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Old 07-10-2003, 01:01 AM
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Unhappy Lights Out!

Does anyone know if the center console, door window switch lights, and sun roof switch lights are all connected to the dimmer switch on a '93 400E?

As of last night when my husband left to come home from work the instrument panel, center console, window switch light on rear doors, as well as the sunroof switch light are not functioning.

The interior lights in the bottom of the doors and on the roof work though.

I've spent the evening reading through the threads and my conclusion would be the dimmer switch is broken. But since the switches aren't lighting up on the back doors or in the center console I didn't know if this pointed to something else. Oh, all of the fuses have been checked and changed!

If it is the dimmer switch can someone confirm that on the 400E that the speedometer cable doesn't have to be disconnected when removing the instrument cluster? (I read this in one of the threads) Also, does anyone know if the dimmer switch on 400E has to be soldered in, as suggested on some cars, or is it the small circuit board style?
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:03 AM
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Check for fuses. I doubt the dimmer switch is the culprit of your problems.
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:08 AM
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We have already checked and changed fuses! Nothing changed.
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Old 07-10-2003, 06:17 PM
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Anybody? How about you tech people?
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Old 07-10-2003, 07:40 PM
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This site offers instructions on how to remove your cluster and add white faced gauges. Forget the extra steps, remove the cluster and replace the dimmer switch/rheostat. It is located directly behind the dimming knob. You remove it with a little hand force or easier with a flathead screwdriver. I have an extra one for my 1987 300E, if it fits your car, I will sell it to you for $5. New is around $20
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Keyless Entry
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Debadged (rear)
custom "carbon fiber" console
18 inch HP EVO rims
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