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Old 05-19-2007, 01:41 AM
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When did the W123 shift lever cover change?

Some time ago I spilled coffee in my 123 car and ever since, the right side mirror electrical control wouldn't work. The usual story. Since I knew I could take the switch apart and clean it (but that's another thread), all I had to do was to remove the switch.

My 1982 paper FSM (Body & chassis, volume 2) and my CD-ROM FSM give the same instructions -- remove the two screws hidden behind the ashtray, etc. Well, my '85 doesn't have those screws. Was the '85 like my wife's '87 W124 car? I lifted up the carpet in the tray -- no screw there. Finally, by cautiously wiggling and lifting, I got the cover loose. Turns out there is a plastic pin at the rear of the cover that fits into a matching hole in the frame. You have to move the cover back a good inch to get it to clear -- see the pictures.

Unlike the 124, where the cover comes off clean, leaving the switches attached to a bracket, the 123 cover has the various switches attached to it. As you lift it up, you will feel resistance from all of the wires. Carefully unplug all of the cables from the switches. None in my car had any locking clips and all are keyed so they won't go back on the wrong way. The manual says you have to remove the emergency flasher switch but I didn't have to -- the design must have changed. Each switch is attached to the cover with spring clips -- press them in with a small tool and they lift out.

So, boys and girls, when did the design of the cover change? There's nothing in my "Model Year 1985" supplement so it must have been '83 or '84. What say you?
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:46 AM
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It was that way in my 82 wagon.
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Old 05-19-2007, 03:19 AM
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The idea is that you remove the switches first, and then you pull it out. This is why the ashtray has to be removed because part of it prevents upward movement of the wood on the front part. Since you pulled it out, you did enough clearance to get the front part out, while the rear also had enough clearance.
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Old 05-19-2007, 03:28 AM
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Huh?

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The idea is that you remove the switches first, and then you pull it out....
Don't see how that is possible, MBeige, the switches have to be removed from below, by first unplugging the cables and then releasing the locking clips. Maybe your model is different? My experience is limited to this one 123 and my 124.
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:21 AM
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When you have enough clearance to get the console off, you can squeeze your fingers in there to pry the plugs off the switches. This will allow you to push them upwards, because the switches also inhibit that console from pushing backwards when they're installed (with the plugs). The plugs somehow hit something in there and won't allow the console to pull out that way.

On mine I've always did it that way. Remove ashtray, lift front part up slightly while pushing back, unplug switches, remove switches, push back all the way until the tab frees itself.
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:55 AM
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pre 1980 you need to remove the switches from below. post 1980 you can pry out the switches.
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Old 05-19-2007, 12:30 PM
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The 2 front screws referenced are the 2 holding in the ashtray frame. My '85 has them. I think they all do. that frame pushes down on the wood {or the wood wedges up against it}, and the wood tends to crack/break there if the screws aren't removed and pressure taken off in front.
I'm not sure they all have that tab on the other side, or either it breaks off and a screw is sometimes utilized. I had it held down on that end with velcro on the smoker.....
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