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Old 05-04-2002, 12:08 AM
Larry D
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Question Does the 115 instrument cluster just pull out?

My 115 (a 1976 240D) finally needs the instrument cluster bulbs changed. I found lots of posts about simply pulling the cluster out of the panel on a 123 model, but nothing specifically for its predecessor the 115. Same procedure, or is there a different trick? Also, do I REALLY have to disconnect the oil pressure gauge line to get the cluster out far enough to change bulbs? If so, this will mean that instead of changing the bulbs, I duct tape a small flashlight on the steering column, pointing at the gauges. REALLY!! Every unpleasant mechanical experience I've had with this car has been somehow connected to that dirty, sooty engine oil! I'm sure that when my doctor takes blood for my physical, he finds traces of black oil that's soaked through my fingers! And those scenes from X-Files gave me nightmares for weeks!

Thanks in advance for the help!

Hey, Larry B, what does "Float to it fall!" mean?
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Old 05-04-2002, 03:23 PM
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Location: Gainesville FL
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Yes the cluster just pops out. They can seem like they have been glued if in the sun a lot. I would get in behind from the bottom and push. The oil line and the speedo should be undone from the bottom before removal. Use a 14mm wrench to hold the gauge while loosening the 10mm oil line. You do not want to creat an internal leak from the gauge.
Steve Brotherton
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Gainesville FL
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33 years MB technician
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Old 05-06-2002, 12:36 PM
Larry D
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Thanks, Steve! I'm guessing that since we only see the sun maybe 40 hours a year here in (western) Oregon, it will be a snap to pop the cluster out. Too bad about the oil line, but I'm probably overdue for some new "stories" anyway.

'preciate the response!
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Old 05-06-2002, 02:02 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Venezuela
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Steve, i got a 89 560sl had it for some time now, never did anything to it. last week i recieved asome parts i got from fastlane, so started working on it, cables rotor dist cap plugs, fuel pumps an filter, i got the cd too but kind of hate it, do you know of any one making paper books for my car?, wath is the gap for the plugs?. The car allegedly has 67000milles, now the odo is of way off, the spedoo works good but the odo is runnig maube a t 40% of wath the real speed is, I was tinking about taking the cluster out, now reading this post, does the 560 have a mecanical oil pressure gage!!!, it looks like the wheel has to come of, any tricks? I was planing on changing my trany fluid, would mobil syntetic fluid work, or should i just leave it alone.

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98 EV11
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