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Cluster replacement on 190, now get slack?

Hi,

Want to revive my odometer on 190E 2.6 1989...
Anybody know how to get slack on speedo cable to get enough access for back of the cluster.
It goes inside from motor comprtmt directly, not on the floor insidelike on other model where you can just unclip it.

Should I go under ? Hope no.

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yea i believe all 190s have the bolt (i think 10mm) on the side of the transmission. I know thats how i had to get mine out

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While you could get under the car and disconnect the speedo cable from the transmission, it is also possible to get the cluster out as follows:

Remove the underdash panels which is held in by screws

Remove the black plastic air ducting that runs from the center console to the left vent which is held in place only by pressure fit

That will clear enough space to get your fingers on the brass colored speedo cable nut on the back of the cluster. Loosen and then push the cluster out from the back. There is enough slack in the cable harness to angle the cluster out without moving the steering wheel.
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Thanks to People28 and Honolulu!

will try#2.

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I re-read my post and should note that you only have to undo the underdash panel on the driver's side.

Removing the air duct may seem dangerous, but being press fit into each end, it is literally a tug and pull operation. The flexible duct is wiggled out from under the dash.

When you're looking up at the back of the speedo, shine a light towards the center and you'll easily see the brass knurled fitting.

All the wire harnesses on the cluster are key coded, so you really can't plug one into the wrong location.

When handling the cluster, be careful about the solder joint that creates the "ground/earth" connection between the center and left modules. If you find that the left side (gas, engine temp, oil pressure) goes dead, it's quite likely that the joint was broken.

Finally, before re-assembly, go ahead and replace all the $1 light bulbs and then you'll be good to go for another 10 years.
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Hi, tried to get to speedo from inside and could not, removed protective foam bar and then disconnected vent tube and still could not see/access speedo nut. there is some triangle reinforcement plate that prevent to do this.
Did you mean exactly 190 model?

I did disconnect speedo using screwdriver in the small opening I got, just because nut was loose enough to do so, but i can't do this putting it back.
So now I'm looking to disconnect cable on transmission.

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