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Old 12-16-2009, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel Gauge Light

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I just did the pixel fix on my 2000 E320 and it is all good now but it took me many many tries. Because of that, I thought I might have messed some other things up.

I recently noticed that my fuel gauge warning light (at the very end of the indicator) and the "dot" shape light under the needle rotating axle lights up dimly in a way just like the other letters and numbers on the cluster when I turn on the driving lights/headlights (no, it does not light up brightly like when I am about to run out of gas).

Do your 2000+ W210 do that too? From my memory, I do not recall that is normal. I was thinking I might have shaked off a film in the fuel gauge or something. Hope some of you know what I am talking about and give me a light on it.

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My 2001 E320 fuel gauge lights do not do that.
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^Thanks

That's what I was thinking. Does anyone know why and the fix?

Thanks in advance. This is really annoying me.
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You're very welcome but I don't know how to fix those. Maybe someone else can help?
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^Thanks

That's what I was thinking. Does anyone know why and the fix?

Thanks in advance. This is really annoying me.
I might be well off the mark here,.. but I had that on my 2001... When you become accustomed to running out of fuel .. you realize it glows dimly when the fuel is a little low.. then it starts to beam like crazy when it starts getting critical ..
atleast i thought so anyway hehe
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I might be well off the mark here,.. but I had that on my 2001... When you become accustomed to running out of fuel .. you realize it glows dimly when the fuel is a little low.. then it starts to beam like crazy when it starts getting critical ..
atleast i thought so anyway hehe
infact it has three stages of glow if i rember right.
dim, brighter, and very bright
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infact it has three stages of glow if i rember right. dim, brighter, and very bright
I'll try to pay closer attention the next time I'm that low.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think I might have found the cause.

After carefully inspection the cluster, I saw that the brezel is not flush to the gauges. From my memory, there is a blocking plate between the two big circles (gauges). I am thinking that because the brezel is not flush that might caused the light from the two big yellow bulb behind cluster to leak into the fuel gauge light. What do you think? I am going to pull out the cluster later again to see if I can get the cluster to flush with the brezel. Any tips on doing that?
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I think I might have found the cause.

After carefully inspection the cluster, I saw that the brezel is not flush to the gauges. From my memory, there is a blocking plate between the two big circles (gauges). I am thinking that because the brezel is not flush that might caused the light from the two big yellow bulb behind cluster to leak into the fuel gauge light. What do you think? I am going to pull out the cluster later again to see if I can get the cluster to flush with the brezel. Any tips on doing that?
I think you could be onto something ... I also fixed my cluster (3 attempts) by inserting a slithers of ruber on top of the ribbons .. and it was around them times when i noticed the light being faint and brighter perhaps i dislodged the bezel and it was the light leaking, i figured the ribbons had restored that function when i saw the behaviour

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I think you could be onto something ... I also fixed my cluster (3 attempts) by inserting a slithers of ruber on top of the ribbons .. and it was around them times when i noticed the light being faint and brighter perhaps i dislodged the bezel and it was the light leaking, i figured the ribbons had restored that function when i saw the behaviour
I just completed the rubber/shimmy cluster fix on my W208 CLK - temp gauge works fine now - and I have the same issue of the small orange dot and fuel gauge warning light glowing dimly when driving lights/headlights are on. Did you manage to get the cluster flush with the brezel, and did that fix the problem?
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