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Removing Mercedes Benz Exterior Door Handles
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Mercedes Benz Exterior Door Handles

Steve Vernon

Time:

10

Tools:

Trim removal tool, Phillips-head screwdriver, 3mm Hex key, car keys

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W201 (1984-93)

Parts Required:

Gasket

Hot Tip:

Lubricate lock before reassembly

Performance Gain:

Can't get locked out of your car

Complementary Modification:

Replace gasket.

The door handles and locks on your car can wear out over time, especially if you live in a four season climate where they are exposed to various temperatures. This article will show you how to remove and replace your door handles, unfortunately the locks and keys are VIN matched and only available from Mercedes-Benz.

Begin by opening the door and using your trim tool to remove the grommets along the inside section. Once the grommets are removed, you will see a small 3mm Hex screw. Loosen but do not fully remove this screw (this job does not require complete removal of this screw). If you do, there is a very good chance it will fall into the door cavity, which means you have to remove the door panel to retrieve it.

Once the Hex screw is loose, insert the key into the lock tumbler. Turn the key approximately 60° degrees clockwise while simultaneously pushing the mechanism towards the rear of the door. This will free up the lock and allow you to remove it from the door.

Next, grab the handle and slide it towards the rear of the door then remove it from the front and rear bracket. You can now remove the gaskets.

If you are replacing the bearing bracket, you will need to remove the door panel. Once the panel is off, remove the three Phillips-head screws holding it to the door, and the bracket from the inside of the door.

When reinstalling the handle you will need to reach in through the upper access hole with either your hand, or if your fingers are too short, a screw driver to move the inner latch towards the outside of the door. This inner latch sits in the groove of the handle and needs to be moved into the groove or the door handle will not work the locking mechanism.

This is a picture of loosing the 3mm Hex screw that holds the locking cylinder in place.
Figure 1

This is a picture of loosing the 3mm Hex screw that holds the locking cylinder in place. All three of the door grommets have been removed in this picture but if you are removing the handle to replace the gaskets you only need to remove the one where the socket is.

Insert the key into the lock and turn clockwise approx.
Figure 2

Insert the key into the lock and turn clockwise approx. 60° degrees. While doing this, slide the tumbler back towards the rear of the door.

Remove the tumbler by releasing the key and pulling it out of the door.
Figure 3

Remove the tumbler by releasing the key and pulling it out of the door.

Slide the handle towards the back of the door and then out.
Figure 4

Slide the handle towards the back of the door and then out.

Next, use your trim tool to remove and replace your gaskets.
Figure 5

Next, use your trim tool to remove and replace your gaskets. Never reinstall the handle without a gasket. If you are going to be replacing the bearing bracket from inside the door, you will need to remove the three Phillips screws holding it on (red arrows, two screws shown). You will also need to remove the door panel to get access to the bracket from inside the door.

Here is a picture of the inner latch.
Figure 6

Here is a picture of the inner latch. You will have to make sure this latch gets seated behind the door handle when reinstalling.

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Comments and Suggestions:
rick Comments: I have a 2012 GL-550 Mercedes. I would like to know how to take the chrome piece off that's under the right front outside door handle
August 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JUJU51 Comments: I installed a 91 mercedes 190e 2.6.interior driver's side door panel onto my 88 mercedes 190e 2.3. Fits fine. I can't get the door handle to fit flush with the power switch? Please help! I've loosened the switch, but just can't get it right?!? Please Help!
August 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume it won't fit, (unless the door panels are the same part number). I don't think there is a way to adjust it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Matija Comments: hey
I do not have lock cilinder in my tumblerbroken and removed, how do I turn key 60 degrees if I cant put key in cilinder because I dont have cilinder
October 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to drill out and remove what is left over, from the broken parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
idobref Comments: Do you have the part number or a link for those handle gaskets?
November 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't, but our parts specialists will.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gerhard Comments: Hi,

I want to replace the tumbler on my 190E with a new one, because the key hole is damaged - someone tried to break in.

The problem that I have is that I can insert the key, but I can't turn the key 60 degrees to remove the tumbler. The key won't turn at all.

What can I do to remove it?

Thanks

Regards
Gerhard
January 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can drill it out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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