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Old 05-24-2006, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dash Removal Guide, Center Air Vent Solution, How to find Vacuum Leak, 148 pics

With this post, I will detail how I found my vacuum leak, and how I removed my dashboard and all the components to access and correct it. Please read it in full, and note that this is only for reference and may possibly contain errors, missing steps, and, or information specific to my 1995 C280. In other words, I don’t want to be held responsible.

http://www.zadefaraj.com/dashboard.htm

It's about 13 pages of text, and over 140 pictures, and way too large to fit on one forum. Took me a while to write up so I hope this helps someone.


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Old 05-24-2006, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wow!!!! I really hope I never need you ise your write up, but GREAT job!
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That probably took longer to take pictures and do the write up than doing the actual job. Great stuff. I hope I don't need it though. All I had to do to fix my vacuum motor was remove the glove compartment and bottom cover on the right side...
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Excellent post. interesting tools to remove the radio and climate control. was wondering what to use for that.
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Old 05-24-2006, 09:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks! Your thread is wonderful.

That is AWESOME! Your attention to detail and taking the time to photograph step by step is incredible. My husband and I have talked about what it might take to remove the cassette holder (just b/c we don't like it and wanted to make a small storage cubby in that place). Your instructions are so thorough I think I'll try it first thing tomorrow!
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Old 05-25-2006, 01:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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zadefaraj,

Very impressive work, thank you!
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot everyone! I hope it makes everyones task a bit easier, if anyone should ever need to use it.

nursestacy73, I would have another look at the picture really quick, because I'm not sure if there is some sort of clip or locking mechanism on the top (including the screw), but I think there is one one the bottom. In the pictures, specifically, http://www.zadefaraj.com/c280/CIMG1761.jpg there seems to be some kind of arm extending on the right of the screw. Not sure if this was one of those clips, but I do recall something being on the bottom that kind of aligned it with the ashtray. Good luck and let me know the results, so I can make the adjustments to the guide.

Thanks again everyone!

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Old 09-16-2006, 07:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Your report was fantastic. It is exactly what I needed. Thanks for spending so much time with your narrative and the photos were great.
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Again, I have to congratulate you on your repair narrative. Today I took the dash off and removed the bad bellows. I would like to add that I started looking for a vacuum leak by starting at the vacuum pump in the trunk; then moved to the distribution valve under the hood; then a/c solenoid valve body; and ultimately at the base of each bellows. I had two torn bellows, the solid red and red with blue stripe. This is the second time I have removed the dash and the first time I have removed the steering wheel. I really don't find that a necessity. I believe I will replace all bellows while the dash is removed, as they are not that expensive and there is no desire to remove the dash again. Thanks for your help.
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi, Fburns2027. Could you please forward to me the photos that might help me find any vacuum leak in my 1995 C220. The center vents close when AC is on. There's also a whirring sound coming from the central locking vacuum pump whenever the AC is on and I'm stepping on the brakes. Thanks in advance.
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