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    hi all, my car is a 1995 e36 318is. im new to the forum after getting my first bmw.

    i hope somebody will be able to help me out with my problem as i havent a clue lol, basically when i turn my driving lights on my dials dont light up straight away,some times in can take 5 mins before they light up,which is very annoying at night,ive reemed the net but carnt really find anybody with a similar problem.
    soo hopefully one of you wonderfull people can help me out
    many thanks,ken
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    Have you checked the fuses which control the cluster lights, always the first place to look m8
     
     

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    ive checked all the fuses i can see as i have just sorted the driving lights, but i will check again. i find the fuse card to be a bit rubbish when trying to locate a specific fuse lol.
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    right, got in and checked the fuses under the bonnet and they all appear to be fine. got any other idears fella ??? or has anybody else had this problem.
    any help would be great
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    Sounds like you might have a sticky headlight switch to me.... One of the contacts in the switch for the dash lights might be dirty, you could try and spray some electrical cleaner in the switch to see if that helps.
     
     

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    thanks for your reply
    ill pick up some contact cleaner tomoz and give it a go.
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    When you switch your lights on and the cluster backlighting hasn't come on yet, are the number plate lights on? If so then it's not likely to be the switch. If it's just the cluster lights it's probably a bad connection at the cluster. If it's all the backlighting that doesn't come on you may have a faulty dimmer or a bad connection
     
     

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    right peeps heres the problem as it stands then.

    when i turn my main beams on all the outside lights come on including the lisence plate lights, my interiour light works as well but the back lighting for the dial clusters and centre console take around 4 or 5 mins to come on like there is some sort of delay ,arfter the lights eventually come on the lights do not die on there own and they do not flicker which makes me think otherwise about a bad conection and have also attacked it with some contact cleaner which has not solved the problem. soo i feel a bit stuck now. surley i cant be the only person who's had this problem soo any thoughts are welcome as always and thank you to those who have already given there idears.
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    Have you checked the dimmer control?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gildersol View Post
    Have you checked the dimmer control?
    yh my dimmer control works fine when the dash lights eventually come on lol.
    im proper stuck with this little problem.
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