View Full Version : How to replace bulbs behind cluster

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:10 AM
Tools required:

1) long philips screwdriver
2) small flat head screwdriver (to pry out the cluster)
3) piece of cloth to protect your cluster from scratching (very important)

Step 1) Remove both screws

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:12 AM
use a long screw driver...

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:14 AM
Step 2: insert a small flathead screwdriver to pry the cluster. be gentle!

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:21 AM
Step 3: this is the tricky part. place a piece of soft cloth on the steering wheel to prevent any scratches to the cluster. pull the cluster out towards the passenger seat. at first, it will seem impossible, but be patient. DON'T yank or force it out, be careful not to pull the cables behind the cluster.

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:24 AM
keep pulling...

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:25 AM
keep pulling but start pointing the cluster upwards...

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:27 AM
Step 4: this is the final position of the cluster before removing the connectors.

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:30 AM
Step 5: locate the 3 connectors.

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:33 AM
Step 6: use the small flat head screwdriver to push down the notch to open the latch. (do this for all connectors)

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:36 AM
the open latch should look like this.

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 06:40 AM
Step 7: after u unlatch and pull out all the connectors, slowly remove the cluster.

locate the bulb you need to replace, and visit your closest dealer. bulbs are very cheap, .60cents each or something.

just remember not to touch the bulb with your bare fingers.
replace the bulb and re-connect all the connectors and don't forget to close the latch.

any questions, just pm me.

good luck. *th-up*

02-23-2003, 01:59 PM
Nice write-up Mr. gates.. Thanks.

Bill Gates
02-23-2003, 02:58 PM
Thanks Harry. this job was very easy to do. and trust me, i'm no mechanic! :D

04-01-2003, 05:30 PM
what color did you do it BG?

04-02-2003, 01:07 PM
what extra steps do u need if u wanna change the dials inside

04-02-2003, 01:56 PM
You made that look easy. Good Work! Imagine how much the dealer would charge for that.

04-04-2003, 06:50 PM
what bulbs do u get for that?

Bill Gates
04-04-2003, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by Mikester
what color did you do it BG?

colour? i just changed the bulbs.

Bill Gates
04-04-2003, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by SebSter
what extra steps do u need if u wanna change the dials inside

sorry, i didn't remove it to change the dial. maybe someone else can help u with that.

Bill Gates
04-04-2003, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by Mikester
what bulbs do u get for that?

depends what area of the cluster your replacing. from what i recall, theirs 3 types. beige, black & green. you only need a couple greens, but black and beige you should get at least 12/ea. just replace all the bulbs since your back there, the bulbs are cheap.

depending on the parts guy, he can probably drill down exactly how many bulbs you'll need of each type. good luck. *th-up*

04-06-2003, 01:09 AM
man ... that's like guru kind of instruction manual set you should have that in the front maxbimmer home page ...

04-06-2003, 05:14 AM
Originally posted by WhadUpp
You made that look easy. Good Work! Imagine how much the dealer would charge for that.

i checked it out at the dealer. they tol me 1.5 hour @ 100per hour

01-28-2004, 08:48 PM
Hey man thanks for that link and all the help all you guys attempting this i would say remove the steering wheel ! lol fun lol i never Cursed soooo much at a instrument cluster in my life like i did today lol , plus bmw sold me the wrong light but ill save the others and lol last one ok i remove the cluster and all replace the bulb and reconnect and put everything back in order only to turn it on and to find another burned light! lol so i removed it again and changed that bulb lol i think im going pro now lol

01-28-2004, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by bimmerdude
i never Cursed soooo much at a instrument cluster in my life like i did today

You curse at your instrument cluster regularly? :huh?:

01-28-2004, 09:30 PM
lol no well just today and kinda sometimes in my old e30 lol i had to like tap the glass thing cuse my Gas tank reader would jump all over the place till i tapped it lol

Bill Gates
01-29-2004, 02:17 AM
bimmerdude, sorry to hear u had bad luck... did u do the work indoors?

btw, i mentioned on this thread, if you going to change the bulbs, replace them ALL... they are cheap, so you might as well change them at the same time.

well i least you got some practice! good job... *th-up*

01-29-2004, 09:17 PM
Thanks man yea i did it in doors this thread is awesome man good job on it its really specific on what to do once again thanks

03-20-2005, 11:30 PM
will this work for an e30?

03-21-2005, 08:31 PM
i changed them in my old e30 i removed the steerin wheel however and the job took about 5-10mins..

but BG steps are pretty much the same!