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Old 08-13-2002, 12:42 PM
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Unhappy I think I'm in over my head

I will have to take off the steering wheel to pull the cluster to change my burnt out bulbs in the cluster.

I don't think I will try this since I could see myself messing this one up.

How much do you think I would be charged at the dealership for this?

Could you please tell me your experiences?

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Old 08-13-2002, 01:16 PM
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We get 1 hour to remove clusters in pretty much all of them. When I was the dealer it was about 1 to 1.5 to do it.



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Old 08-13-2002, 03:33 PM
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I don't think you have to go as far as pulling the steering wheel off (190E owners, am I off on this one?)

You should be able to move the steering shaft out far enough to give you clearance to pull the cluster and get to the bulbs.

The gauge puller tools are $15 at FastLane, and I bought a set because I plan on yanking clusters out often for bulbs, gauge face conversions, etc.

You can use a couple of coat hangers with narrow hooks fashioned at the ends to do the same job. The cluster isn't bolted anywhere, just snugly fit into the dashboard housing via a rubber seal surround or rubber snubs at the top and bottom of the cluster.

Dealer here charges $100/hr labor...that is a bit much to replace $6 bulbs!


Or do what I did a couple of weekends ago....$12 for assorted bulbs for SL, $317 for the broken clear plastic gauge facia caused by over-exuberant pulling of the cluster...
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Old 08-13-2002, 05:08 PM
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On cars with the mechanical oil-pressure guage, be VERY careful not to damage the oil line going to the guage...or you'll be sorry! BIG mess!

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Old 08-14-2002, 02:39 AM
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pulling the instrument cluster

I pulled the cluster on my 79 300td. it was easy, but then Im a longtime fixer guy. It pulled straight out, steering wheel was not a problem on this car, it had about 6 plugs, then the speedo cable and the tiny pipe for the oil line were a little dicey. The rubber gasket around the perimeter was twisted , and never did go back right, but it was always that way. All in all not too big of a deal for me. Lorenzo in Great Falls.......
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Old 08-14-2002, 12:47 PM
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After reading these posts, a simple cost to benefit analysis tells me that $150 taxes in at the dealer will be cheaper than...

The consequences of breaking other parts in the process...

Thank you for the responses boys.
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Old 08-14-2002, 06:51 PM
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G-Benz-You are wrong. Need to pull the wheel on 190. However, i wonder if there is a way around it...
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Old 08-14-2002, 07:04 PM
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G-Benz-You are wrong. Need to pull the wheel on 190. However, i wonder if there is a way around it...
That sucks...
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