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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Replacement

Tom Morr

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$618 to $1,045

Talent:

**

Tools:

Ratchet, sockets, screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R170 (1998-04)

Parts Required:

Touch-up paint or replacement bumper

Hot Tip:

A second set of hands will help prevent scratches during re-installation.

Performance Gain:

Improved aesthetics

Complementary Modification:

Replace antenna if necessary

The R170's rear bumper isn't as accessible as its front. The rear bumper's mounting hardware is behind the trunk panels, which are held in place with bolts and plastic rivets. The panels are not necessarily difficult to remove, please see our article on removing the trunk panels.

Once the panels are out, the bumper is freed with six fasteners and by unplugging the antenna. The bumper can then be repaired, repainted or replaced as necessary.

With the trunk panels removed the roof's closed limit switch must be activated so that the trunk can be returned to its
Figure 1

With the trunk panels removed the roof's closed limit switch must be activated so that the trunk can be returned to its "normal" horizontal position. The manual recommends carefully wrapping a zip-tie around the switch.

Next, the antenna cable is unscrewed from the amplifier.
Figure 2

Next, the antenna cable is unscrewed from the amplifier. The cable's body grommet is then pushed outward, out of its mounting hole.

Remove the toothed lock washer (green arrow) secures the bumper on either side, inboard of the taillights.
Figure 3

Remove the toothed lock washer (green arrow) secures the bumper on either side, inboard of the taillights.

Remove the inner fender bolts (green arrow) that is located on each side.
Figure 4

Remove the inner fender bolts (green arrow) that is located on each side. Under each of these bolts is a flat washer and a rubber sealing washer, which should be replaced if it's deteriorated.

Remove the fastener in the wheel well arch on each side.
Figure 5

Remove the fastener in the wheel well arch on each side.

The bumper is now free and can be pulled away from the body.
Figure 6

The bumper is now free and can be pulled away from the body.

The antenna cable is long enough that the bumper can be set on the ground while the lead is routed through the body hole.
Figure 7

The antenna cable is long enough that the bumper can be set on the ground while the lead is routed through the body hole.

Installation is the reverse of the removal.
Figure 8

Installation is the reverse of the removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
David Comments: Dear Sir/Mada,

Please I need these under listed items for my Mercedes SLK R170 Left hand Drive.
2000 MERCEDES SLK 230 200 320 R170 PASSENGER NEAR AIR DASH VENT 1708301554

2000 MERCEDES SLK 230 200 R170 AIR VENT HEADLIGHT SURROUND 1708301654
MERCEDES 170 SLK 2000-2004 FACELIFT CENTRE CONSOLE

MERCEDES 170 SLK 1996-2000 PRE-FACELIFT CENTRE CONSOLE SECRET TRAY 12V ADAPTER
1998 MERCEDES SLK 230 R170 GEAR SHIFT SELECTOR SURROUND CARBON EFFECT 1706800536
MERCEDES SLK 200 230 320 R170 CENTRE CONSOLE FROM A 2000 CAR FACELIFT RHD

MERCEDES SLK 230 200 320 R170 GLOVE BOX 1706802587

MERCEDES SLK230 KOMP SPORT R170 1998 INTERIOR DASH TRIM CARBON 1706800936

Awaits your immediate answer back.

Thanks,

David Onovo
September 21, 2015
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