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Instrument Cluster Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Instrument Cluster Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Tools:

Mercedes-Benz tool 140-589-02-33-00

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W203 (2001-07)

Parts Required:

New instrument cluster

Hot Tip:

Save some money and make your own tool

Performance Gain:

Reliable, bright gauges

Complementary Modification:

Clean everything while you're in there

Removing the instrument cluster on your Mercedes C320 is not a difficult job; you can even do it without removing the steering wheel. Mercedes recommends that you purchase the special tool they make for removing the clusters but you can certainly make your own using a metal coat hanger.

Begin by moving the steering wheel as far back from the dash as possible. I always recommend disconnecting the battery when working with any of the cars electronics and recommend you disconnect the ground strap here as well.

There are two access holes; one on each side of the cluster. Whether you are using Mercedes special tool #140-589-02-33-00 or have made one for yourself, insert the tool; with the hooks facing out, approximately 3 1/2 inches in until you feel a little resistance, push another 1/4 inch and you have unlocked the cluster. Using the tool, turn the handles so the hooks on the ends are facing downward and pull the cluster from the dash. Reach in behind the cluster and unclip the wiring harness. It is one of those clips that you push down on the release, then rotate the grey bar down and it pushes itself out of the connection.

Remove the cluster from between the dash and steering wheel.

Installation is the reverse of removal.

There are two access holes (red arrows); one on each side of the cluster.
Figure 1

There are two access holes (red arrows); one on each side of the cluster.

Whether you are using Mercedes special tool #140-589-02-33-00 or have made one for yourself, insert the tool; with the hooks facing out (red arrow), approximately 3 Â1/2 inches in until you feel a little resistance, push another Â1/4 inch and you have unlocked the cluster.
Figure 2

Whether you are using Mercedes special tool #140-589-02-33-00 or have made one for yourself, insert the tool; with the hooks facing out (red arrow), approximately 3 1/2 inches in until you feel a little resistance, push another 1/4 inch and you have unlocked the cluster.

Turn the handle (red arrow) so that the hook ends are facing downward.
Figure 3

Turn the handle (red arrow) so that the hook ends are facing downward.

Pull the cluster from the dash (red arrow).
Figure 4

Pull the cluster from the dash (red arrow).

This photo illustrates how the tool interacts with the lock inside the cluster (red arrow).
Figure 5

This photo illustrates how the tool interacts with the lock inside the cluster (red arrow).

Reach in behind the cluster and unclip the wiring harness.
Figure 6

Reach in behind the cluster and unclip the wiring harness. Push down on the release (red arrow), then rotate the grey bar down and it pushes itself out of the connection.

This photo illustrates the harness (red arrow) out of the connection.
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the harness (red arrow) out of the connection.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Al Comments: Hello: First, let me just say thanks for this service. Had replace a stowage compartment and, if I followed MB instructions I would still be trying to figure what the hell they were talking about. If the help of your technical guidance, I fixed the problem in 20 minutes. My next question is my cluster indicating miles, oil pressure, etc., has shit the bed on me and would like to get it repaired and/or replaced. Am on the tech pages indicating the removal steps and can do, no problem, but are these things fixable. If I get a replacement am sure the unit will have to be calibrated. Your guidance is appreciated.
July 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Replacement will need programming. If you get it repaired, you should be able to plug and play with the repaired unit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Halli Comments: Nick at Pelican Parts - Thank you for your advice. I will check if I can unclip the plastic..
May 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Look at the sides for tabs. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Halli Comments: I need to open the glass from the instrument cluster on ML 320 1998, there is a chrome ring around the speedometer which is loose. How do I open or remove the glass???
May 12, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The plastic should unclip from the sides and around the perimeter of the instrument cluster.

We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Aaron Comments: Is a 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 Dashboard Instrument Cluster compatible with a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320?
January 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think so. Check if the part numbers are the same, if so, they are. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Taff Comments: I have a 2001 Mercedes E320 I have bought a replacement instrument cluster for it, can you tell me is the mileage and other information held in the cluster or in the engine as I dont want to lose it
October 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The mileage is stored in many modules and updated ruing programming of the new part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Alan F Comments: Can somebody please tell me how many globes are in the W203 dashboard and the colours please?
Doing an LED conversion :
TIA
September 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JUSTME Comments: I have ML320 1998 and its different than this guide
May 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I apologize, the page header states your model was covered.

Your steering wheel and lower trim panel has to be removed Then the instrument panel clips removed.

We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
HAMOOD Comments: I have ML320 1998 US model
Its totally different than mine, how to remove it ?
April 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This article states it covers your model:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Mercedes-W203/BODY-Instrument_Cluster_Removal/BODY-Instrument_Cluster_Removal.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mercy320 Comments: I recently removed the instrument cluster from my 98 clk320. After reinstalling the instrument cluster, I am getting a 'Display Defective" message. The temperature is wrong and the brake, abs, and other lights are on. Also, the thermostat and fuel gauge no longer work. What should I do?
April 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check if the connectors are damaged or not plugged in correctly. If they are OK, check fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: Hi, I have a 2004 Mercedes E320. I am going to replace the cluster with a used one. The new cluster has less mileage but it is from the same make and model of my car. Do I need to program the cluster I bought?
March 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think it will work, due to the VINs not matching. At the minimum you will have to program it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
SONNY Comments: WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO MAKE A TOOL FOR REMOVAL OF INSTRUMENT CLUSTER ON 2000 MERCEDES E320
December 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Find a thin rod and bend the end of it into a 90° shape. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
icturn Comments: I need a instrument cluster for a 1998 e32 Mercedes which are the compatible Mercedes instrument clusters
November 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Elvis Comments: Hi there, i am interested in getting a mercedes-benz scan tool.
kindly give me costs including shipping to Nigeria.
Thanks, Elvis
July 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
niles Comments: I just replaced the cluster on my 02 clk320, and now the cluster say display does not work and gauges don't work, and check engine light on, i thought i had a faulty cluster, i put back my old one and now same thing happened. what needs to be done to reset my old cluster to the way it was?
June 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need a Mercedes-benz scan tool to clear any faults set and program the new cluster. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nile Comments: hello i have a 02 clk320 once i replace the cluster will i have to program the used cluster to the main bcu?
May 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. The cluster will have to be programmed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Greg Comments: Hi,are the bulbs replaceable for the instrument cluster on 03
C 320 ? I can not see the digital odometer, clock,or the out side temp display during day time very dim .
May 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100% sure. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
silber Comments: the grey bar on the wiring harness fell off and was wondering if you guys sell a replacement grey bar?
March 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We should be able to get it for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dave Comments: I removed the instrument cluster on my ML320 to replace it. My speedometer works fine for about 50 miles then starts reading high till it actually rotate to the bottom. I purchased a used cluster and after installing the replacement cluster I discovered the gas gauge did not work so I re installed the original cluster. Now my outside temp does not read. Any ideas on the temp gauge and do you think replacing the cluster will take care of my speedometer issues?
February 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure, I would have to test the input to the cluster using a Mercedes-Benz scan tool. I would start by running a system test on the cluster with the scan tool.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
01c320 Comments: hi how would i be able to replace a light bulb inside the instrument cluster
November 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year and model do you want to do this in? IT may or may not have replaceable bulbs. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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