I have a 2003 525i and recently some of the orange pixels or digits in the radio display and the message center in under the speedometer and tach are missing and the leaves the numbers "broken" in both areas , this is the best way I can explain it...no other electrical issues. 95% of the time it is like this now, but once in a while, everything will go back to normal and look like they did when new or not having a problem. It is maybe a sensor or something needs to be reset. I had a battery changed and ever since then it has been a problem.
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Sounds like you need to reset your Oil life/ maintenance reminder light. (also, double check your oil level)
To reset Oil life on a standard dash stlye: 1. pres and release the TRIP/RESET button until the message center displays SETUP MENU HOLD RESET 2. Press and hold the TRIP/RESET button for 2 seconds until the message center displays RESET FOR SYS CHECK 3. press and hold the TRIP/RESET button for 2 seconds until the message center displays OIL LIFE xx% RESET IF NEW 4. Press and release the TRIP/RESET button until the message center displays HOLD RESET IF NEW OIL 5. Press and hold TRIP/RESET button for 2 seconds and release to reset oil life to 100% 6. Message center will briefly display OIL CHANGE SET TO 100%
With a message center cluster the procedure is as follows: 1. press and release SETUP button until message center displays PRESS RESET TO BEGIN SYSTEM CHECK 2. Press and release RESET button until the message center displays HOLD RESET IF NEW OIL 3. Press and hold RESET button for 2 seconds and release to reset the oil life to 100% 4. The message center displays SETUP MENU HOLD RESET
Hope this is what you need/ are looking for. Goodluck & let me know how it goes, or if you have a different problem.
My right side of this center dash window light that displays the temp.reading also went out on my 2003 4Runner. The letters & number were readable, but the back light was out to see everything at night. My mechanic said the bulb was out and he had to pull the section off surrounding the whole center dash portion that encompasses the radio, mileage, a/c & radio section. I left it up to them to do, since they said it would take an hour. Now the whole section lights w/o any problems.
Are you referring to the message center??? The message center is the CRT display in the center of the dash that controls your radio, A/C, heat, displays gauges, etc.
If that's not lighting up, you need to replace the unit. I have a spare one if you're interested. It's not perfect. The very bottom of the screen is starting to become very slightly distorted, but I will sell it very cheap. Just bought the entire interior from an '88 Reatta from a junkyard. Message center came with it. Let me know.
Bruce McGowan - [email protected]
Without knowing the year of your truck, I'm assuming that it is a 2000 or newer and has a message center on the left side of the of the instrument panel.
If it was an orange square, with no writing in it, then it was probably the Battery warning light, which illuminates when there is a problem with the charging system. The engine coolant light would more than likely be a message that says TEMP, and the check engine light would be shaped like an engine (both would be in the message center).
For the dash display, if you're finding it to be intermittent, where it lights up sometimes and other times it doesn't, or if you have the driver information center that displays all kinds of info, but it's missing pixels, this is a common failure. The only fix is to buy another one, and they're very expensive (around $700).
As for the heater, turn on the system by hitting Auto or one of the fan speed buttons. Use the + and - buttons below the temp display to change the temp setting. If the heat doesn't heat up very well, you may have either a thermostat stuck open, or a failed heater core.