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Photo DIY- Instrument Cluster R/R with Bulb Changes.

Greets.

I realize there are different Variations on different years/models... but Still... I had a difficult time researching the "Type and Number" of Bulbs in the Instrument Cluster.

Surprisingly, even EPC does not give an actual Break-down of the type/# !!!

Sooo, I thought I would give "my" particular model and experience... a 1998 E320.


PLEASSEEEEE be very very Careful! These Clusters (by History) are "Sensitive" to Stresses, and have been know to Crack/Break, with is a Crazy-Expensive "Oooopppsss". Use care on both Removal AND Install!

Anyhoooo, I think the photos are self-explanatory...

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Bravo G-AMG! Yet another excellent DIY posting.

For the makeshift mechanics among us, I have used a coat hanger bent to the shape of the MB tool hook to successfully remove ICs on three different models. It takes a surprising bit of steady force to work the IC out for the first time. After that it is easier.

A small standard blade screwdriver to rotate the bulbs and then using needle nosed pliers to remove the bulb is another alternate tool setup. (But I really like the MB bulb remover).

In this model of IC, the bottom center 6 bulbs are what provide backlighting for the LCD - if the pixels are dim those bulbs might be at end of life.
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Thank you! As usual, an excellent write-up.

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I did my IC about 3 weeks ago following the forum guidance. Mine is a 2003 E320 and the bulbs were all clearly labeled on the PC board as 1.3W. Although the shim repair described in the stickys got my temperature pixels and clock going, I remain without the shift position indicator AND I screwed up my fuel gauge. At first it was stuck at <E and I assumed that meant it was pinned as the sticky suggests and figured I'd get back to it. Over the last few weeks however the needle has gradually moved up passed F and is now half way to the temp gauge. I'm guessing this is electrical rather than mechanical. I will pull the IC again but any clue as what to look for?
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Hi, G-AMG,

On the fourth picture, I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "once engaged, angle hooks outward ~120 degrees". Wouldn't that cause the hook to be disengaged?
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Hi, G-AMG,

On the fourth picture, I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "once engaged, angle hooks outward ~120 degrees". Wouldn't that cause the hook to be disengaged?
Sorry, it is difficult to explain in just a few words on an annotated picture....


Once you have engaged the serrations, with the handles parallel to the ground:

Slightly move the Left handle towards the drivers door at an angle of 10 or 20 degrees.

The Right hook is angled 10-20 degrees toward the passenger door.

The whole concept is to make the Puller Tool "HookTips" FIRMLY SEAT into the Serrations.
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Got it. It's not a rotate action, but a "lateral move" action.

Thanks for the prompt explanation.

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