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is it hard to remove the instrument cluster for my 190E 1988 ?
Looked on youtube did not find any interesting one.?
 

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Not really difficult, just a PITA. Having small hands helps.

Instrument Panel

5. Remove the cover under the dash on the drivers side. Looking under the dash find and remove the left hand air duct. 6. Reach up behind the dash and unscrew the speedometer retaining nut on the back of the instrument panel and detach the cable from the speedometer head. 7. Push out the instrument panel from the rear to release the five retaining clips. 8. Remove the electrical connectors form the instrument panel mark them so u know where they go for reassembly 9. Remove the panel from the car.
Disconnecting the speedometer cable from the transmission first makes it alot easier.
 

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Nope, not hard at all. Small hands would be helpful. The hardest part is disconnecting the speedometer cable, this is where small hands would help. You have to put your hand through the left vent and blindly disconnect the cable. Then the cluster will pull out enough to disconnect the rest of the connections. The reverse is really the tricky part. It's much easier with the steering wheel off but not necessary.
 

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May I suggest placing some masking tape on the ledge of the dash just before the cluster. That will protect the ledge from any scratches.

+1 on the instructions and reference above.
 

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Just a question. What would happen if I remove the cluster without disconnecting the negative terminal???

Thanks;
hmarmaizmd717
 

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In all seriousness aside, the car would likely completely short circut with so many disconnected wires and catch on fire. I would recommend using a garden hose to lightly spray into the center vent and behind the cluster so nothing catches on fire, you know?
 

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I thought I was asking a serious question, Viper. Due to the fact that in the " tutorial"
on how to remove the cluster, it was stated to disconnect it. I think I deserve a human answer. Ha.

hmarmaizmd717
 

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Ok haha

I don't think it matters if you remove the negative terminal or not. When I removed my cluster, the battery was still hooked up. The only thing that will be getting power is the clock I believe.
 

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Most likely just for safety, you never know what could happen, there is always a chance the airbag could blow up with all the moving around behind there.
 
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