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Question : THE backlighting of the instrument
panel in my year 2000 Mercedes-Benz E230 has blown, and I am
unable to tell my road speed at
My regular mechanic, a
Mercedes-Benz specialist, tells me
that the bulbs are not replaceable
and that a complete new instrument panel would be required, at a
I would be grateful if you could
advise whether there are any alter-
natives since I do not want to spend
a large amount of money of some-
thing seemingly so insignificant.
Answer : ALTHOUGH the official line is that the instrument panel
lights cannot be repaired, there are electrical specialists who have found a way around
that and can replace the lights at a
relatively modest cost.
However, before you do that, it
would be wise to make a quick check
to make sure that the fuse supplying
the dash lighting has not blown, or is
making poor contact.
The fuse is located behind a cover
just under the steering on the driver's
side. Another common problem is the
rheostat (dimmer) for the instrument
Again, if the rheostat has failed, it is
replaceable at a modest cost.
Only if these two checks have failed
should you turn to your local auto-
motive electrical specialist for assistance.