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Removing Mercedes Benz Rear Door Panels
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Mercedes Benz Rear Door Panels

Steve Vernon

Time:

20 min

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, trim removal tool, needle nose pliers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W201 (1984-93)

Hot Tip:

Door panels are expensive, take your time

Performance Gain:

Doors that work

Complementary Modification:

Replace switches.

This article will show you how to remove your rear door panel. It is not a difficult job, but the door panels can be very expensive so take your time and double check things. Also, if you are going to be working on your own car, it is a good idea to purchase a set of trim removal tools. They are a set of hard yet flexible plastic tools of different shapes and sizes that are used in removing trim pieces. They work a lot better than a flat-head screwdriver and there is nothing worse than ruining a "do-it-yourself" project by scratching up your car or damaging expensive interior pieces. Pelican sells a full line of these tool sets for under $20.

Before you begin removing the door panel, you should park the car on as level ground as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than working on the door while it is swinging. It is also a good idea to get yourself a small box or container to keep all your parts organized.

First remove the plastic lock along the upper ledge. It unscrews counter clockwise. The door panel is only held on by two (2) attached pieces of hardware. The first is the door lock trim piece. Remove this piece by unscrewing the Phillips screw and pulling the trim piece straight back.

Second is the door pull handle. Using your trim removal tool, remove the trim piece at the top of the pull handle. Underneath, remove the 10mm nut. Now you can slide the housing for the interior door handle forward and out of the panel. Once it is forward you can remove the actuator rod that connects the handle to the lock assembly behind it.

Now using your trim tool, you need to remove the window switch. Pry the switch from the door panel and disconnect the wiring harness from the switch.

You have now removed everything that is bolted to the door panel. Mercedes-Benz door panels are different from most other manufacturers in that they do not use compressible clips to hold the panel to the door. These panels are held on to the door by hard plastic hooks that sit within pockets in the sheet metal of the inner door. Once you have all the hardware off the door, you simple need to lift the panel up and away from the door. The rear doors have two metal clips that help hold the panel to the upper rail of the door. These can take a little pressure to get them to release from the door, make sure you don't break the panel while remove these.

With the door panel removed you will see what is referred to as a "vapor barrier" between the panel and the door. It is really just a piece of plastic held on by glue, and is used to keep out any wind, weather or noise from entering the vehicle. If you are going to be doing further work on your door, carefully, and I mean carefully, try and remove it in one piece so you can reuse it when putting the door back together. If you damage it, you can get some thin plastic sheeting from your hardware store and recover the door with it.

Installation is the reverse of removal.

Shown here is the interior door panel.
Figure 1

Shown here is the interior door panel. You will need to remove the door lock pull (blue arrow) lock trim piece (green arrow), the trim piece by the door pull (red arrow) and window switches (red arrows). The purple arrows show where the retainer clips are located under the panel.

After unscrewing the door lock pull, remove the lock trim piece by removing the Phillips screw and pulling the trim piece straight back (red arrow).
Figure 2

After unscrewing the door lock pull, remove the lock trim piece by removing the Phillips screw and pulling the trim piece straight back (red arrow).

Remove the door pull handle trim piece with your trim tool.
Figure 3

Remove the door pull handle trim piece with your trim tool.

Unbolt the 10mm nut behind the trim piece.
Figure 4

Unbolt the 10mm nut behind the trim piece. Once this is removed you can slide the complete handle piece forward and out of the door.

After the handle unit has been pulled forward, reach in and remove the actuator rod (green arrow) from the handle (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

After the handle unit has been pulled forward, reach in and remove the actuator rod (green arrow) from the handle (yellow arrow).

Shown here are the two clips that help secure the panel to the upper part of the door.
Figure 6

Shown here are the two clips that help secure the panel to the upper part of the door.

Here is the interior of the door panel.
Figure 7

Here is the interior of the door panel. You can see the five hooks that hold it to the door (yellow arrows). Insert lower right shows the plastic hooks.

Figure 8

With the door panel removed, you'll see the moisture barrier on the door. You'll want to carefully peel this off the inside of the door starting at the rear edge of the door. The idea is to peel it off in just a way so that it can be glued back onto the door later. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Dave Comments: 1986 190. Passenger window went down but wouldn't go back up. Rear switch did nothin cause the window was down. Just for kicks I sprayed some electronic contact cleaner right down the ends of the console switch with the teeny straw. Couldn't believe it when IT WORKED !!! Window works from both switches. Thanks for the great pics and instructions, but in this case I got lucky. Think I'll play a number.
August 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Chief1937 Comments: Your illustration are excellent!
MB could learn something from you all !
August 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ronen456 Comments: door panel mercedes w126 1985 grey
May 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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