Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '84 500 SEC Euro 040 black Lorinser 2005 sl500
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Actual Dash Removal! You are almost there!
Start at the top and work down. Each speaker recess has a small 3mm hex head bolt that needs removing (I think it is 3mm). After those 2 there is one more 3mm hex head bolt that is under a plastic cover at the center of the leading edge of the dash. Pry out the long thin cover just like you did on the driver’s side knee bolster. Remove the hex head bolt. Now is a good time to check if you have a screw holding the dash to a bracket just inside the left part of the opening where the glove box was. Should be just below the pink vacuum pod a few inches down. Remove it. Now down close to the door opening at the lower outer edge of the dash you will see 2 gold nuts holding the dash to brackets that bolt to the car body. Remove both of these from passenger and drivers side. You may wish to only remove just the nut and bolt from the bracket and leave the bracket attached to the body, but if you remove them it is just one more thing to get out of the way.
Center and Side Vent Control Wire Removal
You might want to do the way described below or remove the center vent surround completely the way Benzworld members did in a write up (Grumpy and Foolio) I will include that link when I have finished here. Either way, remove the center vent deflectors by slipping a small screw driver into the side of the vent and push the clip inward while pulling the vent out. You must have the vent pointing down as far as it will allow you to with the screw driver slipped under the hold down clip. Be careful and make sure you push in on the clips while pulling so that the vent does not fall apart when it comes out of the housing. Looking into the center vent and moving the slider control below the vent you can see the center air flap moving on a horizontal axis. If you look in with a flashlight on it, you will see a black phillips head screw. Using a magnetic phillips head screw driver, undo the screw and remove it. Now that the center vent is undone you need to undo the left and right vent control cable. For the driver’s side slider control cable you need to look down where your right foot would be while sitting in the seat, then look up where the plastic evap case is. Just start moving the left vent slider back and forth while looking under there and you will see it moving on a pivot arm. You will need to carefully remove the clip that you see, then take a small curved pick and remove the wire from it’s mount. Don’t break the plastic mount. There is no fixing it if you break short of trying to glue it but that won’t last long. Run the slider back and forth a few times and you will notice the wire is moving freely without being mounted onto the post anymore. That’s a good thing. Putting it back on will take some time during reassembly. Make sure to put the clip back on it when putting it all back together. Next is the left slider control cable remover. At this point the dash should be free of any bolts or nuts holding it down so you can move the dash around a little while removing the sliders if you need room. For the passenger side do the same thing in the passenger foot well as you did on the drivers side. Slide it back and forth until you se the cable moving a metal post (not plastic this time). Remove the clip then pry the metal winding off the post with a pick, then move the slider back and forth so you can see that the cable is free from the post.
Last edited by kodiakj2; 06-09-2011 at 04:34 PM.