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Removal and Installation of Hazard Switch
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removal and Installation of Hazard Switch

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20 to $100

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1973-80)

Parts Required:

Hazard switch

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery

Performance Gain:

A hazard switch that works

Complementary Modification:

Replace the shift lever cover

The hazard switch can fail due to mechanical wear or a drink spilling into the mechanism or it can corrode. In order to replace the hazard switch, you will have to remove the shift lever cover in order to get to the shift lever, to replace the hazard signal or to replace the window switches.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses, work gloves and dispose of all fluids in a safe manner. Protect your eyes, hands and body from dust, debris as well as sharp objects and edges while working on your vehicle. Disconnect the battery before beginning work. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Move the shift lever to the neutral or drive position.
Figure 1

Move the shift lever to the neutral or drive position. This is required in order to have room to remove the ashtray. The ashtray has to be removed in order to get to the shift lever cover screws.  

Before the ashtray can be removed, the climate control panel has to be removed.
Figure 2

Before the ashtray can be removed, the climate control panel has to be removed. Open the ashtray.

Gently pry off the climate control cover.
Figure 3

Gently pry off the climate control cover.

Move the ashtray forward to expose the holding clip.
Figure 4

Move the ashtray forward to expose the holding clip.

Press the holding clip down to lift the ashtray forward.
Figure 5

Press the holding clip down to lift the ashtray forward.

The ashtray can be pulled forward and removed.
Figure 6

The ashtray can be pulled forward and removed. The frame will now have to be removed.

Once the ashtray is removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws.
Figure 7

Once the ashtray is removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws.

Once the ashtray is free, pull it forward and disconnect the lead that provides power to heat the cigarette lighter coil.
Figure 8

Once the ashtray is free, pull it forward and disconnect the lead that provides power to heat the cigarette lighter coil.

With the ashtray removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws from the shift lever cover.
Figure 9

With the ashtray removed, loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws from the shift lever cover.

Pull the shift cover forward.
Figure 10

Pull the shift cover forward.

Disconnect the leads for the window switches and the hazard indicator switch.
Figure 11

Disconnect the leads for the window switches and the hazard indicator switch.

The shift lever cover is removed.
Figure 12

The shift lever cover is removed.

Disconnect the leads that are connected to the panel.
Figure 13

Disconnect the leads that are connected to the panel.

The hazard switch is located in the middle for the panel.
Figure 14

The hazard switch is located in the middle for the panel.

The switch is held in place by tension clips.
Figure 15

The switch is held in place by tension clips. Depress the tension clips to free the switch.

The switch is now free to be replaced.
Figure 16

The switch is now free to be replaced. Assembly is the reversal of removal.

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