Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Diesel Discussion

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-01-2003, 05:12 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: gold hill ,n.c.
Posts: 44
'85 instrument panel

do you have to disconnect the speedometer cable before pushing instrument panel out. there doesn't seem to be enough slack to move it out enough to disconnect it and my hand is to big to remove it before removing panel.any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
luke morgan '84 300dt 180k,'85 300dt 220k, '95 S350 117k
Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2003, 05:54 PM
engatwork's Avatar
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
Posts: 12,032
You have pretty much found the hardest part of removing the inst cluster. I have heard that some folks disconnect it from the transmission end to provide some additional slack at the cluster. This will allow you to pull it further out. I am able to get my hand in there to unscrew/disconnect it.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2003, 07:19 PM
Holson Adi's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 2,561
Is this what has been holding me back from being able to pull my cluster out?

I got it out but it was definitely a connected cable of some sort that stopped me from doing it.

I will drop that cover below the dash and see if I can remove the cluster then.

One question..
on the 1983 300CD, do I have an actual oil pressure line or an electronic oil pressure sender line?

Just wanna make sure...

2008 BMW 335i Coupe
Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2003, 07:32 PM
engatwork's Avatar
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
Posts: 12,032
You have an oil pressure line. Hold the inst cluster fitting (12 mm I think) while turning the fitting on the line (10 mm I think) to disconnect it. The other end of the line is at the lower part of the oil filter housing on the drivers side.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2003, 07:37 PM
Posts: n/a
I find it much easier to jack the car at the left front and slide under the car on the drivers side. The speedo cable is at the rear of the trans and is held in by a bolt with 10mm head. It's on the right side for manual and left for automatic.

On our newly aquired 240DI removed the dash and found two burned and seperated traces on the circuit board.
The best method of dashboard instrument circuit board repair is conductive epoxy. Conductive epoxy is a very finly divided silver product made by Chemtronics of Kennasaw, Georgia (800-645-5244). It's mixed like epoxy and applied like a paste. It can also be make prototype boards or whatever.

I bought some at a salvage store years ago and don't have a current source. Perhaps our sponsor might carry this product

Randy Roeges
Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 11:25 PM
Registered User
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,373
I once gained a much needed 2 inches by cutting a plastic tie underneath the car that held the speedo cable tight to the frame. This allowed me to slide my hand behind the instrument cluster and disconnect the speedo cable. Its still a pain however.

'84 300DT 298k (Aubrey's)
'99.5 Jetta TDI IV 251k (Julie's)
'97 Jetta TDI 127k (Amber's)
'97 Jetta TDI 186k (Matt's)
'96 Passat TDI 237k (Don's
'84 300D 211k Mint (Arne- Undergoing Greasecar Conversion)

'82 240D 229k (Matt's - Converted-300DT w/ 4 speed
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2003, 01:00 AM
jjalex's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 175
I also just cut the tie holding the cable to the frame and made it work that way. Not too much trouble...

The oil fitting on my instrument was 13mm & 10mm on the line.

I think the biggest pain is getting off the electrical plug on the left side. Of course I did it the hard way - without removing the steering wheel.

1995 E320 - 115kmi+ Smoke Silver/Cream (Wife's Wagon)
1989 260E - 195kmi+ Black/Grey (My Panther)
1984 300D - 242kmi+ Black/Palomino (Retired)
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page