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Old 07-07-2005, 12:08 AM
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1994 S500v W140 Alarm System And Bulb Replacement Issues


I am the owner of a 1994 S500V and I am currently in the process of replacing multiple bulbs that have burnt out.

First, I would like to thank those of you who I Private Messaged and helped with the replacement of bulbs for my Climate Control Unit.

Now I seem to have other bulb replacement issues...

1. Does anyone know how to replace the alarm's red / green bulbs within the two front door handles? I have tried searching this board, but was not able to turn up a procedure for such.

2. When replacing the driver's door "mud lamp" bulb - the light that is located at the bottom center interior of the door and is illuminated when the one of the front doors is opened - I accidentally unpluged the plastic housing from its power line... problem being that I am unable to retrive the power line / cord that connects to the plastic housing - as it is behind the door's trim and I cannot get it to give enough slack so to reconnect it to the plastic housing. Do I have to remove the whole internior door panel to capture such? Is the a way to remove the speaker covers to gain access to such? If so, how?

3. Lastly, I have removed the driver's side left air vent to gain access to behind the central instrument cluster so that I can replace bulbs for such. Doing this, I figured would be a simple push from behind the instrument cluster, however, this has not worked for me - and I do not have the proper Mercedes-Benz tools to pry the cluster out from the front. Does anyone know if there is also a way to access the rear of the cluster through the center air vents aswell, so that I can push from behind on both sides? I believe that this would give me enough leverage to push the cluster out, completely. If so, how do you go about removing the central air vents?


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Old 07-07-2005, 09:06 PM
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Hmmmm, nobody's answered so I'll try to fill in the pieces I know.

Para 1) No clue. Sorry.

Para 2) I suspect the easiest way is to remove the door panel. The speaker covers you asked about are removed by taking out the fasteners from the back of the panel. You can't pry them out from the front without breaking them. You've got to pull the panel to remove the speaker covers. Even if you could get the covers off, the speaker "box" behind the covers would preclude you from getting inside the door directly. Do a search and you'll find out how to remove the panel. Its not hard, but there are a few tricks.

Para 3) You don't need the "special tools". I've pulled my panel with two pieces of coat hanger bent in the right shape. Worked fine. Removing the center vents is a task in itself. I sure wouldn't got thru all of that to pull the cluster. Besides, once the vents are out, you'll be fighting your way past the top of the climate control plenum and its associated vacuum controls to get where you're trying to go.

1996 S500 W140 Coupe
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Old 07-08-2005, 08:26 PM
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went to the dealer today and they said that the door handle was one complete piece. i didnt even bother to ask how much dinero! anyway - had then replace the lights behind the cluster and the other light previously mentioned on the driver's door. total of 2 hrs wait and a $190 invoice - as you could imagne - i was not happy! thanks for all of your input!

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