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The four(4) dashboard signs of my 300D MB

i have my 1977 300D Benz. i bought it second hand. there are four indicator lights on my dashboard. the first from the left is for the bright night light; the second is for the battery indicator. however, i dont know the other two signs. the third sign has two small and big circles with three dots on both sides. the fourth sign also has two small and big cirlces and looks inside a parenthesis. what does these two latter dashboard signs mean? i dont have the manual because its a second hand benz. can anybody please tell me? thanks.
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Could the third sign be a glow-indicator ? (Sinse it's a diesel )
The forth sounds like a wear-indicator for the brakes. Or parking-brake.

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You need an owners manual. Available via e-bay or MBUSA. You'll be missing out on a lot your car has to offer without one.

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Non-turbos did not have a tacho/clock combo... just a big 'ole clock.
The word "BRAKE" is only for the parking-brake.

(This is how turbodiesel W123's should look like if it's a US version.)
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The word "BRAKE" is only for the parking-brake.

(This is how turbodiesel W123's should look like if it's a US version.)
It is also for the brake fluid level in the reservoir.

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Yes that too, thanks! I’m curious though since amarbenj posted that there seems to be 2 icons with what he described as “the fourth sign also has two small and big cirlces and looks inside a parenthesis” I can’t recall exactly but it seems that it could be for something else as well? Or could someone else just have previously installed another icon in there?

A standard '78 300D cluster should look similar to this:
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my dashboard is exactly the same as you..they only differ on the fourth sign..anyway, thanks guys..this time i know..it could be for park brake or for brake fluid level..i'll check it out..thanks
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The third sign is for brake wear and low brake fluid as mentioned before.
US is the only country (as far as I know) that has the word "BRAKE" in the sign for the parking brake. Europe and Canada have the international symbol for the parking brake as you described it (otherwise MB would have to write BRAKE in french too in Canada and 80 other languages elsewhere). Where are you located? That should clear it although there are a lot of european and grey market MB's in US too.
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i see. thanks gafitanu. im from the Philippines. im a new benz owner that's why. im just starting to familiariaze the techno of MB. by the way, you mentioned about the low brake fluid indicator on my dashboard. when i switch in the ignition key, the indicator lights up, sometimes it doesnt. whats the problem?

is there any special brake fluid for MB? im using the ordinary brake fluid for my 300D. is it alright?

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i see. thanks gafitanu. im from the Philippines. im a new benz owner that's why. im just starting to familiariaze the techno of MB. by the way, you mentioned about the low brake fluid indicator on my dashboard. when i switch in the ignition key, the indicator lights up, sometimes it doesnt. whats the problem?

is there any special brake fluid for MB? im using the ordinary brake fluid for my 300D. is it alright?

It only lights up when you have the parking brake on (and when the brake fluid level is low).
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