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Old 01-12-2015, 12:41 AM   #1
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98 e36 gauge flickering problem?



does anybody elses e36 do this when you turn the headlights on? i'm trying to see why this happens. if i engage the lights while driving every needle dips to zero then goes back

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Old 01-12-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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No, that's not normal. Looks like you have some sort of short.
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Do you have hids?
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:03 PM   #4
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yea i do, i assumed it had somthing to do with that but wasn't sure. is there a "fix" for this?
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:14 PM   #5
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I think It's the reaction to the initial charge of them. I have the same reaction on mine. I Don't think there is a fix.
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:22 PM   #6
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I think It's the reaction to the initial charge of them. I have the same reaction on mine. I Don't think there is a fix.
o really? ok well i guess i'm glad i'm not the only one that has this issue, sucks but what can i do i guess. next is to figure out how to get rid of the bulb out error
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I think It's the reaction to the initial charge of them. I have the same reaction on mine. I Don't think there is a fix.
Good call on the HID's. Haven't heard of this issue before. I had HID's on my E36 for a long time, and had no issues. Ballast problem maybe?

Maybe pm propr'one on here. He knows lots on HID systems, and he might know something about this, if in fact it's an HID issue.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:23 PM   #8
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i did some accross a thread somewhere that someone said the quality of balist will do this. so if its a terrible ballast it sends all sort of haywire signals and can throw some things off. i don't know too much about it
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:15 PM   #9
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happened to mine a couple years back. every time i turned on the hid's the needles would flicker. one day it went crazy and stopped working altogether. replaced the cluster and never had that problem again, even with the same hid's.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:48 PM   #10
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uh oh! dont know if i like the sound of that!
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:34 AM   #11
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Possibly related: I had a short in the trunk where the wiring runs into the trunk lid on the left side. That caused my gauges to stop working. Its a common issue if I remember correctly.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:00 PM   #12
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but my gauges only flicker when i turn the headlights on. however i do have a licesne plate light out warning on my obc
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:22 AM   #13
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Easy enough to check the trunk wires: just slice open the sheathing and look inside. You can't inspect it without cutting it open, so it will suck if you have no problem and you've opened it up but it is a common problem with older E36's so it's good to check.

Never had that dimming issue on my E36, but I installed HID on a separate power tap with it's own relay with a diode circuit to prevent surges. I got rid of the light out warning by switching the fog lamp wiring and headlamp wiring so that the fog light switch now powers the headlamps.
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