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Courtesy and Glove Box Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Courtesy and Glove Box Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$5 to $30

Talent:

*

Tools:

Hands

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W123 (1977-85)

Parts Required:

Switch

Hot Tip:

Remove the front seat to give you more room

Performance Gain:

Working glove box lights

Complementary Modification:

Check all your brake light bulbs

Whether your Mercedes is new to you or you have had it for years, there are some jobs that you should just NOT pay anyone else to perform on your vehicle and one of these is replacing the courtesy or glove box light switches. The W123 has a courtesy light switch on each door and one for the glove box. These switches are the same and are replaced in the same manner. If you have checked the bulbs in your car and they are not the problem make sure you change out these switches yourself; it is quick, safe and easy--so do not pay someone else to do it.

Over the years your car may have been serviced by multiple people including previous owners and this can lead to parts replaced with different size fasteners and hardware. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. If something is different on your vehicle please let us know and share your info to help other users. If you have any questions or comments or even a different procedure you would like to share please leave it below and please leave your vehicle information.

The door courtesy light (red arrow) switches are located on the leading edge of the door jams and the glove box switch is located in the surround of the glove box.
Figure 1

The door courtesy light (red arrow) switches are located on the leading edge of the door jams and the glove box switch is located in the surround of the glove box. Replacement of the switches is the same regardless of the location.

Park on a level surface so the door will not keep trying to swing shut on you.
Figure 2

Park on a level surface so the door will not keep trying to swing shut on you. Open the door fully. The switch is held in place by two small tabs on the top and bottom (red arrows). Squeeze in the tabs and pull the switch out from the door jam.

Remove the two electrical connections on the switch and use care that the wires do not fall back into the door jam or you just made a simple job complicated (red arrow).
Figure 3

Remove the two electrical connections on the switch and use care that the wires do not fall back into the door jam or you just made a simple job complicated (red arrow). Attach the wire connections to the new switch and simply insert it back into the door jam or glove box surround.

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