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Old 12-11-2003, 04:37 PM
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Question How to replace bulb behind clock on '99 E-class??

Hey guys. My mom's '99 E300 has had the bulb burn out behind the clock section of her dash/cluster. I"m wondering - what's the part number or type of bulb I need, and secondly, how do I go about getting at it to replace it?? Thanks!
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The complete instrument cluster housing must be reomved.
You need special removal tools & extreme caution.
Very easy to damage the plastic cluster housing.

MB part number 910141-000000 for the bulbs. Replace at least 3, all of the ones behind the LCD displays. They stay on any time the key is on.
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Old 12-11-2003, 06:47 PM
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Thanks mb doc, what type of special removal tools? I was told by someone I could gently pull it out by hand, is this not true? Thanks for any tips on getting this done.
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Old 12-12-2003, 12:34 AM
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You cannot pull it out by hand. That is risking breaking the cluster. The tools only cost a few bucks, so spring for them.

They slide in between the cluster and the dash, and then you ease the cluster out. Your E-Class has an adjustable steering wheel which makes the job easier.

There are many many threads with instructions, so do a search and prepare for lots of info.

BTW, if you are not into the task you can have a dealer do it, and most charge an hour's labour plus the bulbs. Replace them all or you'll be pulling the cluster again soon.

I used the tools to do the bulbs on our 98 E300 and the job took about 30 minutes. I could do it quicker now, but went very slowly as it was my first time. On the C230, it takes longer as I don't have an adjustable steering wheel and have to work to get the cluster around the wheel. The dealer removes the wheel to do the job, but I can do it without.

There is a way to make your own tools using a wire coat hanger, but the MB tools work better.
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