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Pelican Technical Article:

Left Side Lower Dash Panel Removal

Kerry Jonsson

Tools:

Phillips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R129 (1990-02)

Parts Required:

Left side lower dash panel

Hot Tip:

Vacuum out the driver's foot well area in case you drop some screws

Performance Gain:

Access to the components under the right side of the dashboard

Cars are becoming more and more computer controlled every year. This means there is an increase in the amount of wiring a car has in it. Wiring is run all throughout the car. It is tucked away under carpeting and covers to protect it and remove it from view. Sometimes when systems fail we are going to need access to this wiring. Under the driver side of the dashboard are many important electrical connectors and wiring. You may need to remove the right side lower cover to access this wiring and connections. In this tech article we will go over the necessary steps to remove the left side lower dash panel.

This picture illustrates under the left side of the dashboard looking up at the lower panel.
Figure 1

This picture illustrates under the left side of the dashboard looking up at the lower panel. Find and remove the two Phillips head fasteners (green arrows). They may be covered by the carpeting on the panel so you may have to uncover them. You do not need to remove the steering wheel to remove the lower cover but we have done so for photographic purposes.

Remove the Phillips head fastener (green arrow) mounted under the parking brake release handle.
Figure 2

Remove the Phillips head fastener (green arrow) mounted under the parking brake release handle. It may be covered by the carpeting on the panel so you may have to uncover it.

This picture illustrates under the left side lower dash panel looking up at it.
Figure 3

This picture illustrates under the left side lower dash panel looking up at it. Remove the two Phillips head fasteners (green arrows) that attach the bottom of the panel to the dashboard frame. There is supposed to be a black panel that attaches to the left side lower front panel and covers from the lower panel to the firewall. This is missing on our car. The two screws that hold on the carpeted right side lower dash panel are the same screws you have to remove the missing black cover.

Push the panel downward in the direction of the blue arrows to separate it from the dashboard.
Figure 4

Push the panel downward in the direction of the blue arrows to separate it from the dashboard. Installation is the reverse of the removal steps. Position the panel and install the upper and lower fasteners that hold it onto the dashboard frame.

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Comments and Suggestions:
demer Comments: instructions are suppose to be for the right side. instructions and pictures are for the left side.
September 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Good catch. I will have the article updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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