Breaking Benz: It's not always a wrenching win

Wrenchin’ ain’t easy. At least not for me. I find some victories but there’s certainly plenty of defeat as well. And today I’m sharing full-on lameness. I decided to replace the rheostat located on the back of the gauge cluster of my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan.
This did not go as planned.
The W114 Benz has a seemingly easily swappable rheostat and I acquired the new part. I want to have working dash lights, after all.
To swap out the bad unit for the good one, I have to remove the gauge cluster. Disconnect the various wires and cables connected to the rear of the unit. Then unscrew, swap, and screw in the new rheostat.
Sounds easy right? It should’ve been… but I messed it all up.

By |2018-11-20T10:00:14+00:00November 20th, 2018|Featured, Hoonivercinema, Shift Happens|11 Comments

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Jeff Glucker is the co-founder and Executive Editor of He’s often seen getting passed as he hustles either a dark blue 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 or 1991 Mitsubishi Montero up the 405 Freeway. IG: @RedusernabJeff