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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-17-2007, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Fixing the dashboard lighting

Hi!

I have an '73 European 280CE and my dashboard lighting isnt working. I have checked the fusebox but every fuse is ok. Im planning to take out the dashboard and check the wiring contacts but i dont know how to take out the dashboard and what to check behind it.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: The interior lighting and the auto trans lighting are oks but the tachometer's and the other units lighting and even the frontlight switcher arent ligihting.

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The reostat to illuminate and dim the dash lights is next to the tripmeter. Sometimes gently rotating it will restore illumination. Most times tho the reostat is worn out. If the gauge cluster is like my 280 SEL was, you remove the parking brake bracket under the dash to let the pull handle drop down. Then with a small hand reach up to unscrew the knurled nut holding the cross piece holding the cluster in. This nut is centered behind the clock. then pull the cross piece straight back and out. Then disconnect speedo cable. Pull the cluster toward the steering wheel, reach behind pull off the multi wire connector and remove entire cluster. You will see the reostat secured to the printed circuit. I soldered a short piece of wire across the two reostat posts so the illumination was permanent full bright. You might get lucky and the cross piece is no longer there! if thats the case just removing the speedo cable and electrical connector will allow cluster removal. On the headlight switch, the orange light will only illuminate with fog lights on after the switch is pulled straight out. Most do not illuminate as a rule because they are not equipped with a rear fog bulb nor socket.
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Thanks mate.

I have fixed it. The lighting power changer's copper "wire" was oxidated. So i cleaned it and now its ok. Works perfectly

The fog light indicator light still not working I have integrated fog lights. The bulb is in perfect condition. So i dont know why it isnt working
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