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tom pitts 02-24-2008 10:28 AM

560sl instrument cluster removal
There are a couple of dead moths inside the cluster in front of the speedometer - really bugs me :P. Is the cluster held in by friction, or are there some hidden screws? Help would be appreciated.


donbryce 02-24-2008 10:53 AM

You'll need to remove the steering wheel to get it out. Disconnect battery, remove the 2 torx screws from the back of the wheel, lift off and unplug the airbag, then undo the big screw in the center, after first marking the position of the wheel on the spline. Take off the plastic trim piece, 3 small screws. You'll probably want to do a search on steering wheel nut removal first too. Lots of info on how to get this out if stuck.
Next, do a search on how to pull the cluster. It's a friction fit in the dash opening. You can make up 2 hooks from stiff wire and pull it out, or remove the knee bolster, reach up behind and push it out. Be very careful of the cruise control stalk.
Here's a how-to on removing that bolster..
Once the cluster is out, remove the screws holding the speedometer in place and de-bug....:P

sokoloff 02-24-2008 09:50 PM

I think you're also supposed to unplug the red 10 pin airbag connector in the passenger foot well after having the battery disconnected for at least a half an hour.

donbryce 02-25-2008 09:31 AM

I knew about that red plug, but I omitted it because I stopped unplugging mine since it didn't make sense, and no issues either, but maybe I'm lucky???:eek: Is there a capacitor somewhere that 'stores' a charge? I couldn't find anything in the service manual about the 1/2 hour disconnect step. I've had my wheel off, and airbag unplugged/replugged, at least 1/2 dozen times.....

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