How to Remove a W211 Instrument Cluster

Updated July 20, 2017

Most Mercedes-Benz vehicles require a specific Mercedes-produced removal rod to remove the instrument cluster. The W211 vehicles, also known as the Mercedes E-Class, are no exception. This rod can be purchased directly through a Mercedes-Benz dealership or online through various stores. This removal process takes less than five minutes and is one of the easiest tasks you can perform on your Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Adjust the steering wheel as far outward as it can go, and then as low as it can go.

Insert the rod into the bottom corner slot of the instrument cluster and pop out the cluster. Repeat with the other corner slot.

Reach behind the instrument cluster and pull off the two wiring harnesses from the cluster.

Pull the cluster out of the vehicle.


If you do not own the special cluster rod, you can use a coat hanger to pry out the instrument panel, but it may scratch your vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • Mercedes-Benz cluster removal rod
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Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.