Instrument panel problems

Well, I'll try and post again (don't know what happened to original post). I have read a few posts about skitzy instruments and thought I'd share my experiences. My 1988 560Sl had a problem with the enigine temp, oil
pressure, and fuel gauges (or is it guages?). At times, the engine temp would peg high, the oil pressure would drop a bar (from 3 to 2), and the fuel gauge would jump to "full"... I could thump dash cluster lightly, and all would return to normal most of the times (or I could wiggle cluster by grasping bezel and shaking it). When it was messing up, the needles would dance or pulsate in time with the left signal... About the same time, I noticed my radio would operate without the key being turned to acc, or on, etc (always hot, it seemed). I read all about checking grounds, and removing the instrument cluster to check contacts/wiring harness, and was not looking forward to removing the steering wheel (complete with air bag) to trouble-shoot. I finally got a good manual and began researching the wiring... I found that my radio actually drew power from two fuses, #1 and #12. It seems, my #1 fuse was blown, even though it appeared to be good upon visual inspection (while still in the fuse box). I removed it and checked it with an ohm meter and discovered it was infact blown, and, upon closer inspection, could see the element was separated slightly... I replaced the #1 fuse and found the radio began truning off after about 15sec after key was switched off. Also, my gauges quit dancin! I even tried to make the gauges malfunction as before, but to no avail. A couple of other things began working which I had not checked into prior to changing the fuse. My cigar lighter and glove box began working (but, according to the wiring diagram, are only hot when key is switched to acc, on, or starting...), as well asthe little light which illuminates the ash tray. I do not know why this fuse affected the instruments as it did, but am glad, at least for now, that I don't have to remove the steering wheel, etc and trouble-shoot the instrument cluster.
Hope this helps someone... CHECK those fuses... somehow, current can run around in strange pathways.
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Thanks! My speedometer lights are sort of out. One on the left went out. Then the one on the right. I hit the dash and right one came on. So when they pulled all of the dash to replace evaporator for ac, I had then replace the 8 or so bulbs behind it. Both speedometer lights out now. So they said the module needs to be rewired or whatever, only $600 and about a week out of the car. So I think I will check all the fuses - are they the ones in the fuse box in the engine or in the trunk?
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Sorry... I do not know on your model... Maybe someone else will ante-up.

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