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    Hi this is my first post. The mile counter and distance clocker dont light up any more you can see them at night when the lights are on and they still work,so i assume it must be a bulb any tips on removing dash and replaceing bulb.
     
     

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    simple 2 torx bolts to take out from just in front of the top of the clear screen then use a sat nav sucker to pull out the unit. you will have to disconnect 3 wiring harnesses i remember rightly before you can completely take them out. sounds hard but is so simple.
     
     

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    I think you might have to remove the steering wheel as its quite a small gap at the rear of the dials and hard to locate which bulb is which. The main thing is remembering that it only goes back togeather one way so you cant mess it up unless you put the steering wheel on squint.
     
     

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    cheers for that will tackle the job on sunday well my son will lol
     
     

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    2 torx bolts (T20) at the top of the cluster - you remove those - use the sat nav sucker as advised above (top tip and what I used on mine) - you then slide the cluster assembly forward. You have 3 harnesses. One of the right hand side and 2 on the left hand side. These are held in place by lock tabs - so it would be worthwhile having a small screwdriver handy as you need to depress the tab and then lift the lever up to release the lock. I don't think there should be no need to remove the steering wheel to be honest (i've not had to on mine, although I've got a Z3! LOL! )

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    http://logun.org/e36gauges.htm

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    are the bulbs needed for this just the 501 capless type???

     
     

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    Pangster your link does not work.
     
     

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    no they aint m8 all the bulbs i have come across on the e36 dash are the ones that are fixed in the holder and you have to change the holder/bulb as they do not pull out

    there is no real reason to take the steering wheel off and personally bearing in mind the airbag/horn wiring run thru it via a bloody long ribbon that can be damaged/fitted back incorrectly i wouldnt.
     
     

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    I changed the dials on my 1993 saloon and didn't take the wheel off.It's a tight squeeze but it will come out.
     
     

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