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Gear selection light help

95 e320 cab. Light in the gear selection panel works sometimes, usually not. Obviously it looks like a short. Anyone have any experience with this? How do I get in there and look? Any tips?
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20 min job to get to the seed bulb/holder. Lift the trim ring around the selector gate, then lift the center console wood. The light is mounted in a small push/pull plug on the forward side of the gear selector box.

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What holds the selector trim down? And is that the only thing holding the wood down? Seems too simple.
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Selector trim is held down by plastic clips. Careful manipulation should allow removal w/o breaking the clips.

The center console is held down by a screw at the back, although on later W124s that screw is usually hidden by the center storage console. Remove the storage console prior to removing center console.

Also remove the ashtray asssembly prior to removing center console.

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http://www.peachparts.com/Wikka/W124Stereo

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What holds the selector trim down? And is that the only thing holding the wood down? Seems too simple.
Spend a few minutes combing the factory service manual. You'll find the online link for it in out DIY section. The only tool you'll need is a phillips screwdriver. Open your center console storage box. In the forward two corners are small phillips screws. Remove them. Lift the box from the forward side and it comes away from the console. You'll now see a single phillips screw dead center at the back of the wood trim. Remove it. Get your fingernails under the edge of the trim ring and start lifting gently. Lift the center wood trim from the back in a gentle, progressive way. Personally, I've never had to remove the ash tray assembly. You'll find multiple threads about removing the console wood trim by using the search function of this forum.

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Ok. Thanks guys, helpful as always.
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If the light is intermittent it's not the bulb. Bulbs either work or the y don't. Probably some crud in the socket from spilled coffee or soda etc over time creating a partiual contact situation. Get some spray electrical cleaner (plastic safe) and give it a good cleaning while you have it open. Good time to lube up anything else exposed.

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I have had both home and auto bulbs that were bad and would go on and off at random, so I would say that the bulb is the first, simplest, and cheapest thing to try. Then go from there.

In fact, I just had a bad bulb in the left side of the instrument cluster that was turning on and off at random. New bulb, no more problems.
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