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Old 01-10-2001, 11:08 PM
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I have a 1994 c280 and want to remove the guage cluster could someone help me with a step by step directions of how to take it out and apart so i can scan the guages to send to a manufature of producing white guages?
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Old 01-10-2001, 11:42 PM
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removing cluster

I am assuming that you don't have the Mercedes hooks to remove it.

This is what you do:

1. Remove driver's side tweeter on dash above AC vent (be careful not to crack it it tilts to one side and then pull out) Unhook tweeter wire (the connection is inside the small foam tube)

2. Under it you'll see two small screw that hold AC vent remove them

3. Now look at bottom of AC vent (inside where the blow direction indicator is you'll see two small clips sticking out left and right. There is just enough room to put a small flat tip screw driver. You have to lift both and pull AC vent out. You can do one by one.

4. Now there should be enough room for you to stick your hand behind the cluster and push out

That's it, just be careful with the tweeter they get fragile from the sun.

Good luck,


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Old 01-11-2001, 07:56 AM
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and be careful with the cluster/steering wheel...
There is actually not enough space to take out the cluster over the (backside of the) steering wheel.
Don't turn the ignition key whilst the cluster is disconnected; it will give an illuminated SRS-light which needs the SRS system to be reset (by dealer).

When you've taken out the cluster, take a look at the connectors of this cluster and the one you already bought (98-99). If I was right (in my reply on that other forum) these connectors should be different and if they are, the electrical pulses to the cluster are different as well.

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Old 01-12-2001, 09:20 AM
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Forgot to tell you that the tweeter release is also inside the AC vent, top left corner.

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