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W202 dash light broken - how to replace?

Discussion in 'Interior' started by philepo, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. philepo

    philepo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi

    Does anyone know how easy it is to replace a faulty light in the odometer / mileometer?

    I'm guessing that if all the other lights are on then this isn't a separate fuse?

    Do I risk setting off warning lamps / air bag faults by diving in there?

    Cheers.
     
  2. C230kompressor

    C230kompressor Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    hi there do you mean the little LCD readout?
     
  3. chopp3r84

    chopp3r84 New Member

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    i hit a speed bump and mine went out
    i gave the dashboard a bang with my hand they went back on
     
  4. W202lover

    W202lover New Member

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    C230 kompressor i got this problem my milage dsnt show clearly its like when u have some dead pixels u know ? how can i fix that
     
  5. C230kompressor

    C230kompressor Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    hi there
    IIRC this is quite a common fault!
    i dont know weather there is an easy fix but i have seen verious fixxing kits on ebay! there might some one on here who has done it before!
     
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    philepo

    philepo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    It is the milometer readout that is now dark. The LCD is working cos you can see it in day light or with a torch, but the back lighting has gone. A bulb? Any ideas how to get at it? Cheers!
     
  7. Dec

    Dec Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The cluster has to come out, easy if you have adjustable steering, the ignition must be OFF while the 2 connection plugs to the rear of the cluster are disconnected otherwise you will have an airbag warning light on all the time, requiring a reset at dealer. Steering wheel removal is not required.

    Cluster hooks … Removal and Replacement of Expansion Valve
    Cluster removal… 202Tech Instrument Cluster Removal


    Dec
    This may not be exactly the same as your car, depends on year of your car.
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    philepo

    philepo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    incredible reply, cheers!
     
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  9. W202lover

    W202lover New Member

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    Dec , thanks a million for the post , but what should i do to fix the dead pixels ? if you could help me with that ill be grateful !! ill post a picture soon of my instrument cluster to show what i mean
     
  10. Supacool1

    Supacool1 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Dec you are a legend! That is really good to know!
     
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  11. Dec

    Dec Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I know what you mean alright, I don’t know a lot about your particular problem, my reply was aimed at Philepo, others may be of more help however it would seem that you have two options;

    Pay for the repair … Cluster Repairs UK - Instrument cluster speedometer repair, correction, modification and spares.

    Fix it yourself, I believe this involves packing out the ribbon wire that feeds the LCD screen, contact is lost between the ribbon at the PCB board resulting in your symptoms. See… Auto Repair Tips: February 2009



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    philepo

    philepo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    cannot get this method to work

    Dec,
    I tried this and the cluster will not budge. I decided not to force too much incase i break anything. How long are the prongs on the end (the hook bits). Mine were 1 cm long.

    Cheers, Philepo
     
  13. Dec

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    That’s way too much, about 5mm is about right, there are exact measurements and design in a picture if you scroll down in this link here… Removal and Replacement of Expansion Valve
    When you are pulling make sure the hook handle is horizontal at all times.
    My hooks arent a great example but the do the job ok.

    Another method is to remove the panel under steering wheel at driver’s knees and push the cluster out from behind.

    Dec
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    This is what can can happen if you get it wrong and don’t keep the hook handles horizontal when pulling, hook slips and tears a chunk out of the glass on the way out.
    Solution to that is to get another cluster from a scrap yard and swap over the front, glass part of the cluster.

    Dec

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  14. vijilants

    vijilants Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    As per Dec's post above , the hooks are way too long.

    I have done mine before and and it was very tight to remove, so I had to push it from from behind as well as tugging it with home made hooks.
     
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    philepo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the advice. I am going to leave this job. It is one of those things that irritates me that it is broken, but I would be unbelievably cheesed off if I broke the glass or set off a warning light.

    Not worth it! Thanks tho.
     
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  16. W202lover

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    Dec , i just choose the short way and got it fixed at a local shop :) it just cost me like 25 pounds .... but its so worth it , i can finally see the clock and the temp. and the km reading lol !
     
  17. Dec

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    Its an expensive bulb though. As long as you have the ignition turned OFF while the 2 connection plugs to the rear of the cluster are disconnected then there is not a lot that can go wrong in doing it yourself, however you can brake the cluster alright, been there and done that but one from a scrap yard…£20… solved that problem.


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  18. herveybaymb

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    Where to order bulbs

    Great help, same dash as mine, but where can I buy complete replacement bulbs, with holders? I have been offered bulbs only and 1.2w not 2w! Is there a UK site I can order from as I live in Australia.
     
  19. Dec

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    Your local MB dealer will supply .

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    Edit; picture updated
     

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  20. Nasco12

    Nasco12 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks for this, Dec. I've just replaced a general illumination bulb and the mileage bulb (and broken the display glass into the bargain - superglue is holding it all together for the time being.)

    In doing so, I found out that facelift bulbs are different. They are all 1.5w. This even managed to confuse the dealer.

    :)
     
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