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  1. 2001 E46 320d SE Touring dead instrument cluster 
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    I changed my battery today following the relevant instructions regarding order for disconnecting / connecting positives and negatives. Car starts and runs fine. However the instrument cluster is dead....no odometer trip or computer display. Speedo, rev counter, temperature, fuel guages not functioning etc. The lights to the right of the console are ok such as hardbrake and ABS. I've checked the fuses and all ok. I've tried putting the cluster into test mode as described in another thread but nothing happens. Radio works, though not the clock function in it. Everything else seems to work. Any ideas/help would be appreciated. Thanks Paul
     
     

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    I'd would get a fault code read of the body control module and instrument cluster, you may well have a problem that could be stored as a fault code. If the binnacle test doesn't work then I'd suspect a power issue or instrument cluster fault.
     
     

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    Thanks for your reply. FYI I took the car to the mechanic I normally use and he was unable to access the normal diagnostics using his computer/software. He told me that he expected to be able to get into the diagnostics but perhaps not the instrument cluster part...instead he couldn't get in at all. One other thing I've noticed is that whilst the indicators work their is no indicator sound to be heard (not sure if this gives any further clues or is the audio part of the instrument cluster). Any further advise would be appreciated. Thanks
     
     

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    Hello,
    I have same problem, dead instrument cluster all other things work fine. The problem started after disconnecting the battery, another thing I noticed, is electric fan (at the radiator) always working.

    If you have any idea, how to fix the problem please post.
     
     

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    I'd be tempted to disconnect the battery for 24 hours or over night and reconnect.

    What have you got to lose?

    Seeing as clocks are generally self contained sounds like a permanent live feed gone, I would swap some fuses of the same value from slot to slot or check them with an ohm meter.

    The battery of technique has paid off before on motherboards where a flash didn't quite behave as expected.


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    Got exactly the same symptoms as this on my 320td 2003. Anyone work out what it is? My pal thinks it might be a relay. Not tried disconnecting the battery yet though...
     
     

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    Disconnected and reconnected battery. Thought all was well - lights on instrument panel were on again - fuel, rev counter, temp and clock but speedo and momentary fuel remain knackered. When it was scanned there were two error codes - 08E3 and 08D3 CAN message control instru. Anyone got any ideas? Anything much appreciated
     
     

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    I also have a near identical fault (faulty speedo rev counter fuel with the same warning lights), I thought it was fixed when I changed the battery. Every thing worked except the odometer which was perminantly set to 9999999. Then it went to service and they said that they couldn't reset the service indicator. It also says that I am 1001 miles from a service and this resets back to this number every time the car is switched off.
    Then today the speddo briefly whent wrong again. I think the altanator may be on the way out but it seems fine when I test the output.

    If anyone had any success please let me know.
     
     

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    Here are my thoughts. If disconnecting the battery for 10 minutes doe not resolve the fault, there must some other problem.

    I see somebody mentioned a CAN bus fault. This bus connects Engine, ASC and the gearbox to the instrument cluster. It is possible one of these has gone faulty and is corrupting the bus data, which mainly consists of vehicle speed and engine parameters. (hence no speedo or revs)

    I hope that is of some help.
     
     

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