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1Back to top Go down    fuel gauge backlight on Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:43 am

club_c

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Gents (and ladies),

1988 K100RS, my backlight in the fuel gauge is not working. Pulled the gauge to take a look but cannot simply remove the bulb. I didn't want to force anything, so thought I'd see if anyone has been here before me and knows the obvious little trick to remove the bulb.


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2Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:37 am

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@club_c wrote:Pulled the gauge to take a look but cannot simply remove the bulb. I didn't want to force anything, so thought I'd see if anyone has been here before me and knows the obvious little trick to remove the bulb.
I haven't been there before you. My bike only evolved to idiot lights. Maybe these images from the MAX BMW parts fiche will aid in visualization.



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3Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:40 am

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1) Do it with the gauge face facing up. Otherwise the bulb can fall out and then you have to shake it like a six year old's toy to get it to fall out.

2) Twist the socket while pulling. You won't break anything.

3) Once the socket is out just push a little and twist the bulb counterclockwise.



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4Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:42 am

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Yes that is all correct. I've had the back plastic case off, and can see the bulb socket (last picture) in the back of the gauge metal casing, however when I pull on it (gently so far), it doesn't move. If someone can confirm its just a press in fit I'll get more physical...


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5Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:43 am

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@duck wrote:1) Do it with the gauge face facing up. Otherwise the bulb can fall out and then you have to shake it like a six year old's toy to get it to fall out.

2) Twist the socket while pulling. You won't break anything.

3) Once the socket is out just push a little and twist the bulb counterclockwise.
Thanks duck. You and I were posting at the same time...


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6Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:26 am

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yep just a press fit clubbie

good luck


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7Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:43 pm

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"press fit". Maybe when it was installed in 1988. Today it was a pull and twist and grit the teeth kind of extraction. After all that the bulb was fine. Classic issue on these bikes: the ground on the back of the fuel gauge was corroded. Cleaned it up and now I can see my gauge at night. Thanks for the tip Charlie. I don't think I would have applied that much effort to pulling it out if I didn't know for sure it was a "press fit".


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8Back to top Go down    Re: fuel gauge backlight on Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:00 pm

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woohoo ! another win for you


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