To remove the instrument panel is straight forward. It is merely held in place be friction. You can make up two small hooks out of a coat hanger and then insert them into the small gap just above the wooden trim on the left and right. If you insert the hooks (making them quite small and about 4 inches long with a good grip hold on the other end and then with the hook facing towards the cluster you can pull the cluster out. If you cant get the hook to catch level with the wooden trim then you can just hook onto the lip of the cluster just above the wood trim carfully. If you cant get it to move, then try one side then the other, it should come.
PS when you get the cluster out,dont disconnect the cables as it can cause an Airbag fault light to come on! Good Luck..
I don't think so either. Your cruise control unit is underneath the ashtray.I recently replaced all the meter cluster bulbs in my 97 E420. Now my cruise will not engage at >60 mph. Worked fine enroute to appointment. Mechanic laughed it off and said no way bulb replacement caused problem. Anyone out there know if there is a relation?
It will run and miles wont b put in.hey guys, apparently our benzes will start AND run just fine with the instrument cluster removed.
however i do not know if the car will store the added miles while driving without the cluster. LOL
thats the way they are made. the tiny bulbs are sold as a unit with the base. Available from the dealer. The larger bulbs (similar to a type 194) come out of the base.my tiny bulbs are stuck in the socket base no way of pulling them out
I fashioned hooks out of clothes hangers too but couldn't get them to latch on. I was able to get my cluster out eventually using a paint can lid remover and prying the lip of the cluster with lots of effort.Just want to post a few pics on IC removal learned from the thread and posting here.
Post #22 showed the proper tools, this is the cheap one I made by bending a iron wire-type cloth hanger, also learned from the posts and threads here.
Not necessarily to slip into the notches, just hook wherever you can pull it out.I fashioned hooks out of clothes hangers too but couldn't get them to latch on. I was able to get my cluster out eventually using a paint can lid remover and prying the lip of the cluster with lots of effort.
Looking at the sides of the removed instrument cluster, I figured out why my hanger didn't work. My hanger was a little too thick to slip into the notches where the tool is supposed to hook onto. Also the notches are a little below where the tool enters so you have to slide it down after inserting to latch.
All MB clusters are screwless. You can buy the tool for like $10 on ebay.will these "hooks" you refer to work on pulling the instrument cluster on the 1998 ml 320 ? just wanted to be shure befor i did something wrong and screwed the instrument cluster
my bad i see now this is for the 210 E series
I just found this thread and wanted to know what LED bulb you used, I'm planning on changing out the 2 bulbs in the Yellow Socket holder, but I have no idea what type of LED would go in it. Im planning on swapping the lights from orange to either U.V, blue or red, haven't decided yet. I know it might be a noob question, but I'm honestly confused as to the type of LED to order, I dont want to find out later that the LED I bought didnt fit the bulb holder itself.I changed my bubls for 1.5V to get a brighter light, they have been in for 2 years and not given a problems, You can always turn the brightness down with the swtich too...