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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Glove Box and Light


10 minutes10 mins


$1.50 - $15.00




Flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1973-80)

Parts Required:

New light

Hot Tip:

Good time to inspect vacuum switches

Performance Gain:

Ability to see contents of glove box when it's dark

Complementary Modification:

Upgrade amplifier

The light that illuminates the glove box can burn out over time. It's not until you need it that you realize it. Fortunately the fix is very easy.

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.

Using a flat head screwdriver, pry off the plastic fastener.
Figure 1

Using a flat head screwdriver, pry off the plastic fastener. Be careful not to break the inset or the fastener. There will be two fasteners to remove.

Lift the glove box out from the dashboard.
Figure 2

Lift the glove box out from the dashboard.

Once the glove box is out, you will see two leads going to the light.
Figure 3

Once the glove box is out, you will see two leads going to the light. Pull both leads from the terminal.

The lens and light easily pops out.
Figure 4

The lens and light easily pops out. Unless the lens is broken only the bulb needs to be replaced. It easily pops out and a new one can be installed with minimal effort. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Comments and Suggestions:
pb2 Comments: it seems that there is a detachable light in my glove compartiment 107 450 SL 1974.So not like the above . Any idea hos to repair these?
November 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A flashlight? You will have to replace it if not working. The batteries may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts Comments: Thanks for all the technical articles - There a big help. I've taken the bulb out and it tests good zero ohms resistance There's no voltage to the bulb leads either. The Fuse is good. That's the limit of my understanding of auto wiring...What to do/check next?
August 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The bulb should have some resistance.

I would get a wiring diagram. You will have to see where voltage comes from and what protects the circuit. - Nick at Pelican Parts

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