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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 1:35 pm 
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For all those who blow their BEM's there is a quick fix to get past the no cluster lights for a while until you can afford to purchase a new BEM.

The few BEM's (all been high series) i have looked at have all had the same problem (usually done by playing with the buttons while putting dash back)

This fix fixes everything in the BEM except the dimming of the cluster (LCD's can still dim)

This problem is blowing the track between B18 and the dimming chip.

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The easiest way to fix this is to just solder the two points together!
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Once thats done, replace and will work like new! (except for the dimming of the dials! but who does that!?! :D)

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:03 pm 
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I would be using a piece of wire if it blew once, all you have done is add a meltable fuse (i.e. solder)

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:10 pm 
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its all you need, i used it for over a week and its fine

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:12 pm 
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it probably wouldn't get hot enough but it is new to me to see people re-track WITH a peice of solder!! lol

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:14 pm 
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Looks like a top method of limping the car around (i.e. to go get a new BEM). Nice work.

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:14 pm 
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:D i used what was on hand ;)

plus the points are solder anyways ;s .. so i just thought.. :S i used it for over a week! so no worries!!

its a good quick fix!

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:15 pm 
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haha greg - so still interested in getting the high series BEM off rod then? :lol:

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:23 pm 
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is that it? You've blown your high series one??????? bahh! lol

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:24 pm 
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Happy wrote:
is that it? You've blown your high series one??????? bahh! lol


soooo... still interested? :)

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 2:27 pm 
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ahahah ! :D

cant go past it though.. didnt think it was that easy to fix aye!
all these ppl not having cluster lights now can! :D

 

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Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:39 pm 
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I take it that is the blown one i sent you, well on the weekend I blew another one, but the track you have described isn't damaged. I have soldered it any way and will refit soon. Have you found any other drama's that may cause this
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Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 10:14 pm 
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dont use solder, use proper wire, thats silly!

 

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Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 10:41 pm 
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not as yet... all the ones i have looked at (3) have been caused through the buttons (arial and demister) not connecting properly!

 

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Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 10:43 pm 
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I take it that is the blown one i sent you, well on the weekend I blew another one, but the track you have described isn't damaged. I have soldered it any way and will refit soon. Have you found any other drama's that may cause this
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have a look at that doco about the BEM's see what part is blown and trace that in your car.. that will be your problem!

i'll try find the doco now..


as for using solder... its perfectely fine :P

 

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Posted: Wed May 18, 2005 1:05 am 
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Why buy a new BEM?????

Auto EMF at Southside Ford in Brisbane repair them at a reasonable price, and can test them too. Call and ask for Brett, he tested mine yesterday for me.
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