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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing the Lower Dash

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

8mm socket, Philips head screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Don't scratch the dash

Performance Gain:

Access to other systems

Complementary Modification:

Clean instrument cluster

You may need to remove the lower dash to access other components on your car. There are two separate parts to the lower dash. Each side can be removed independently of the other. To remove the passenger side you will need to first remove the glove box or air bag dependent on which model or year your W124 was constructed. If you are removing the airbag please see our article on airbag removal and remember to first disconnect the battery.

Begin by removing the lower kick panels on the sides you are working on. Please see our article on kick panel removal for further assistance.

Driver Side- Begin by using a trim removal tool or gauge cluster tool (red arrow) to remove the trim piece around the ignition switch.
Figure 1

Driver Side: Begin by using a trim removal tool or gauge cluster tool (red arrow) to remove the trim piece around the ignition switch. It pulls straight back and off.

Driver Side- With the trim piece off (yellow arrow) remove the two 8mm bolts (red arrows) holding the dash by the wood trim piece.
Figure 2

Driver Side: With the trim piece off (yellow arrow) remove the two 8mm bolts (red arrows) holding the dash by the wood trim piece.

Driver Side- If you have not already removed the kick panel you will need to remove it first.
Figure 3

Driver Side: If you have not already removed the kick panel you will need to remove it first. Then use an 8mm socket and remove the two bolts holding the lower trim panel on.

Driver Side- Remove the head light knob by pulling it straight back and off (red arrow).
Figure 4

Driver Side: Remove the head light knob by pulling it straight back and off (red arrow).

Driver Side- There is a small bulb in the center of the headlight switch (red arrow).
Figure 5

Driver Side: There is a small bulb in the center of the headlight switch (red arrow). I find it easier just to pull it out rather than risk breaking it while working.

Driver Side- If the switch has never been removed you may need to use a socket to loosen the nut holding the switch in place.
Figure 6

Driver Side: If the switch has never been removed you may need to use a socket to loosen the nut holding the switch in place. The nut is 24mm but most of them can be loosened with pliers.

Driver Side- Pull the trim piece away from the dash and disconnect the light from the headlight switch indicator (red arrow).
Figure 7

Driver Side: Pull the trim piece away from the dash and disconnect the light from the headlight switch indicator (red arrow). Remove the trim piece including the section that goes over the steering wheel.

Driver Side- Pull the parking brake handle out and remove the three Philips head screws (red arrows).
Figure 8

Driver Side: Pull the parking brake handle out and remove the three Philips head screws (red arrows).

Driver Side- Lower the dash and remove the parking brake cable from the handle by turning the cable so the cable can be removed from the slot in the handle (red arrow).
Figure 9

Driver Side: Use an 8mm socket and remove the three bolts holding the upper section of the lower dash in place (red arrows).

Driver Side- You can lower the dash and remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 10

Driver Side: Lower the dash and remove the parking brake cable from the handle by turning the cable so the cable can be removed from the slot in the handle (red arrow).

Passenger Side- Begin by removing the glove box or air bag from the upper dash.
Figure 11

Driver Side: You can lower the dash and remove it from the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Passenger Side- Use an 8mm socket and remove the two bolts on the lower section of the dash (red arrows).
Figure 12

Passenger Side: Begin by removing the glove box or air bag from the upper dash. Please see our article air bag removal for further assistance. Make sure to follow the instructions on air bag removal and disconnect the battery. Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two Philips head screws along the air bag opening (red arrows).

Passenger Side- There are two Philips head screws attaching the lower dash to the upper dash behind the air vent (red arrows).
Figure 13

Passenger Side: Use an 8mm socket and remove the two bolts on the lower section of the dash (red arrows).

Passenger Side- There are four small clips inside the upper and lower vent that need to be pulled up so you can pull the vent out (red arrow).
Figure 14

Passenger Side: There are two Philips head screws attaching the lower dash to the upper dash behind the air vent (red arrows). You will need to remove the vent to get access to the screws.

Passenger Side- Disconnect the small light from the rear of the vent (red arrow).
Figure 15

Passenger Side: There are four small clips inside the upper and lower vent that need to be pulled up so you can pull the vent out (red arrow). You will need to use very small screwdrivers or gauge cluster removal tools to hold the clips in the up position while pulling the vent out.

Passenger Side- Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws behind the dash by accessing them through the vent opening (red arrows).
Figure 16

Passenger Side: Disconnect the small light from the rear of the vent (red arrow). This photo illustrates the clips on the top of the vent (yellow arrows).

Passenger Side- You can now lower the dash and remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 17

Passenger Side: Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws behind the dash by accessing them through the vent opening (red arrows).

Passenger Side: You can now lower the dash and remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 18

Passenger Side: You can now lower the dash and remove it from the vehicle. The red arrows indicate the clips the vent screws attach too. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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