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Replacing climate controls

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1984 300sd, trying to figure out how to replace climate control on the car. Does the wood panel need to be pried off? If so, how? Also, do you have to remove the dash to get to the instrument panel light bulb(need to replace)?

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Post a picture of the console. If its the same console as mine I will describe the dissassembly for you

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1985 380SE

Please don't pry anything. You will break the wood on the console. You first have to remove the ash tray and unscrew the two screws that hold the ashtray assembly into the console. When you pull this out you must unplug the cig lighter and the light for the ashtray. Now remove the coin tray at the front of the console.
Now look at the wood panel and you must remove your radio. Unplug all of the connections. Now find two screws that hold the wood panel to the console. Unscrew these and now you can slowly remove the wood panel. You will notice that the rear light switch and the sunroof switch and the hazard switch and the antenna switch can now be removed from the panel. Carefully remove them remembering what plugs in where. Unplug the climate control electric cables and then notice how the unit is mounted to the console.

Be very careful not to break any of the plastic pieces or the wood. This stuff can be expensive to replace.

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John

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1985 380SE

1986 300SDL

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Climate controls

On my 1983 300d my controls weren't working so I opened the black box to see what was inside. I found that 3 of the printed circuits were burned up. I traced them out and simply soldered replacement wires in their place. I also found that where the circuit boards meet at a 90 deg. angle that the solder joints were cracked, probably from vibration. I used a very low watt iron and wires out of a phone cord to fix it. You might want to open yours up and see if you can repair it.

Hope this helps.

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