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1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Question: Starter lockout relay module replacement procedure?



fujifixit, Cottage Grove, OR, July 27, 2010, 21:02

It seems the starter lockout module went gunny. It is located behind the left side of the dash. I do believe a pickaxe would be a handy tool for removal but the owner is a neat sort. How does one remove the left side of the dash panel?
Finally wired around the starter lockout module and fixed the no starter function. I could not get to the lockout module itself since to access it I think one has to remove the instrument cluster which I tried to do. The procedure calls for sliding a hook behind the cluster on the right side, engaging the hook in the recess about 4 inches behind it and pulling it out. It sure would be nice to have some experience in this because it would come out about 1 1/2 inches but no further. I applied a ludicrous amount of force before I finally gave up and pushed it back into place.
I located the purple wire coming out of the ignition switch, cut through the insulation and ran a shunt wire from that to the purple green wire that goes to the neutral safety switch. Starter problem solved.
Now on to the engine wiring harness. What a nightmare that is! Does anyone know of an alternative to paying around $1000 for the wiring harness?

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    Visitor, December 06, 2010, 06:53

    take it to the shop before you TEAR YOUR CAR UP. YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!

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    fujifixit, December 11, 2010, 22:27

    worked just fine smartass.

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