Date registered: Dec 2016
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Instrument Cluster Removal - Warning
The cold weather seemed to result in several of my instrument cluster and dashboard bulbs burning out in my '97 s420. So, I bought the special hooks to pull out the cluster. Simple enough, right? Well, as it turns out, I guess 20 years of expanding and contracting plastics caused the dashboard material to actually fuse itself to the instrument cluster. This was not known until I tried to use the hooks and could not get the cluster to budge. Even abandoning the hooks and removing the driver's side dashboard vent to press it out from the back almost did not work.
Next time I have to do this job, I will probably just ditch the hooks and use this longer method. This is just a warning to anyone in the future who is looking for a helpful hint for this project. Also, if you do use the hook method, caution should be used to not accidentally rip the clear face from the rest of the cluster.