When to replace the Ignition Leads on your MERCEDES-BENZ 123 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Ignition Cable Kit : 60000 km
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123) 200, MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123) 200 (123.220), MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123) 230 E (123.223) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Replacement: ignition leads – MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123). Tools you might need:
Wire brush
High-temperature anti-seize lubricant
Dielectric grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #10
Drive socket # 10
Spark plug socket # 16
Ratchet wrench
Phillips screwdriver
Crow bar
Fender cover
Replacement: ignition leads – MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123). AUTODOC recommends:
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123).
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Disconnect the earth cable terminal from the battery. Use a combination spanner #10.
  2. Step 4
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    Unscrew the inlet pipe fasteners. Use a Phillips screwdriver. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  3. Step 5
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    Remove the fastening bolts.
  4. Step 6
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    Remove the inlet pipe.
  5. Step 7
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    Remove the high tension cable bracket.
  6. Step 8
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    Make marks to indicate the order of installation of the spark plug wires.
  7. Step 9
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    Disconnect the spark plug wires from the spark plugs.
  8. Step 10
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    Disconnect the high tension cables from the ignition distributor.
  9. Step 11
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    Remove the high tension cables.
  10. Step 12
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    Treat the ignition distributor terminals. Use a wire brush. Use dielectric grease.
  11. Step 13
    Fit new high tension cables.
    Step 14
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    Connect the high tension cables to the ignition distributor.
    Replacement: ignition leads – MERCEDES-BENZ Saloon (W123). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Follow the installation sequence.
  12. Step 15
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    Remove the ignition coil cover.
  13. Step 16
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    Disconnect the high tension cable from the ignition coil.
  14. Step 17
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    Remove the high tension cable from the ignition coil cover. Use a crowbar.
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