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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Panel Removal

Tom Morr

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdrivers, T9 Torx bit, trim removal wedges

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R170 (1998-04)

Hot Tip:

Get spare door-panel clips.

Performance Gain:

Restores door function and possibly appearance.

Complementary Modification:

Clean or repaint panel, fix window function, repair or upgrade speakers.

Door panels are usually removed to fix a problem behind them. Behind-panel components include the mechanisms for the door locks/latches, side mirrors, and windows. Speakers and their wiring are also accessible once the panels are removed. Also, R170 SLK owners often re-paint their door panel inserts when fixing flaking paint off the console and dashboard panels.

No special tools are required, and the job can easily be done at home by SLK owners who possess average mechanical skills. Trim-removal tools are handy (Pelican Parts offers an affordable set of low-impact plastic tools), but do-it-yourselfers have successfully used masking-tape-protected putty knives, plastic kitchen utensils, and other suitable substitutes for years. We used a cedar carpenter's shim here.

The plastic retainer clips often break when the door panels are pried off. Applying Murphy's Law, buying replacement clips minimizes the chance of the existing ones breaking.

Park the car on level ground if possible before starting. This helps keep the door stationary while working on it. On cars with side airbags, disconnect the battery and let everything discharge for 30 minutes. Accidental airbag deployment can be avoided this way.

The photos here show a 2000 SLK230. Panel-removal went off without a hitch. The weatherstripping rail along the glass came unglued when the panel was removed. No big deal: a few dots of glue in the factory locations should return the panel to its OEM glory.

On cars with manual windows, crank them open.
Figure 1

On cars with manual windows, crank them open. The armrest's handle cover is pried off at the bottom. A cedar shim worked for us.

Remove the two large Phillips screws (green arrows).
Figure 2

Remove the two large Phillips screws (green arrows). On some models, the upper screw is shorter than the lower one.

The plastic cover on the A-pillar comes off next.
Figure 3

The plastic cover on the A-pillar comes off next. We used a "dandelion digger" panel removal tool from the local parts store, but a wedge or shim will also work.

A plastic trim piece on the door's rear is held on by two T9 Torx screws (arrows).
Figure 4

A plastic trim piece on the door's rear is held on by two T9 Torx screws (arrows).

Next off is the lock escutcheon, which is held on by one screw (green arrow).
Figure 5

Next off is the lock escutcheon, which is held on by one screw (green arrow).

On models with side airbags, the SRS emblem is pried off.
Figure 6

On models with side airbags, the SRS emblem is pried off.

A Phillips screw is removed from behind the SRS emblem (green arrow).
Figure 7

A Phillips screw is removed from behind the SRS emblem (green arrow).

Beginning at the bottom, pry the panel away from the door.
Figure 8

Beginning at the bottom, pry the panel away from the door. The wedge can be slid from clip to clip, then the panel "popped" outward. When the clips are released, lift upward to release the weather stripping/sealing rail.

With the panel separated from the door, the tweeter can be unplugged (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

With the panel separated from the door, the tweeter can be unplugged (yellow arrow).

Disconnect the door-release cable by pushing its end out of the plastic clip on the door handle.
Figure 10

Disconnect the door-release cable by pushing its end out of the plastic clip on the door handle. A Phillips screwdriver works.

The door panel can now be cleaned or painted, the handle and grille replaced as necessary, etc.
Figure 11

The door panel can now be cleaned or painted, the handle and grille replaced as necessary, etc.

The plastic clips (green arrows) sometimes break during panel removal.
Figure 12

The plastic clips (green arrows) sometimes break during panel removal. These survived intact, but the window sealing rail came unglued when the panel was pulled off the door.

Pelican Parts sells plastic panel clips individually and in four-packs.
Figure 13

Pelican Parts sells plastic panel clips individually and in four-packs. Also, the panel's various components can be disassembled by unscrewing the retaining nuts. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
NickOhio Comments: Where are the wires for connecting the door panel air bags?

My car is an early built July, 1997 R170 with only standard US base model features.

I may have more questions once the panel is removed. It appears my car has a lot of clips broken from the panel. So, I will likely have to use a strong 3M trim adhesive to reattach the plastic parts on the panel. And, the center panel seems to be loose and not attached to the main door panel. I will know more once the whole door panel is removed.
September 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The airbag has the connector on it, that is where you will detach it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
AZAFVET Comments: What type of adhesives are recommended to attach the front part of the drivers door panel to the door? Also the little spoiler came loose and then was removed from my 2004 320 SLK Special Edition. How do I remove the old adhesive and is there are part number for the factory adhesive strip to re-attach the spoiler?
March 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 3M makes trim and molding adhesives. Remove it using a plastic scraper.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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