Instrument cluster removal W208

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  1. tacho d

    tacho d Active Member

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    Hi, I have the typical dead pixels on a clk 230 which make the clock unusable. I have managed to locate the new ribbons requiered on ebay but cannot see a way of removing the cluster. Is this easy, or does the steering wheel and airbag need to come off too. What is the procedure. Any suggestions welcome.
     
  2. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

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    Insert a pair of hooks each side of the cluster, engage well, then pull it out.

    You can either buy hooks cheaply or make some out of wire coat hanger metal.


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  3. andy27168

    andy27168 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Two methods to remove the cluster you either buy some special puller tools (cheap on e-bay) or you can push it out from behind. Though MB say you have to remove the steering wheel you can do it without its removal.
    Heres one method for cluster removal, if you search "Mercedes cluster removal" on Utube there are others.

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  4. Will

    Will MB Club Veteran

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    Can't see the video from here but no need for hooks or removing the panel to push it out. Just pull it towards you and out - it's only held in by friction. Just work it forward a little alternating between each side and it will come out easily. Have done this on both my 210s and my CLK before - 30 seconds work :)
     
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    tacho d

    tacho d Active Member

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    Thanks a lot guys, glad I posted the question. Like so many other jobs, a lot easier than I thought. Will give it a go when armed with suitable soldering iron.
     
  6. the prince

    the prince Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Looks very easy. Great tip. I'm also looking to repair mine, bit have read some nightmare posts about speedo not being recognised when put back in.
     
  7. t567wab

    t567wab Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You don't need soldering iron. Sellotape does the job as well. That's how i fixed mine few weeks back..
     

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