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Old 01-28-2009, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'94 C280 mirror switch replacement

Hey all,

New to the forum, not overly new to Mercedes Benz. Just got a '94 C280 and the mirror switch in the center of the lower console had the control knob snapped off. I've got a replacement switch in my hot little hands, I'm just looking for some direction on how to actually replace it.

Where does one start? I'd prefer to not break anything taking out the lower console, so if anyone has any schematics from the dealer service manual, I'd really appreciate it!

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-Tim
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the same thing happened to me. May i ask where did you get a replacement knob cap? I cant find one anywhere!
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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AutohausAZ... I received the shipment in less than a week, even across the border. I'm really impressed with their service. Their part number for that mirror switch is 1298200610. It's not the knob, it's the entire switch, but for $33, I can't really complain, considering the local stealership wanted nearly $250 for the same part.

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Nice find on the parts source. This is a common issue.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey all,

New to the forum, not overly new to Mercedes Benz. Just got a '94 C280 and the mirror switch in the center of the lower console had the control knob snapped off. I've got a replacement switch in my hot little hands, I'm just looking for some direction on how to actually replace it.

Where does one start? I'd prefer to not break anything taking out the lower console, so if anyone has any schematics from the dealer service manual, I'd really appreciate it!

Thanks,
-Tim
It should not be too hard. I pulled about my center console there to install a audio cord underneath it.

You want to first pull off the black trim cover that's around the gear shift. You can use your nails or be cautious with a flat head screw driver not to scratch the wood paneling. Then after that, you just work your fingers or screw driver at either ends of the center console's ends to work it out. Beyond that, I do not know how to replace the actual switch yet I doubt it's too hard once you take the time to tinker with it.

I'll post a couple of photos in a minute here for ya.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here you go:
DIY-PocketSwap5.jpg - Windows Live

If you look at the first photo you'll see arrows pointing to what you'll need to do. Also see my caption notes. But the lower center console pulls out as one huge piece, and I don't think you can get around it.

And DEFINITELY be careful popping the lower center console out. I wasn't cautious enough on the edge and ended up chipping a piece of tiny wood off. Lucky I found it and glued it back in place, but it's noticeable to anybody looking for it. So don't learn the hard way like I did. lol



BTW, click on the two other photos in the upper right area. It's a slideshow, forgot to mention that!
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Thanks for the assistance guys! The pictures were a big help, too.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Glad to hear the photos helped out!
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