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Old 03-15-2009, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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86 560SL How to remove outside temp gauge?

Hi all,

During reomoving for cleaning the instrmument cluster. I failed to remove the outside temp gauge?

Any advice?


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Old 03-15-2009, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sits in a round gasket and you either have to remove the radio or the glove box to get your hand in there to push it out.

Don't even THINK of trying to pry it out from the front.

Unless it is broken or not lit, you can clean it without the trouble of removing it. If you want to repaint the needle or replace the bulb, be aware that it is almost impossible to disassemble. Almost
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It sits in a round gasket and you either have to remove the radio or the glove box to get your hand in there to push it out.

Don't even THINK of trying to pry it out from the front.

Unless it is broken or not lit, you can clean it without the trouble of removing it. If you want to repaint the needle or replace the bulb, be aware that it is almost impossible to disassemble. Almost
When I remove the cluster out. I try to reach my hand toward the back of the outside temp gauge and try to push from back toward the front. These gasket around the gauge is so tight. Unfortually I can not put it out.

I just need to take it out and clean the lens. It looks dirty and have to see.

I have the aftermaket radio installed in the car when I bought it.
One time I try to remove but it is hard to get it out.

I guess the close it one the temp gauge is the radio. I will try to remove the radio again.

You are sure just push in back the gauge it will comes out. No bracket or screws involved. Correct?


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When I remove the cluster out. I try to reach my hand toward the back of the outside temp gauge and try to push from back toward the front. These gasket around the gauge is so tight. Unfortually I can not put it out.

I just need to take it out and clean the lens. It looks dirty and have to see.

I have the aftermaket radio installed in the car when I bought it.
One time I try to remove but it is hard to get it out.

I guess the close it one the temp gauge is the radio. I will try to remove the radio again.

You are sure just push in back the gauge it will comes out. No bracket or screws involved. Correct?


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On my 85 and 86, the round temp gauge in the middle of the dash is in a round rubber gasket, and it pushes out. there was no bracket just the connector and cable that provides power for the electronics, lighting, and the wire for the temp sensor (4 pins total). MAybe some silicone spray or liquid soap would help.

Again, the outside of the lens can be cleaned spotless with the usual methods without removing the gauge; it's made of glass so scratching is not a high concern.

If the INSIDE of the glass is dirty, it would require disassembly, and again, this is EXTREMELY difficult because it was not meant to be disassembled. Frankly, unless you are very good with this stuff I wouldn't try it - but this is how it was done:

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On my 85 and 86, the round temp gauge in the middle of the dash is in a round rubber gasket, and it pushes out. there was no bracket just the connector and cable that provides power for the electronics, lighting, and the wire for the temp sensor (4 pins total). Maybe some silicone spray or liquid soap would help.

Again, the outside of the lens can be cleaned spotless with the usual methods without removing the gauge; it's made of glass so scratching is not a high concern.

If the INSIDE of the glass is dirty, it would require disassembly, and again, this is EXTREMELY difficult because it was not meant to be disassembled. Frankly, unless you are very good with this stuff I wouldn't try it - but this is how it was done:

Center Temp Gauge (107) Restoration - ShopForum
After I read your explanation. it seem to be hard to remove the front glass lens. My gauge is dusty inside and it need to remove the front glass to clean.
I guess I will think twice now.
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Hmmm....the gauge really seemed to be sealed pretty well (there's even a gasket at the rear where the connector prongs stick out). I wonder how yours got so dirty. Maybe a previous owner smoked a lot in the car?
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Dad gum aftermarket radios. The bain of consoles everywhere.
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Hmmm....the gauge really seemed to be sealed pretty well (there's even a gasket at the rear where the connector prongs stick out). I wonder how yours got so dirty. Maybe a previous owner smoked a lot in the car?
I wonder about it too. How can the dust get inside?
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