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Removing the ash tray on a W123 is easy, but the method is not immediately obvious. This guide will show you how. Also, you'll learn how to remove the backing plate that the ash tray sits in in case you need to get greater access to the area behind it.


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  1. Mercedes W123 Ash Tray Replacement, Ash Tray: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • With the car turned off, engage the parking brake. Failure to do this could be dangerous as you need to move the gear lever out of park to continue this guide.

    • Then move the shift lever all the way back in to L to give you room to work.

  2. Mercedes W123 Ash Tray Replacement: étape 2, image 1 de 1
    • Now pull the ash tray open as you normally would.

  3. Mercedes W123 Ash Tray Replacement: étape 3, image 1 de 1
    • Now push down on the tab that is at the center of the ash tray assembly.

  4. Mercedes W123 Ash Tray Replacement: étape 4, image 1 de 1
    • While continuing to hold down the tab you can pull the ash tray forward, and out of the opening it sits in.

  5. Mercedes W123 Ash Tray Replacement: étape 5, image 1 de 1
    • If you want to remove the entire assembly including the bracket that the ash tray rests in you can proceed to remove the two screws that hold it to the center console.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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What would be the purpose of removing ashtray ?

Andrea Summadre - Réponse

It provides access to the portion of the center console behind the ash tray. There is wiring back there. It can also help with the removal of the shift gate panel.

Nicolas Siemsen -

Removal of ashtray is also necessary to access the lamp which illuminates the cavity. After taking ashtray out, remove two Philips (+) screws, then separate metal cover from plastic housing. Next to the lighter housing is light socket. It holds a 12 volt, 2 watt, T2 bayonet base, #1272 lamp. Push, then twist lamp to remove. Clean copper terminal at side of socket as well as moving contact on side of ashtray housing. This lamp is same type as used for automatic shift indicator. This is one of the most overlooked lamps in a W123 chassis. Tip: while metal cover is removed, clean and scrub ashtray, it is much easier to access this way.

analogcd - Réponse

Hello Nicolas, How about removing the radio, is there a latch to be released from the ash tray compartment?

chirolob - Réponse

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