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Old 03-28-2000, 08:23 PM
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my fader control is not working and would like to check it out. I need help on how to remove the wood panel to get to the fader control. Also, would appreciate info on how to remove ( just slide out) the radio to inspect the wiring at the back of the radio.


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Old 03-28-2000, 10:07 PM
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You will find two screws behind the ashtray. Take them out. Then you will see the other 2. Take them out and the wood will slide back and out. The radio, you may need the little specail keys for.

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Old 03-29-2000, 05:21 AM
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Is this procedure the same for all W126 cars? (Specifically 1983 380SEL)

Some assorted debris has fallen through the shiftgate and is sitting in the folds of the rubber boot surrounding the shift lever, and it seems like it'd be easier to clean out if I could get the wood and shiftgate off.
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Old 03-29-2000, 11:01 AM
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Yes, all 126 cars should be the same, unless someone has changed the original condition.

When Benzmac says the two screws are behind the ashtray, he means you must open the ash tray to full extension, lift out the ash tray part, and then the two screws will be revealed under that removed tray. The ash tray "chassis" will then come out, with wires and such attached (which are for the light and the cigar lighter). Careful not to yank, as they could break off.

Then, if you still have the original Becker, it has two clips on the bottom of the radio chassis, which you will be abel to see by looking up through the ashtray slot. Push those clips up and in, and the radio will slide out into the passenger compartment. Again, be careful with all the wires; some are short and you will need to juggle/jiggle to check them. Have fun......Andras
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Old 03-29-2000, 12:27 PM
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The explanation of andras as far as removing the becker radio appears to be intuitive, but what about the wood panel where the fader control is located at? Are the other 2 sets of screws (that will show after the ashtray is removed) the ones holding this wood panel? The location of the ashtray seems to be unconnected to where the wood panel is, where the fader control and power window controls are located at.

Anyway, once the wood panel is removed, how would one remove the fader control or any other control like the power window controls for example? do we need a tool? or will they come off easily by hand?

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