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 > Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-24-2008, 10:28 AM
tom pitts
Posts: n/a
560sl instrument cluster removal

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


Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 10:53 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: NB Canada
Posts: 1,173
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.. Now this is just plain dumb! 560SL knee bolster
Once the cluster is out, remove the screws holding the speedometer in place and de-bug....
1986 560SL
2002 Toyota Camry
1993 Lexus

Last edited by donbryce; 02-26-2008 at 07:25 PM. Reason: Revised instruction, bad memory
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2008, 09:50 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Posts: 2,462
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.

'59 220S Cabriolet-SOLD and living happily in Malta
'83 240D 351,500 miles original owner-SOLD
'88 560SL 41,000 miles - being parted out
'99 E300 turbo 220,500 miles
'03 SLK320 40,000 miles - gave to my daughter
'14 Smart electric coupe 20,000 miles
'14 Smart electric cabriolet 18,000 miles
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2008, 09:31 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: NB Canada
Posts: 1,173
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??? 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.....

1986 560SL
2002 Toyota Camry
1993 Lexus
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 09:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, 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