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sorry for opening an old thread, i've just changed the panel over. I was very impressed, only took about 30min. I want to sort the sun sensor next, I understand the cabling is already in place. One end goes on the sensor, is the other end already 'plumbed in' or does it need to be plugged into something?

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The 'other' end is already connected to the rear of the Climate Control Unit (if you connected the plugs back in correctly when you swapped it over)


It's just the Sun Sensor end that needs connecting - you'll need the sensor AND a new centre vent to suit your car (with or without the Parktronic Display)

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Thank you both - now, to get the sensor and fit it.

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Hmm, seems I have the same problem - the cold is not 'icy cold' just warmish...

I did disconnect the battery. do you think I need to disconnect and leave it for 30min or would that not matter?
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Hmm, seems I have the same problem - the cold is not 'icy cold' just warmish...

I did disconnect the battery. do you think I need to disconnect and leave it for 30min or would that not matter?
Warmish air means the A/C isn't working. If the A/C has thrown any codes, it won't function until the problem is fixed and the codes cleared. Incidentally, not disconnecting the battery can throw a code which must be cleared before the A/C will work. The moral here is don't perform any electrical work no matter how simple without disconnecting the battery. BTW, remove the negative cable to do this.

In any case, you must have a scanner to check what's going on. Also the system won't work if the refrigerant level isn't exactly right, too high or too low.
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It was working before, and I did disconnect the neg terminal on the battery. I didn't leave it very long, only the time it took me to get all the panels out etc. unfortunately there is not a friendly indy nearby who will check the codes for me, the one I have used charges me £100 a time!


I have left the moisture sensor(?) connected because I don't have the pollution sensor yet, would that stop the A/C working?
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It was working before, and I did disconnect the neg terminal on the battery. I didn't leave it very long, only the time it took me to get all the panels out etc. unfortunately there is not a friendly indy nearby who will check the codes for me, the one I have used charges me £100 a time!


I have left the moisture sensor(?) connected because I don't have the pollution sensor yet, would that stop the A/C working?
When I upgraded to the digital in-dash unit I too disconnected, the old system cooled correctly, but with the new system it would not cool. Took it to a local shop that used Star DAS to see if there were any fault codes. They did find a fault and when they cleared that fault code the sysem started cooling immediately.

If you don't have one of our members local that has the Star system then you will likely have to pay the shop fee.
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It was working before, and I did disconnect the neg terminal on the battery. I didn't leave it very long, only the time it took me to get all the panels out etc. unfortunately there is not a friendly indy nearby who will check the codes for me, the one I have used charges me £100 a time!


I have left the moisture sensor(?) connected because I don't have the pollution sensor yet, would that stop the A/C working?
No. I installed the sun sensor and the pollution sensor, but the system will work fine with just the Digital Temperature Control installed. You can get a scanner from these folks for less than 100 pounds:


BTW, just set the temperature to 72 degrees, and it will handle all situations. It's the best improvement ever for the SLK!
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If you don't have one of our members local that has the Star system then you will likely have to pay the shop fee.
Ah, unless I can find another shop, that wont happen!

This garage was the one that when my engine warning light came on and she stalled at roundabounts and such, upgraded the software for £268. I drove off and the light came on again, so I went back and they turned it off, and gave me a bill for "customer requires reassurance" and the advice to ignore the light and drive for another 5k miles, so the software could "settle down and learn the way i drive".

needless to say, i took it to the main dealer, they replaced the maf and it was perfect!

Does that scanner allow me to clear the errors too fix the issue?
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Answered my own question;

I have a £10 bluetooth ODBII reader and iCarly (which is awesome), picked out four codes, no sun sensor, no humidity sensor and no defrost flap? ill sort the first two, it also reported low pressure - when I cleared them all the low pressure went away and it's back to its kinda cold. i think i need to get the system flushed and pressurized, but its working at least.

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also, happy to help out anyone else in the Dartford area if they need codes clearing!!
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I will admit the talent level of this group is incredible, any of the mods I keep reading about are things that were standard on my former Cadillac and I miss them. I am envious of the talent, while I have tinkered some the thought of rewiring something brings fear of having a very heavy paperweight sitting in my garage
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I know this string has been discussed over and over, but I would love to replace the dial system in my 07 SLK280 but the only prices I can find for these are over $600. While I have searched junk yards sites, for $600 I will simply turn the knobs. I guess I am surprised that a car that cost as much as these new this wasn't a standard option as with most other cars of that year group. I am open for suggestion on how to get this cost down.
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I know this string has been discussed over and over, but I would love to replace the dial system in my 07 SLK280 but the only prices I can find for these are over $600. While I have searched junk yards sites, for $600 I will simply turn the knobs. I guess I am surprised that a car that cost as much as these new this wasn't a standard option as with most other cars of that year group. I am open for suggestion on how to get this cost down.
Have you tried LKQ junk yards. They have 100's of yard across the US and each location sets their own prices for what they have to sell. Check them out if you haven't already.
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Have you tried LKQ junk yards. They have 100's of yard across the US and each location sets their own prices for what they have to sell. Check them out if you haven't already.
thank you, I will try their site
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I set an automatic search in ebay and it took about 6 months or so for the code to come up, but when it did, it only cost me £300.
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thank you, I will try their site
I did a quick look around and Martin's Import Salvage 800/569-9711 has one for $100 with stock number 6F0617. If you go for it get them to pull the pollution sensor (in the battery compartment) and the sun sensor (from upper dash with small grille and sensor) and send you the whole package you need to do the conversion.

If you need it the car is a 2006 SLK 350, has 58,919 miles, and the VIN is WDBWK56FX6F098312. They got it on their lot about April 2016, so the car my have already been crushed and the additional items no longer available.
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I did a quick look around and Martin's Import Salvage 800/569-9711 has one for $100 with stock number 6F0617. If you go for it get them to pull the pollution sensor (in the battery compartment) and the sun sensor (from upper dash with small grille and sensor) and send you the whole package you need to do the conversion.

If you need it the car is a 2006 SLK 350, has 58,919 miles, and the VIN is WDBWK56FX6F098312. They got it on their lot about April 2016, so the car my have already been crushed and the additional items no longer available.
Thank you, I have sent them an email asking if the part is still available, now we wait and see. Also if I can sneak the part past my wife. Ha ha
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Thank you, I have sent them an email asking if the part is still available, now we wait and see. Also if I can sneak the part past my wife. Ha ha
No need to sneak. Just tell her that it's for her convenience and ease of use


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Thank you, I have sent them an email asking if the part is still available, now we wait and see. Also if I can sneak the part past my wife. Ha ha
Yeah, as mentioned it is all for her. Just make it about her. Also, knowing junk yards, I would call them instead of waiting on an email response.
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I found one in a breaker here in the uk. Who refused to sell it to me. Told me the connectors on the back were different and it wouldnt fit, thus didnt want to handle a return.

His mechanic disagreed with me and then hung up in the middle of the call! I seem to attract all the crazies!
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I found one in a breaker here in the uk. Who refused to sell it to me. Told me the connectors on the back were different and it wouldnt fit, thus didnt want to handle a return.

His mechanic disagreed with me and then hung up in the middle of the call! I seem to attract all the crazies!
If you're sure you're right, why not just get the breaker to write "Final Sale/No Returns" on the bill of sale? He's covered and you're happy. Hopefully


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