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Old 02-17-2005, 05:26 PM
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Dashboard bulb replacement

I have a 98 ML320 based in the UK. After having encountered most common issues on this truck I now have a further iminor issue. The backlight for the heater / fan controls in the centre of the dash is blown. How the heck do I change it.
Local dealer quoted that is was a dealer job and would take a couple of hours !! (I cant believe this)

Can anyone offer some guidance please?

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Old 02-17-2005, 07:57 PM
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You access the bulbs by removing (pulling off) the dials for the 3 controls (fan/temp/mode), you will see them kind of down in a pair of holes. They say you can pull and reinstall them with a small rubber tube like a vacuum hose or something, maybe a tweezers would work?
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Old 02-19-2005, 02:37 PM
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Just like Gilly said - its that easy. I replaced mine using a pair of tweezers. The bulb cost something like $8 from my local indie shop (they actually gave it to me as I was having other service done at the same time).
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Old 02-21-2005, 09:50 AM
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Gilly , many thanks , just as you said. Took 2 minutes with a pair of tweezers. Found just one small bulb behind the central heater switch. Dealer cost 1.20 (approx $2.40)
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Old 02-21-2005, 06:29 PM
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OH! But the dealer said it'll take a few hours! Surely you did something wrong!!!
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I have bulbs out behind the fuel guage and part of the speedo - been that way for a while because the dealer said about $300 - any guidance on this one would be appreciated.
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There is a description on this thread, and also in this thread check out the link on post #5 which is my own description on how to remove the cluster to replace bulbs.
dash removal to replace bulb 98 ml 320

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Old 03-30-2005, 11:40 PM
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I followed the instructions on that thread a few years ago and was able to perform the task in about 15 minutes. You can sure save a ton of money if you are patient and don't mind doing a few tasks yourself...
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