Date registered: Jan 2018
Vehicle: 1995 SL 500
Location: Boston area, Massachusetts
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tight quarters is correct
Before you begin, turn your wheels hard left.......and then disconnect your battery
I just replaced this on my 95 sl 500. There is a bracket (bracket 2 in pic 1 upper left, also in pic 4) between the starter and the end of the "positive cable" (pic 2) where it connects in the transmission tunnel to the 12V stud.(pic 2) The bracket (pic 4)bolts to the trans bellhousing with an allen bolt. It can be difficult.
It is best accessed from above, between the firewall and the engine, using a 20" extension. After removing that bracket bolt, remove the two bolts that hold the starter to the bellhousing. This allows you to turn the starter downward so you can access the 12v and switch connections from the wiring harness to starter (pic 5). Remove the three heat shields that surround the starter. These are held on with sheet metal screws and nuts. Once this difficult part of the job is done and youve wrangled the heat shields off, you can tilt the entire starter, solenoid downward, and unbolt the 12v connection and the switched connection.
As far as having to remove the exhaust, it depends on your exhaust configuration. Sorry. If you can remove the drivers side pipe from the exhaust manifold to the left side pipe (my config) it will give you more room to work.
Good luck. dan