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Instrument Cluster Replacement
 
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Instrument Cluster Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$300

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, T10 Torx bit and ratchet

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)
BMW M5 Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Instrument cluster

Hot Tip:

Work in good light and on clean surface and clean cluster plastic before reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Working instrument cluster

Complementary Modification:

Replace iDrive screen if faulty

The instrument cluster on BMW E60 models incorporates multiple information gauges that display engine operation information. Some of the gauges in the instrument cluster include: the fuel gauge, engine RPM and vehicle speed. As vehicles mature and computer controls become more advanced, less information is relayed to the driver. This is evident with the minimalist gauge set in BMW E60 models.

The instrument cluster on BMW E60 models is serviced as a whole unit. The illumination and warning lights in the cluster are soldered LED bulbs. When a bulb or gauge fails in the cluster you have two options, remove the instrument and replace it with a new one, or send it out to a repair service. I feel like option two, sending it out for repair is best. You save money on the part and do not have to worry about coding it. If you decide to replace the instrument cluster with a new one, you will need to have it coded and programmed using an advanced BMW scan tool. The instrument cluster is one of three locations that vehicle data (odometer reading, service needs and other data) is redundantly stored, the other locations being the light module and CAS module. This means that a new cluster has to be synched to the other two modules.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Move the steering wheel as far down and away from the dashboard as it will go (red arrow).
Figure 1

Move the steering wheel as far down and away from the dashboard as it will go (red arrow).

Working at the top of the instrument cluster, remove the two T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working at the top of the instrument cluster, remove the two T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

I prefer using a T10 Torx bit in a small ratchet.
Figure 3

I prefer using a T10 Torx bit in a small ratchet. This allows more than enough working space and keeps me from coming in contact with the plastic cover on the instrument cluster.

Next, pull the top of the instrument cluster out of the dashboard, tilting it down as you remove it (red arrow).
Figure 4

Next, pull the top of the instrument cluster out of the dashboard, tilting it down as you remove it (red arrow).

Position the instrument panel so the gauges face down on the top of the steering wheel.
Figure 5

Position the instrument panel so the gauges face down on the top of the steering wheel. Then working at the back of the instrument cluster, detach the wiring harness from the back of the cluster. First, pull the left side mount out of the instrument cluster (red arrow). Then remove the harness from the mount (blue arrow), and finally press the small tab. Then unlock the electrical connector by opening the latch 90 degrees (green arrow).

Slide the instrument cluster out of the dashboard toward the left side of the vehicle.
Figure 6

Slide the instrument cluster out of the dashboard toward the left side of the vehicle. You may have to gently bend the front plastic portion of the cluster (red arrow) to get it out from behind the steering wheel. Then install a new or repaired instrument cluster into the dashboard in the reverse order of removal. Code and program as needed. Check the operation of the replaced instrument cluster to confirm that everything is working as it is supposed to.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Mr.Gama Comments: hi pape

i have the same problem with my e60, did you fix it ?
June 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll need a new cluster. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
pape Comments: Hi,

Do you think the led on this part can be changed? look into my pictures.
April 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe through an electronic repair shop. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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