inches forward, on the right
side of the panel, the OBC back light can be seen.
It is a white piece of plastic in the side of the OBC.
Cut the black plastic from the dash panel away to allow access to the back
light, use a pair of pliers to pull the white back light straight out to
These back lights use 2 bulbs, in series, so if one goes out , the other
will too. You can replace one or both bulbs, if you can find replacements (
Radio Shack ?) Or you can buy a new back light from the dealer or Programa.
Installation is reverse of removal.
BMW and ASE master technician
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