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Old 12-03-2007, 11:39 AM
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1982 Mercedes SL 380 Turn Signals not Working

Good Day all,

First i would like to say what a great forum, I have found some interesting info on the car i just purchased..Got it for a steal just needs a little TLC..

I am having a little problem with the Turn Signals which are not turning on at all, i tried turning on the hazards and no luck. Another thing i did notice was that the Instrument cluster was not lit up at night, I looked for the dimming switch but could not find one..I have changed all the fuses and no luck. I purchased a relay and will try changing it out today, the only problem is that i do not know where the TS relay is located in the car. I think i read some where it might be located in the center console and some are behind the instrument cluster. Any Help and tips would be great. pics would be awesome as well..

thank you
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:03 PM
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Congrats on your new car.
1st thing on your question. The dash dimmers are notorious for going out - the knob is locted on the instrument cluster- looks like the setting for the clock, jiggle and twist it a few times and things SHOULD come back....sometimes the knob is just bad and people bypass the dimmer all together.
On the turn indicators, the hazard switch is the that should be an easy fix......$26 should do it.
In order to get to the switch, you need to remove the wood. Remove the ashtray and the two screws in the back. Once the ashtray is out, you will find 2 more screws - remove the screws and then gently SLIDE the wood panel towards rear of car. Keep hands out of way of mirror switch as it will pop up as wood slides back.

Unplug all the switches and replace the is a good time to clean that center console while out!

Good luck!
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:05 PM
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Thanks for the response i will definitely order the part, is there a preffered vendor?
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:12 PM
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I am having the same problem with my 82 SE - and it's not the Hazard Switch as I swapped it out with one of the other 126's. It's my understanding there is a seperate flasher relay - it's my quest to find where they have stuck it.
My FSM does not cover the Euro's so I referenced a 82 380. Plate #2 shows the turn, hazard relay as N10 under the panel on the passenger floorboard BUT alas not on the 500SE they have hidden it elsewhere.
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