Car: MB 200E (W124), year model 1992.
I've been informed that the instrument panel (later: IP) should come out
by using small hooks slided in between the IP and the left side of the
dashboard at the 10 o'clock position and on the right side at the 2
o'clock position. I tried that manoeuvre, but the IP moved only couple
of millimeters until it stopped totally (in the limits or feasible
pulling force used). Should the IP really come out that way? How deep
should the hooks be pushed before turning and pulling? (I pushed only 1
cm = 0,4 inches, however, the hook seemed to get a good grip from the IP
as it didn't slip)
- Jouko L.
Yes, you need to slide the hooks in, and turn them so the grip the
indentations for them on either side of the cluster, and then just pull. You
may have to disconnect the speedo cable on the gearbox to allow enough space
to reach around to unscrew it and unplug the connectors on the back of the
Yeah, now I've done it. The IP was very tight, and there was no way to
get it out with the hooks, but I needed to remove the underdash panel
and push the IP out. That wasn't very trivial, as there's many things to
be removed until the underdash panel can be removed. That's not all:
there's not too much space behind the IP and it's very difficult to get
hands there especially to a position where they can push with strong
force (and not only be there).
- Jouko L.
Rather than using the hooks, there is an alternative method. Remove the
underdash panel via the screws. Remove the press fit a/c plastic flex
ducting. That should give your hand a clear shot to the speedo cable.
Unscrew the speedo cable and then push the cluster from the backside. This
way you minimize the chances of stretching the speedo cable and ending up
with a bouncy needle.
There are two stainless, hooked tools made to fit between the plastic pod
and the padded dash. They are not expensive and can be purchased at any
dealer parts dept. They slide between the plastic instrument pod and then
you turn to engage the hooked ends and gently pull forward. It's a friction
fit and MB techs do this all the time to replace bulbs, etc. P.
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